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September 21, 2017 A grandmother and her granddaughter enjoy high tea at Ushers Ferry Historic Village

History, Tea and Fun - Downton Abbey Style - at Ushers Ferry

Put on your elegant attire and pay a social call to Ushers Ferry on Sunday, October 8 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Guests will spend the afternoon in the newly restored Schulze Cottage, listening to music and enjoying tea and dainties from the period, served from fine china and silver. Advance registration is required. Read More

September 21, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Information Sought in Homicide Investigation; Reward Offered by Linn County Crime Stoppers

Police are seeking the public's assistance with information about the murder of Kenneth Everett that occurred on Saturday evening.  A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. Read More

September 21, 2017 sculpture in Ellis Park

Four sculptures to be installed in parks September 30

On September 30, Public Art Appreciation Day in Cedar Rapids, the Downtown Cedar Rapids Rotary Club will install four sculptures in Bever, Cherry Hill, Jones and Noelridge Parks. The installation will be completed by volunteers at each park from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Read More

September 19, 2017 A picture of colorful fall leaves

Register Now for Fall Leaf Tour on October 12

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation is offering the annual Fall Leaf Tour for adults ages 50 and up on October 12. Participants will travel by motor coach to view the fall splendor of the Mississippi Valley, visit the apple orchards near Gays Mills and enjoy a late lunch at Breitbach’s in Balltown. Advance registration is required. Read More

September 18, 2017 Police car door

Homicide Investigation Update

Cedar Rapids police officers responded to a shooting incident at 383 17th Street SE on Saturday at 8:24 p.m. and arrived on scene to find two victims who had sustained gunshot wounds.   Read More

September 13, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Police Apprehend Suspect after Pursuit on Highway 30

A suspect was apprehended after leading police on a pursuit on U.S. Highway 30 from Cedar Rapids to east of Mechanicsville. Read More

September 12, 2017 Dump truck hauling material

Traffic Alerts

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September 11, 2017 Bow hunter with sunset in the background

Urban Deer Hunt - September 16, 2017 to January 10, 2018

The City of Cedar Rapids will continue its annual Urban Deer Hunt for the 2017-2018 season as authorized by City Council Resolution # 0762-09-07.  The Urban Deer Hunt is scheduled for September 16, 2017 through January 10, 2018. Read More

September 11, 2017 A boy with a red hat paddling a bright green kayak

Adventure Together at Cedar Lake Park September 30

With the support of the City of Cedar Rapids, area non-profits SportAbility of Iowa and Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor are working together to present an outdoors adventure-themed fundraiser on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cedar Lake Park. All are welcome! Participants can join in on adaptive kayaking, hand cycling, and a fun run around the lake! All ticket sales and donations will benefit the work of the two organizations. Read More

September 08, 2017 Traffic painting truck applying paint

Two-Way Conversion Begins on 3rd Avenue SW – Closure in Effect Sept. 11

Starting on Monday, September 11, crews will begin applying new pavement markings to convert 3rd Avenue SW from one-way to two-way traffic. The project area includes: 3rd Avenue SW, from 6th Street SW to 5th Avenue SW. Read More

September 07, 2017 Row of historic residential homes

´Build Outside the Box' Panel and Q&A September 18

The City of Cedar Rapids and Urban Land Institute Iowa invite residents to a special panel series: “Build Outside the Box: Rethinking form, function, and financials,” which will be held Monday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Whipple Auditorium (450 5th Avenue SE). Read More

September 01, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Subject Arrested for City Services Center Incident

The individual involved in the City Services Center incident on Wednesday, August 23rd was arrested this morning.  Russell Jay Howard, DOB/08-19-1975, age 42, was discharged from the hospital this morning and taken into police custody around 9:00 a.m.  Howard was arrested for Carrying Weapons and Unauthorized Possession of an Offensive Weapon.  

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August 30, 2017 Police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel respond to a car crash at 15th Street and 1st Avenue East in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids Fire Captain Responds to Flooding in Texas and Louisiana as Part of DMAT

A Cedar Rapids Fire Captain is part of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team assisting in southeast Texas and Louisiana. Read More

August 25, 2017 3rd Ave after conversion

Traffic Signal Removals Downtown

Traffic signal removals scheduled in the downtown as part of two-way conversions. Read More

August 09, 2017 Assistant Fire Marshal Steve Dunham

Assistant Fire Marshal Steve Dunham Completes International Professional Designation Process

Assistant Fire Marshal Steve Dunham has successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of “Fire Marshal.”  The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on July 26, 2017 to confer the designation.  Assistant Fire Marshal Steve Dunham becomes one of only 129 Fire Marshals worldwide. Read More

July 31, 2017 Fall 2017 Play Guide cover with a girl serving a volleyball

Parks & Recreation Fall Registration Begins Online July 31

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s fall program registration begins online July 31 at 5:00 p.m. or by phone, 319-286-5566, during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., beginning August 1. The Play! guide, with programs for all ages and abilities, will be posted online at CRREC.org. It will be mailed the week of August 7 to all Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Robins residents inside Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids’ quarterly magazine. Read More

July 21, 2017 Construction equipment

Construction Zone Safety Concerns and Reminders

With a number of construction improvements underway throughout the community, the City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind the public of important safety tips and regulations on construction zone safety.  The City is appreciative of the public’s patience as permanent roadway improvements continue.     Read More

July 20, 2017 Street crews working on concrete

Traffic Alerts

Traffic Alerts issued July  2017 Read More

July 14, 2017 City-Hall-Sign

City Expands Online Bill Payment Options

The City of Cedar Rapids has recently expanded customer online payment options, making it easier and more convenient than ever to submit your City payments. Read More

June 06, 2017 City-Hall-Sign

City Council Records Now Available to Search, View Online

Residents can now use the City's new Public Access Viewer tool to search and view many Cedar Rapids City Council public records from their own computers and mobile devices. Read More

May 04, 2017 City-Hall-Sign

Cedar Rapids Receives Aa1 Bond Rating on General Obligation Debt and Aa2 Bond Rating on Revenue Debt

The City of Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 (stable) rating to the City’s $36 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017A and $1.1 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017B. Read More

April 12, 2017 Police car door

Police Requesting Assistance Identifying Theft Suspect

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of an individual who is suspected of using a credit card that was reported stolen.  The suspect used the credit card to make purchases at a local retailer on March 14, 2017. Read More

March 31, 2017 Row of historic residential homes

Iowa Finance Authority Announces More than $73.6M to Build and Preserve Housing

Affordable Housing Projects in Eight Iowa Counties Receive Federal Housing Tax Credits

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March 08, 2017 2016 Five Seasons Award Winners

City of Cedar Rapids Accepting Nominations for Citizenship Awards

The City of Cedar Rapids is accepting nominations for the Five Seasons Citizenship Awards program, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, through Friday, April 28, 2017. Read More

February 24, 2017 Street equipment on the road

42nd Street Paving for Progress Project Wins Engineering Achievement Award

February 19 kicked off National Engineers Week, which recognizes the engineering workforce and calls attention to the many ways engineers enhance the quality of life for their communities. The Public Works Engineering Division has recently been recognized with the Engineering Achievement Award in the Transportation Category for the 42nd Street NE Paving for Progress project.

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February 16, 2017 Engineer talking with students

Science Classes Explore Bridge Designs with City Engineer

In advance of Engineers Week February 19 – 25, Public Works Engineering staff visited Prairie Creek Intermediate School and provided 5th grade science students in several classrooms with insight into engineering career fields. Students learned that careers in civil engineering include working on bridges, trails, parking structures, roads, and much more. Read More

February 15, 2017 downtown skyline

Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force  Report

The Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force was formed in early February of 2016 to address the problem of gun violence in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas in the county. The Task Force worked to investigate the current state of the community and explore solutions to youth violence. Read More

December 14, 2016 Row of historic residential homes

City of Cedar Rapids Joins Nextdoor

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined Nextdoor to help make our community stronger and safer. Nextdoor is a free private social networking website for neighborhoods. Read More

December 13, 2016 Dog and cat outside in the snow

Brrrr – It's Cold Outside! Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

When the mercury dips into freezing temperatures, it’s important for you to protect your companion animals from the cold.  Here are a few guidelines that will help you keep them safe. Read More

December 02, 2016 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2016 Paving for Progress Impacts

The 2016 Paving for Progress season is nearing completion, which includes approximately 10 linear miles of pavement improvements. This year marked the third construction season of the program, which will include an estimated $18.4 million investment and a completion of 28 streets.  Read More

October 12, 2016 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

City Breaks Ground on Sinclair Levee

City officials celebrated a milestone in permanent flood protection during a groundbreaking for the Sinclair Levee on October 11. The ceremony acknowledged the construction of the first permanent flood protection since the adoption of the Flood Control System Master Plan in June 2015. Read More

September 28, 2016 Barricades around Veterans Memorial Building

Flood Update and Revised Evacuation Area

The Cedar River level is slowing dropping after cresting at nearly 22 feet yesterday. The river will likely remain high for the next several days, and is expected to reach approximately 18 feet by Thursday early evening. The evacuation area has been adjusted to a smaller perimeter. Barricades and access control points have been moved to the revised perimeter and will continue to be monitored for public safety. Read More

September 27, 2016 Flooding around May's Island, evening of September 26

Overnight Efforts and Continued Flood Response

The Cedar River is cresting at 22 feet and will likely remain high for the next several days. Residents are still urged to stay out of the evacuation area and to heed curfew times until the flood risk has passed. Do not go near the temporary flood control system or go near water. Read More

September 26, 2016 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control Measures in Place

Cedar Rapids’ temporary flood control measures are in place and Public Works engineering teams as well as US Army Corps of Engineer teams will actively monitor for any weaknesses and re-enforce the system as necessary 24 hours a day. Read More

September 25, 2016 City workers prepare for flooding

Flood Preparation and Evacuation Plans Continue

The Cedar River is projected to crest at 23 feet at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Cedar Rapids will see a river crest of 16 feet by Monday morning, which is considered major flood stage.  The City’s Incident Command Team activated at 7:00 this morning and is utilizing a cross-departmental team of Public Safety, Public Works, and other City departments. Read More

September 25, 2016 View of empty street taken from third avenue

Important: Flood Evacuation Notice

Residents in the evacuation area are strongly encouraged to leave the area. Returning to your residence may be restricted because of the potential safety risks in the evacuation zone.  Public safety personnel are recommending that you leave immediately, but no later than 8:00 p.m. this evening.  Remaining in the evacuation area places residents at risk and will place safety personnel at risk. Read More

September 22, 2016 Generic-City-News logo

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

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Temporary City Hall Relocation Information Effective Immediately

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