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September 21, 2018 BoatRampClosed

Boat Ramp Closure at 7:00 P.M. Sunday Due to High Water

Due to heightened Cedar River water levels, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be closing boat ramps at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23rd.  By closing the boat ramps, boats and other watercraft are discouraged from being on the Cedar River when the river level is at 13 feet or higher.  Read More

September 19, 2018 Splash Pad - web

Cedar Rapids Splash Pads Closing Thursday, September 20

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will turn off the splash pads in the parks on Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. Read More

September 17, 2018 Commercial construction site

Cedar Rapids Sets New Record for Construction Permit Valuation

The City of Cedar Rapids has set a new record for the total reported valuation of all building permits. For fiscal year 2018, the total valuation of building permits was $376 million, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal year 2012 by $29 million, and surpassing last year’s total by $130 million. Read More

September 11, 2018 Street crew operating equipment

Traffic Impacts & Notices

Information on traffic impacts and notices. Read More

September 11, 2018 A group of kids playing Quidditch on the lawn in front of the gazebo at Ushers Ferry

Play Quidditch at Ushers Ferry September 23

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites kids ages 9 and up and their parents to play Quidditch at Ushers Ferry on Sunday, September 23 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Participants will first learn the basics of this Harry Potter-inspired sport and then will play a round or two. Advance registration is required. Read More

September 11, 2018 Village visitors sitting in desks and listening to the tour guide dressed as a teacher in the one-room schoolhouse

Fall Family Fest at Ushers Ferry September 30

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation is hosting the Fall Family Fest at Ushers Ferry Historic Village on Sunday, September 30 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The event, for all ages, includes historical demonstrations, crafts, hayrack rides, games and more. Advance registration is available but not required. Read More

September 10, 2018 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control System Funding Plan

At the Tuesday, September 11 meeting, City Council will vote on a plan for funding the City’s portion of the Flood Control System. Permanent flood protection is needed to keep residents and property out of harm’s way, protect economic investments and encourage future investments for the entire community, reduce financial strain of building temporary protection, and ensure local businesses do not suffer loss of production and revenue during future flood fights or flood disasters. Read More

September 10, 2018 RiverRescueTraining

Boat Ramps Scheduled to Re-open on September 12th

The City of Cedar Rapids will re-open boat ramps on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 a.m. as the Cedar River water level is forecast to be below 13 feet at that time.  The Fire Department recommended closure of boat ramps on September 4th due to heightened Cedar River water levels. Read More

September 07, 2018 all-are-welcome-here logo

Join us for Welcoming Week September 14 – 23, 2018

Cedar Rapids is proud to observe Welcoming Week on September 14-23, 2018 to acknowledge the many important contributions immigrants and refugees bring to our community, and to celebrate all diversity in our City. Welcoming Week is a national annual celebration bringing together people though local events to celebrate the role communities play to foster a welcoming community. Read More

September 05, 2018 Police officers in uniform

Suspect Arrested for Robbery; Stolen Handgun Recovered

Police officers arrested a suspect for a robbery that occurred in the Hy-Vee parking lot at 3215 Oakland Road NE, on Tuesday afternoon.

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September 04, 2018 Fire-Dept-Media-Release-Rescue-Vehicle

Fire Department Continues Search for Missing Kayaker

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is continuing to search for a kayaker that went into Indian Creek near the vicinity of the 1800 block of Timber Wolf Trail SE yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:15 p.m.    Two individuals were on a kayak in the water when it apparently hit debris and overturned. Read More

September 03, 2018 RiverRescueTraining

Swift Water Rescue

Firefighters performed a swift water rescue on Indian Creek. A female victim was rescued, however a male victim is still missing. A kayak overturned and both victims went into the rapidly moving water. The Johnson County Dive Team is en route to assist.    Read More

August 29, 2018 Families enjoying a hayrack ride around Ushers Ferry

Come to Ushers Ferry for Old-Fashioned Fall Fun

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites families to Ushers Ferry for some good old-fashioned fall fun including hayrack rides, drinking hot cocoa around a bonfire, and making crafts. Harvest Hayrack Nights are on Wednesday evenings, September 12, September 26, October 10 and October 24. Read More

August 26, 2018 Police car door

Suspect Arrested for Arson

The Cedar Rapids Police Department arrested a suspect for arson for a fire that occurred at 1445 1st Avenue SE on Saturday.   Read More

August 25, 2018 Fire-Dept-Media-Release-Rescue-Vehicle

Weather-Related Incident at Cross Country Meet

Cedar Rapids firefighters and police officers were dispatched to College Community Schools, 401 76th Avenue SW, for several student athletes that exhibited signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

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August 21, 2018

Hotel-Motel Tax Advance to GO Cedar Rapids

On August 21, 2018, GO Cedar Rapids Board of Directors provided an update on preliminary newbo evolve festival financial results. Read More

August 20, 2018 4-STAR Rating Shield

City Achieves 4-STAR Community Certification

STAR Communities is the nation’s leading framework for measuring a community’s environmental, economic, and social health. Read More

August 17, 2018 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Going-into-Fire

Fire Determined to Be Intentionally Set at Apartment Complex

An investigation by the Fire Department of the apartment fire that was reported on Wednesday morning at 2:16 a.m. at 2131 Blairs Ferry Road NE has been determined to be incendiary.  There was an ignitable liquid poured in the stairwell between the first and second floors of the apartment complex. Read More

August 09, 2018 Cedar Rapids Delegation Presentation at Commission on Fire Accreditation International

Cedar Rapids Fire Department Achieves Accreditation from Commission on Fire Accreditation International

The City of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar Rapids Fire Department are pleased to have been recognized by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Commission on Fire Accreditation International as achieving accredited agency status.  The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is one of only 5 fire departments in Iowa and 247 worldwide that has earned accreditation from the CFAI, an internationally-recognized benchmark for fire and emergency services. Read More

August 08, 2018 Police department building signage

Suspects Arrested in 3 Burglary Cases

An investigation of three residential burglaries in which the residents were home at the time of the crimes has resulted in two arrests.

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July 13, 2018 Row of historic residential homes

Affordable Housing Commission Accepting Applications

The City of Cedar Rapids’ Affordable Housing Commission is accepting applications. Residents who have an interest in assuring families have access to safe and affordable housing in Cedar Rapids can apply online. Read More

July 11, 2018 Benches at Greene Square in the evening

Greene Square Becomes Alcohol Free on Saturday

On Tuesday, July 10, Cedar Rapids City Council amended the Cedar Rapids Municipal Code to prohibit alcohol at Greene Square, 400 4th Avenue SE. Enforcement will begin on Saturday, July 14. No one in the park will be allowed to bring, use, consume, or possess alcohol, wine or beer. Read More

July 10, 2018 City workers prepare for flooding

Cedar Rapids Residents and Business Leaders Speak to the Importance of Flood Protection

A number of Cedar Rapids residents and businesses owners attended a joint City council committee meeting to voice their support and encouragement for the City to develop a plan for funding the remaining portion of the Flood Control System. Read More

July 05, 2018 City-Hall-Mural

Cedar Rapids Hosts Joint Meeting of Flood Control System and Finance and Administrative Council Committees

On Monday, July 9 Cedar Rapids City Council members from the Flood Control System Council Committee and the Finance and Administrative Council Committee will be hosting a special joint meeting. Read More

June 30, 2018 photo of City Hall building

Burglar Alarm Permit and Rental Registration Fee Annual Invoicing

 Recently the Finance Department sent invoices to permit holders of record for the annual burglar alarm permit fee and rental registration fee for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

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June 29, 2018 Deer running through a field

Urban Deer Hunt - September 15, 2018 to January 10, 2019

The City of Cedar Rapids will continue its annual Urban Deer Hunt for the 2018-2019 season as authorized by City Council Resolution # 0762-09-07.  The Urban Deer Hunt is scheduled for September 15, 2018 through January 10, 2019. Read More

May 22, 2018 First Avenue street sign

1st Avenue East Improvements Starting 

Sidewalk, intersection reconstruction, and traffic signal replacements will occur this summer on 1st Avenue East. Starting this week, sidewalk improvements will begin between 34th Street and 36th Street. 

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May 10, 2018 news2 - entrance to amphitheatre

City of Cedar Rapids National Citizen Survey 2018

In January 2018 the City of Cedar Rapids asked a sample of residents to participate in The National Citizen Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey was designed to provide information about how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City, and to make comparisons with peer cities. Read More

April 19, 2018 Housing and Urban Development presents check to City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Receives Nearly $40,000 for Veterans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Cedar Rapids nearly $40,000 to help provide a permanent home to veterans experiencing homelessness. Read More

April 05, 2018 Holly Ruble - 2018 Outstanding Professional award plaque

Ruble Recognized as Outstanding Professional in Iowa

“Holly Ruble is an exemplary member of our team,” says utilities director Steve Hershner.  “She has developed and championed a number of iGreenCR and sustainability initiatives from which the community has benefitted and we are grateful for her example.”

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April 04, 2018 Paving-for-Progress-sign

Johnson Avenue NW Project Starting

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, April 5, on the Johnson Avenue NW Paving for Progress project, weather permitting.  Read More

March 23, 2018 CRBT's John Rodriguez accepts the Outstanding Partner Award. Photo courtesy Iowa Water Center.

Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Company Receives Outstanding Partner Award for Work with City

The Iowa Water Conference recognized Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust with the Outstanding Partner Award on Wednesday. The award highlights agencies that use and promote green infrastructure projects, like CRBT's new zero-stormwater-runoff parking lot, partially funded by the City's stormwater cost-share program. Read More

February 28, 2018 child painting storm drain

Storm Drain Mural Project Accepting Submissions

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with Iowa BIG and the Cedar Rapids Downtown District, calls for submissions to the Storm Drain Mural Project. Read More

February 13, 2018 Solar glasspanels

Cedar Rapids Receives Gold Designation as a Solar-Ready Community

The City of Cedar Rapids earned a gold rating from SolSmart for efforts to make it easier for residents to go solar - the first in Iowa.  Read More

February 06, 2018 Rain Garden and flowers

AmeriCorps to Design and Install Rain Gardens for Free this Summer

Through a unique partnership with AmeriCorps, Cedar Rapid residents have the opportunity to win a rain garden design and installation for free this summer. Read More

January 03, 2018 Safety Scoop Logo - with City of Five Seasons logo and Fire Department emblem

2018 Safety Scoop Presentation Schedule Announced

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department offers a monthly presentation of safety topics of interest to older adults and/or families.  All are welcome to attend.

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December 19, 2017 photo of City Hall building

City Initiating New Camera Citation Collection Strategy

The City of Cedar Rapids has initiated a new collection strategy for delinquent camera citation fines. The City’s new collection agency, Municipal Collections of America, Inc. (MCOA) is mailing notices informing debtors of these changes. The letter will include payment options and MCOA contact information. Read More

November 30, 2017 NewBoMarket

City of Cedar Rapids Receives Phoenix Award for NewBo District Development

The City of Cedar Rapids has been awarded a regional Phoenix Award for redevelopment of the New Bohemia District. The Phoenix Awards are part of a nonprofit organization, The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc., which recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation relating to environmental and community issues. Read More

October 06, 2017 WaterPourIntoGlass

Public notification: Monitoring violation of the water testing schedule

The City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Department – Water Division violated a drinking water monitoring standard in September 2017 by only collecting 97 of the required 100 routine water samples to test for the presence of total coliform bacteria. Even though this oversight is not an emergency health concern, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation. 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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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

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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photo of Bridge of Lions

City of Cedar Rapids Budget Survey

Soon the City of Cedar Rapids will begin developing its budget for fiscal year 2020 (July 2019 to June 2020). We would like to invite our citizens to fill out a brief survey to provide input on service levels and how your tax dollars are spent. Read More

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