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March 20, 2018 A stuffed white rabbit placed in a flower bed with tulips and daffodils

Easter Showcase is March 31 and April 1 at Noelridge Greenhouse

The annual Easter Showcase is Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NE. Admission is free. The first 500 children age 12 years and under will receive a free plant. Read More

March 20, 2018 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Additional Details on Fatal Accident in 3200 Block of 6th Street SW

Cedar Rapids Police Officers responded to the 3200 block of 6th Street SW at 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th where they found a male victim deceased in the roadway.  The victim was identified as Lavell Robinson Jr., DOB/01-10-1989, age 29, of Coralville. Read More

March 20, 2018 Coffee-with-a-Cop-logo

Cedar Rapids Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, March 28th at Northwest Recreation Center

On Wednesday, March 28th officers from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.  All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on March 28th at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW.

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March 19, 2018 Police car door

Shooting Incident at 639 40th Street SE

Police officers were dispatched to 639 40th Street SE this morning at 4:40 a.m. for the report of a shooting.  Officers arrived on scene and found a 35-year old male inside the residence who had sustained several gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.  Officers also located a 30-year old male outside of the residence in the street with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This individual, who is believed to have shot the victim inside of the house, was deceased.

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March 19, 2018 Police department building signage

Unattended Death Investigation Update

The individual found deceased outside of 505 33rd Avenue SW at 2:38 p.m. on Sunday, March 18th has been identified as Joseph Frank Botello, DOB/04-16-1940, age 77. Read More

March 13, 2018 Street equipment working

Traffic Alerts for March 2018

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March 09, 2018 Paving-for-Progress-sign

Paving for Progress Starting

Several Paving for Progress projects are getting underway.  Read More

March 08, 2018 garden_web

City Garden Plots Available for Lease

Garden plots are available for public rental at Squaw Creek and Tuma Parks. Plots may be leased in person, at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or at the Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative offices at 500 15th Street SW, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Read More

March 07, 2018 Smoke alarm with smoke near the sensor

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries this Weekend

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 11th.   Read More

March 06, 2018 Child and adult planting a tree

Plant Some Shade Trees Available

The "Plant Some Shade" partnership allows residents to purchase 5-10 foot deciduous and ornamental trees and 3-6 foot conifer trees at a reduced rate of $30 per tree.  Read More

March 01, 2018 Mays island aerial

Applicants Sought for City Boards & Commissions

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids
residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids
boards, commissions and advisory committees.
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March 01, 2018 Kids making crafts with police officers

"Crafts with a Cop" Events Scheduled for Spring Break

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has partnered with Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation to host two “Crafts with a Cop” events at the Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW, during Spring Break. Read More

March 01, 2018 Students pose for a picture with a police shield during the Police Department Youth Academy.

Registration Open for 2018 Police Department Youth Academy

Registration is open for the 2018 Cedar Rapids Police Department Youth Academy.  Students entering Kindergarten through 8th Grade have the opportunity to learn more about being a Police Officer and serving the community by participating in a Youth Academy at the Cedar Rapids Police Department. Read More

March 01, 2018 Collins Rd web final

Collins Road Project Underway

Work has started on the Collins Road improvement project, which supports the goal of adding traffic capacity to the city’s busiest corridor. 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 28, 2018 Seven people in kayaks practicing their skills at Bender Pool

Kayak & SUP Clinic to be held at Bender Pool  March 25

Linn County Conservation and the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department are offering a kayak and SUP (stand-up paddleboard) clinic, “Paddles in the Pool,” for ages 10 and up at Bender Pool, 940 14th Avenue SE on March 25 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Read More

February 27, 2018 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Going-into-Fire

City of Cedar Rapids ISO Rating Improvement

The City of Cedar Rapids received the results of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC™) evaluation. The report indicated the City of Cedar Rapids improved from a Class 3/9 to an improved rating of 2/2X for fire insurance. With this new rating, the City of Cedar Rapids is in the top three percent of all communities nationwide for their fire suppression delivery system. 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 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Additional Details on Monday's Fatal Crash on Interstate 380

The names of the victims involved in the fatal crash on Monday morning are being released.  Weather conditions were a factor in the accident as the vehicle lost control on the snow-covered U.S. Interstate 380 roadway. 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

February 05, 2018 Police department building signage

Fatal Crash on Interstate 380 near Highway 30

Two occupants died as the result of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Interstate 380 just north of U.S. Highway 30. Read More

January 22, 2018 City-Hall-Sign

City Accepting Hotel-Motel Tax Fund Grant Program Applications

The City of Cedar Rapids is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2019-2021 Hotel-Motel Tax Revenue Funds. Completed applications are due no later than April 16, 2018 by 12:00 p.m. 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

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

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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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

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 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

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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