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May 25, 2018 Street crews working on concrete

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May 25, 2018 Police officers with child

Resident Appreciation Day Saturday June 2

The City of Cedar Rapids invites all residents to attend Resident Appreciation Day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Read More

May 24, 2018 Children playing at a Cedar Rapids splash pad

Cedar Rapids Splash Pads Open Early

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has turned on the splash pads in most of the parks early. Splash pads at Cedar Valley Park, Daniels Park, Hidder Park, Jacolyn Park, Noelridge Park, Redmond Park, Time Check Park and Twin Pines Park are now operational. The spray features are activated when a hand is run across the sensor. The water is turned on at 10:00 a.m. each day and turned off at 8:00 p.m. Read More

May 23, 2018 National Night Out logo

Time to Register for National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  This will be the 35th anniversary for National Night Out and the 19th anniversary for Cedar Rapids to participate in National Night Out activities. 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 21, 2018 Police car door

Wrong Way Drivers Dynamic Message Alert

The Cedar Rapids Police Department, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation, will be using the overhead interstate signs to provide a dynamic message alert when the City’s Joint Communications Center receives a report of a motorist driving the wrong way on the interstate highway system in Cedar Rapids. Read More

May 18, 2018 Yard Sale sign posted in a yard

Safety a Concern with Illegally Posted Signs

There have been a number of illegally posted signs within the City that can cause safety concerns by obstructing the vision of motorists or obscuring official traffic control devices or other official warning signs. 

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May 16, 2018 A group of women holding drumsticks and dancing

FUSE music and movement at McGrath Amphitheatre

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is excited to offer a new and original exercise experience this summer for ages 12 and up at the McGrath Amphitheatre. FUSE (Fitness, Unity, Spirituality, Energy), led by Lindsay Olson and Riley Mullane, combines a live DJ with plyometric movements and body weight exercises for circuits with cardio and strength training. Yoga will also be incorporated near the end of the workout. Read More

May 15, 2018 A boy jumping into the pool with a waterslide in the background

Noelridge Aquatic Center Opens Memorial Day Weekend

The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin Memorial Day weekend with pre-season swimming at Noelridge Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 26; Sunday, May 27; and Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day). Lap swims will be held from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. each day and open swims from 1:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday. Read More

May 10, 2018 Ladder truck at scene of a business fire

Update on Apartment Fire at 126 Harbet Avenue NW

An investigation by the Cedar Rapids Fire Department has determined that the fire at 126 Harbet Avenue NW this morning was intentionally set.  The fire originated in the hallway of the 3-story, 6-unit apartment complex. 

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May 10, 2018 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Credit Card Theft Suspect Arrested

The Police Department received a credible tip from the public after disseminating surveillance photographs of a credit card theft suspect.  The suspect was arrested on May 9th. Read More

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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

May 09, 2018 10YR_Flood_Anniversary Logo

10 Year Flood Anniversary Events

The City has been working with others in the community to coordinate plans for the 10 year flood anniversary coming up in June. A number of community events related to the anniversary are listed on the webpage CedarRapidsRising.com and on the GO Cedar Rapids event calendar.

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Free Lecture: Going Beyond ´It'll Do' Development, May 23

Residents, elected officials, and local developers are invited to hear guest speaker Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh and senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, as he presents “Going Beyond ‘It’ll Do’ Development.” Read More

May 08, 2018 Fire-Department-Media-Release-Going-into-Fire

Firefighter Badging and Swearing-In Ceremony

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be honoring three firefighters for completing one year of service.  There will be a ceremony honoring Ben Rocca, Darrin Hayes, and Aaron Smith. on Monday, May 14th at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, 713 1st Avenue SE, in the City Emergency Operations Center. Read More

May 07, 2018 Police car door

Update from Thursday's Crash at Edgewood and O Avenue NW

The motorcyclist that was involved in the crash that occurred on Thursday, May 3rd at the intersection of Edgewood Road and O Avenue NW has died.  The Police Department was notified by the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office that the motorcyclist, identified as Dawson Reed Brown, DOB/03-15-1998, age 20, of Cedar Rapids, died on Sunday afternoon.

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May 07, 2018 Bicycle Helmets on children by bike rack

Arthur Elementary Bike Safety Assembly on Tuesday

Safe Kids Linn County and Unity Point-St. Luke’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation have teamed up to provide new bicycle helmets for every student at Arthur Elementary School, 2630 B Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids. Read More

May 04, 2018 3rd Ave after conversion

2nd Avenue Transitions from One-Way to Two-Way Traffic, May 7

Starting on Monday, May 7, after the morning commute, the majority of 2nd Avenue downtown will be opened and converted to two-way traffic. This follows the pavement restoration work that took place over the past two weeks between 1st Street and 7th Street SE. Read More

May 01, 2018 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Public Assists with Identification of Theft Suspect

The Police Department, after asking for the public's assistance with the identification of a theft suspect on March 26th, has made an arrest in the case involving fradulant use of a credit card. Read More

May 01, 2018 photo of City Hall building

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 $30 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2018A and $8.8 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2018B.  Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed the Aa1 rating on the City’s outstanding general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) debt. Read More

May 01, 2018 Police department building signage

Arrest Made in Homicide of Gina Frederiksen

A suspect, Timothy Wesley Evans, age 38, was arrested for Murder-1st Degree, Burglary-1st Degree, Robbery-1st Degree, and Arson-1st Degree for the murder of 38-year old Gina Frederiksen on Sunday, April 29th. Read More

April 30, 2018 Police department building signage

Homicide Investigation – 1814 I Street SW

The death of 38-year old Gina Frederiksen of 1814 I Street SW has been determined to be a homicide.  There is an active, ongoing investigation. Read More

April 25, 2018 Police department building signage

Additional Suspects Arrested in the Murder Case of AnnaElise Edgeton

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has arrested several more suspects involved in the shooting death of 18-year old AnnaElise M. Edgeton. Read More

April 23, 2018 Rendering of memorial plaza

Northwest Neighborhood Flood Memorial Underway

Construction is underway on a 2008 flood memorial located in the Northwest Neighborhood. Read More

April 20, 2018 leaf vacuum truck

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Extended

Trucks will operate through Friday, May 11 on regular garbage collection days. 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 19, 2018 Police officers in uniform

Suspect Arrested for Murder of AnnaElise Edgeton

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has arrested a suspect in the shooting death of 18-year old AnnaElise M. Edgeton.  Edgeton was found deceased inside her apartment at Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Drive SW, at 11:21 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Read More

April 16, 2018 Police department building signage

Additional Details on Fatal Crash in 2300 Block of Otis Road SE

On Saturday, April 14th at 12:57 p.m. police and fire personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle accident in the 2300 block of Otis Road SE near Cedar Valley Park. Read More

April 16, 2018 Police officers in uniform

Traffic Enforcement Project to Focus on Drug-Impaired Driving

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will be participating in a Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - Regional 420 Enforcement project from April 20th through April 22nd that focuses on drug-impaired driving.  Read More

April 11, 2018 Police car door

School Employee Arrested for Sexual Exploitation

Angela Dee Beik, DOB/08-05-1971, age 46, of Marion, has been arrested for Sexual Exploitation by a Counselor, Therapist, or School Employee.  Beik is accused of having sexual contact with a 16-year old male.    Read More

April 10, 2018 Police department building signage

Reminders on Door-to-Door Sales

The Cedar Rapids Police Department would like to remind citizens that anyone who sells goods and services door-to-door must be licensed.  A criminal background check is required before the application is approved by the City Clerk and Police Department.   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

April 02, 2018 Police department building signage

Fatal Accident in 3200 Block of 6th Street SW Investigation Results

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has completed the accident investigation involving a male victim found deceased in the roadway in the 3200 block of 6th Street SW at 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13th. Read More

March 29, 2018 ISU-news-conference

Iowa State University Report Shows Future Promise for Cedar Rapids' Processing Industries

Iowa State University, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, has released a report identifying new, emerging technologies that could be a starting point for increased economic activity, jobs and start-up companies in the city’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. Read More

March 27, 2018 tree logo

City of Cedar Rapids Releases Mobile App Update

The City of Cedar Rapids Mobile Application has been updated and is now available for download on the iTunes App Store and Droid Play Store by searching for “City of Cedar Rapids.” 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

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

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

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

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

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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