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November 20, 2018 Road-construction-closed-sign - Copy

Traffic Impacts

Information on current traffic closures. Read More

November 20, 2018 The Ushers Ferry Visitors Center's porch decorated with lights for the holidays

Ushers Ferry is Your 'Home for the Holidays' December 2

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites families ‘Home for the Holidays’ on Sunday, December 2 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Visitors will explore the various holiday traditions and cultures of the family homes located in Ushers Ferry Historic Village. Read More

November 19, 2018 A golf ball sitting on grass covered by snow

Ellis Golf Course Closed for the Season

Ellis Golf Course is now closed for the season. The Ellis Clubhouse Pro Shop is still open and will remain open year-round for golf lessons, club fittings, hitting balls and holiday shopping. Read More

November 16, 2018 Children playing with a large beach ball in Bender Pool

Thanksgiving Open Swim at Bender Pool November 21

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will hold a special open swim at Bender Pool on Wednesday, November 21 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is $5.25/person or a season pass. Read More

November 15, 2018 A photo of a skier's boots, skis and poles

Register Now for Winter Break Ski/Snowboard Trip to Sundown

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation is offering a ski/snowboard trip to Sundown Mountain in Dubuque on December 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The trip is for middle or high school students, ages 10-17. Participants may bring their own equipment of rent it from Sundown Mountain. The registration deadline is December 17 at 5:00 p.m.


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November 13, 2018 CR Firefighters Check Presentation - November 13 2018

Firefighters Donate $9,650 to Support Pediatric Burn Survivors

The Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation presented a check for $9,650 to the St. Florian Fire & Burn Foundation to help sponsor children to attend the annual Miracle Burn Camp.

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November 07, 2018 Play Cover - web

Register Now for Winter/Spring Recreation Programs

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s winter and spring program registration has begun. The Play! guide is in Our CR, the City of Cedar Rapids’ quarterly magazine, starting on page 25. It is also available online at CRREC.org. Read More

November 05, 2018 A photo of multiple lit candles

Unwind with Candlelight Yoga at Ushers Ferry

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation invites anyone age 13 and up to participate in Candlelight Yoga to alleviate stress and promote relaxation. This soothing, therapeutic class is open to all levels and meets at the Ushers Ferry Lodge on Tuesdays, November 13, November 27 and December 11 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Read More

November 01, 2018 PD badge

Police Department Accepting Applications for Police Officer Positions from November 2 – January 10, 2019

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.  If you are interested in joining the Police Department’s mission to actively involve everyone in a team effort to serve, protect, and prevent crime and disorder, as well as provide a safe and secure community in an effective and efficient manner, you are encouraged to apply.   Police Officer positions are full-time and offer an opportunity to serve the community. Read More

November 01, 2018 Smoke alarm with smoke near the sensor

Use Extra Hour to Check Smoke Alarms this Weekend

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging citizens to use the “extra” hour this weekend when Daylight Savings Time ends and clocks are turned back one hour to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Read More

October 29, 2018 Aerial view of Kirkwood Blvd roundabout under construction

City Wins ´Project of the Year' Award for Roundabout

The American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter has recently awarded the City of Cedar Rapids with the “Project of the Year” award for the Kirkwood Blvd Roundabout. Read More

October 29, 2018 Cat and dog next to a pumpkin

Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Advises Pet Owners on How to Keep Their Pets Safe on Halloween

Halloween poses special hazards due to frequently opened doors, door bells and excessive noise which can be frightening to pets.  Most importantly, Halloween can be dangerous because of chocolate and other candies which are toxic to animals. Read More

October 23, 2018 CedarRapidsRoughRidersLogo

"Every Goal Matters" Anti-Bullying Program

The Cedar Rapids Police Department and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have teamed up to conquer bullying in local middle schools. “Every Goal Matters” is an effort by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, in cooperation with local schools, to team up to provide area children with opportunities for success and inclusion in our community. Read More

September 27, 2018 leaf vacuum truck

Fall Leaf Vacuum Collection Begins October 1

Starting Monday, October 1, the Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks. Read More

September 25, 2018 Police officers in uniform

Cedar Rapids Police Officers Carrying NARCAN

Cedar Rapids police officers are now carrying the opioid-reversing drug NARCAN, which has the potential to save the lives of individuals that overdose.  Police officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency and having officers administer naloxone hydrochloride, or NARCAN, through a nasal applicator can save valuable time and prevent a fatal overdose.  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 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

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

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

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 City News

City of Cedar Rapids Flood Forecast and Preparation

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City of Cedar Rapids To Undertake Marketing, Tourism and Convention Functions

The City of Cedar Rapids will undertake an initiative to market Cedar Rapids as a destination for tourism, conventions, meetings, sports tournament and special events. Read More

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