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May 22, 2019 Street crew operating equipment

Traffic Closure Notices

Information on current traffic closures. Read More

May 22, 2019 A boy using the splash pad at Noelridge Park

Cedar Rapids Splash Pads Open Saturday, May 25

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will turn on the splash pads in the parks on Saturday, May 25. Splash pads are located at Cedar Valley Park, Cleveland Park, Daniels Park, Greene Square, Hayes Park, Hidder Park, Jacolyn Park, Noelridge Park, Redmond Park, Time Check Park and Twin Pines Park. Read More

May 21, 2019 A boy jumping into Noelridge Pool

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 25; Sunday, May 26; and Monday, May 27 (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 21, 2019 Golfers teeing off at Jones with a view of the clubhouse in the background

Front Nine Open at Jones Golf Course on Friday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will open the front nine holes at Jones Golf Course, 2901 Fruitland Boulevard SW, on Friday, May 24. Read More

May 21, 2019 Tree of Five Seasons sculpture

Iowa DNR Hosts Open House on Updated Floodplain Maps

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will host an open house where residents of Linn County can view proposed updated floodplain maps: Thursday, May 30, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the City Services Center (500 15th Avenue SW). All Linn County residents are welcome to attend. Read More

May 21, 2019 Optimist logo

Junior Golf Instructional Programs Partner

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s golf division and the Cedar Rapids Optimist Club have formed a partnership to encourage more junior golfers to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf. Through the partnership, the organizations will offer Cedar Rapids/Optimist Junior Golf Academy 1.0 for beginning juniors ages 5-17. Read More

May 20, 2019 NewBoMarket

Visioning Workshop June 5 for Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan

The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input on the Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan, a comprehensive look at the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for these two distinct districts. Read More

May 18, 2019 Police department building signage

Shooting in Parking Lot of Iowa Smoke Shop, 70 Kirkwood Court SW

Police officers received reports of a shooting incident that occurred in the Iowa Smoke Shop parking lot at 70 Kirkwood Court SW shortly after 1:20 a.m. Saturday.  Officers arrived on scene and found three victims that had sustained life-threatening gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims have been pronounced deceased. Read More

May 17, 2019 Signage that indicates speed limits are photo enforced

Automated Traffic Enforcement System Reactivation on June 1, 2019

The Police Department is reactivating the Automated Traffic Enforcement system effective June 1, 2019.  The use of automated traffic enforcement has resulted in a reduction in both crashes and crashes with injuries.  There will be a 30 day grace period where warnings of speed and red light violations will be issued.  Citations with fines will be enforced beginning 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2019. Read More

May 14, 2019 Demolition of existing playground at Daniels Park

Daniels Park Playground Construction Scheduled

Demolition and removal of the existing playground in the lower section of Daniels Park, 940 Oakland Rd. NE, will begin on Tuesday, May 14. Read More

May 14, 2019 Photo of raised garden bed

Urban Gardens to Open at Old MacDonald's Farm

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly finished urban garden project at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park. The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m., prior to Movie Night at the Farm at 8:00 p.m. Read More

May 07, 2019 Cedar Rapids Police Department - CALEA Accreditation

Cedar Rapids Police Department Achieves Accreditation from Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

The City of Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce that the Cedar Rapids Police Department has joined the 5 percent of law enforcement agencies that have been awarded full advanced accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).  This is the gold standard of public safety excellence.
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May 01, 2019 Electric-assist bike

Cedar Rapids Kicks Off Bike Share Program

The City of Cedar Rapids will host a special kick-off event celebrating the arrival of the city’s first bike share program, Monday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. in Greene Square. Read More

April 29, 2019 Fully Involved - Young Women's Fire Academy logo - fire symbol and firefighter shadow

3rd Annual Fully Involved Young Women's Fire Academy

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 21 years of age to participate in the 3rd Annual “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.” Read More

April 24, 2019 Man knocking on an outside door

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 17, 2019 Walk Friendly Communities logo

Cedar Rapids Earns Walk Friendly Designation

The City of Cedar Rapids has been recognized with a Walk Friendly Designation by the Walk Friendly Communities program, recognizing its commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable, and inviting places to walk. Read More

April 08, 2019 Police car door

Fatal Traffic Accident – 6th Street and America Drive SW

Police officers and firefighters responded to an accident on Saturday, April 6 at 6th Street and America Drive SW between a truck and a motorcycle.  The motorcyclist died early Sunday morning. Read More

April 03, 2019 Police department building signage

Suspect Arrested for Leland Harris Homicide

A suspect was arrrested for the November 2017 murder of Leland Harris.  James Stephan Phillips, age 19, of Cedar Rapids was charged with murder.  He was currently in the Linn County Jail on unrelated charges. Read More

March 29, 2019 Gardner golf course aerial

Gardner and Ellis Golf Courses Scheduled to Open

Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Road, Marion, will open for the season on Monday, April 1. Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Avenue NW, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, April 3. Tee times are available at all open courses beginning April 1. Tee times can be reserved at playcedarrapidsgolf.com. Read More

March 26, 2019 Twin Pines Golf Course

Twin Pines Golf Course Opens March 27

Twin Pines Golf Course, 3800 42nd Street NE, will open for the season on Wednesday, March 27. The course will operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk, tee times are not needed. Read More

March 08, 2019 Surveillance camera mounted on the exterior of a home.

Voluntary Surveillance Camera Registration Program

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is encouraging citizens to register their private surveillance cameras with the Police Department to help reduce crime in our community and aid in the apprehension of criminals. Read More

January 29, 2019 tree logo

City of Cedar Rapids Cold Weather Response

The City of Cedar Rapids, along with partner community organizations, are working to provide shelter and essentials to keep people warm and safe during the extreme cold temperatures expected this week. Read More

January 25, 2019 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

Sinclair Levee Wins National Award

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the City of Cedar Rapids’ Cedar River Flood Control System in the New Bohemia/Sinclair District is the recent recipient of the Envision Bronze rating for sustainable infrastructure.  Read More

January 24, 2019 downtown skyline

Assistance for Federal Employees

The Cedar Rapids community supports local employees who are directly impacted by the Federal shutdown. Click here to learn about assistance available for Federal employee needing additional accommodations during the ongoing government shutdown. Read More

January 21, 2019 Gardner golf course aerial

Cedar Rapids Golf Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s Golf Division was awarded the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association. Read More

January 07, 2019 ReZone_CR_Logo_News-Story

Adoption of New Zoning Code

City Council formally adopted the new code during its regular agenda on December 18, 2018. The ordinance took effect January 1, 2019.  Read More

December 14, 2018 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2018 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

The 2018 Paving for Progress construction year is coming to an end, which included approximately 9.8 linear miles of roadway improvements (or approximately 20 lane miles) for the completion of 28 projects on both local and arterial roads. This was the fifth year of the program, and one of our most ambitious to date. At the peak of construction season, the combined value of projects underway exceeded $30 million. Read More

December 14, 2018 Flood-control-logo

Construction Continues on Czech Village Levee

Construction has begun on the next phase of the Czech Village levee – the area between Bowling Street SW and 16th Avenue SW. 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

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

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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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 09, 2018 Street crews working on concrete

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2019 is taking place April 8 –12 to raise public awareness of work zone safety. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, eliminate distractions while driving, and be watchful for roadway workers and construction equipment. 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 25, 2018 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

Sinclair Levee Project Earns Envision Bronze Award

he Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Flood Control System in the New Bohemia/Sinclair District is the recent recipient of the Envision Bronze rating for sustainable infrastructure. The Cedar Rapids project is the third Envision award granted to an infrastructure project in the state of Iowa. 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

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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Police Make Arrest Using Greene Square Security Camera Footage

The Cedar Rapids Police Department recently arranged the installation of security cameras in the park as a public safety improvement plan. Using camera footage, they were able to obtain video of an incident in Greene Square that caused $1200 in damages, which resulted in the arrest of two juveniles who were charged with Criminal Mischief. Read More


Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart to present State of the City address

Make plans to join Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for his Cedar Rapids State of the City address, hosted by the League of Women Voters Linn County. Read More

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Cedar Rapids City Manager Presents FY2020 Budget Proposal

Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz presented City Council Members with his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 at a special council meeting Tuesday evening, February 5 at 5:30 pm. Read More


New "Inside Cedar Rapids" Podcast Now Available

The City of Cedar Rapids recently launched a new monthly podcast aimed at providing Cedar Rapids residents with an inside look at City programs, projects and issues. The podcast, called “Inside Cedar Rapids,” will feature interviews of City staff as they share details and answer questions about a variety of topics of interest to residents. Read More

family biking downtown

Spring Safety Reminders

No one loves a beautiful spring day more than Iowans! Warmer temps bring us outdoors to enjoy walking, running, riding bicycles and more.

As you are out traveling and enjoying the weather, please remember safety is a shared responsibility for all road users, including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Here are some tips to improve road safety for everyone.

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