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April 27, 2017 Professionally designed hanging floral baskets with geraniums, lobelia, coleus and more

45th Year for Noelridge Greenhouse Mother's Day Showcase

The annual Mother’s Day Showcase is Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NE. Admission is free of charge. This year is special. The date is exactly 45 years from when the first Mother’s Day open house was held at Noelridge Greenhouse on May 13 and 14, 1972, showcasing 28,000 plants that were to be planted in public areas. This year, visitors will enjoy seeing 68,000 plants as well as educational exhibits featuring bonsai, beekeeping, orchids, pollinators and butterflies. Read More

April 26, 2017 Children with their bicycle helmets on

Truman Elementary Bike Safety Assembly on Friday

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 Truman Elementary School in Cedar Rapids.  Read More

April 25, 2017 Look before you lock your car statement with a car pictured with the hot sun

Dangers of Leaving a Child Alone in a Vehicle

The Cedar Rapids Police Department would like to remind citizens of the dangers of leaving children unattended in a vehicle.  Heatstroke (hyperthermia) is the biggest danger.  A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s body. Heatstroke can damage the brain and other body organs.  It can even lead to death.  

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April 25, 2017 A man selling green peppers and onions at the Noelridge Farmers' Market

Noelridge Farmers' Market Opens May 1

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department will open the Noelridge Farmers’ Market on May 1. The Noelridge Farmers’ Market is located on the corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE. It is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. through Friday, October 13. (The Noelridge Market will be closed on May 29 and September 4.) Read More

April 24, 2017 Got Drugs? Picture of prescription pill labeled

Ditch Your Doses at the Police Station on April 29th

The Cedar Rapids Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a prescription drug drop-off event at the Police Station, 505 1st Street SW, on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the front lobby.  Citizens may bring in their unused prescription medications, which will be collected and properly disposed of. Read More

April 24, 2017 A woman and her father enjoying an afternoon together

Enjoy "A Night on the Town" with Your Senior Parents

The City of Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department invites adults to bring their senior parents to Ushers Ferry Historic Village for “A Night on the Town” on Wednesday, June 7 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. This unforgettable evening will include music and a delicious meal as well as a Cedar Rapids/Marion trivia contest, village tour with living history demonstrations, dessert and shopping at the Saloon and General Store Gift Shop. Registration required by May 29. Read More

April 24, 2017 Garage sale sign in yard

Safety a Concern with Illegally Posted Signs

With spring cleaning underway and numerous garage sales, there is typically an increase in the 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.   Read More

April 19, 2017 Construction equipment

Traffic Alerts

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April 18, 2017 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 17, 2017 Deer running through a field

Springtime Wildlife

In springtime, wild animals become more active as they search for food, mates, and places to care for their young.  The wildlife’s increasing activity often means more potential for conflicts with people.  Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control believes that following these few simple steps can minimize or prevent conflicts with wildlife. Read More

April 17, 2017 Flood-control-logo

Public Input Sought on Pump Station Development

The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input on development ideas that can be incorporated into a flood control pump station to be built alongside a planned replacement of the 8th Avenue Bridge.  An open house will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the NewBo City Market (1100 3rd Street SE). Read More

April 17, 2017 Coffee-with-a-Cop-logo

Cedar Rapids Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday, April 18 at Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee

On Tuesday, April 18th, 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. Read More

April 17, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Theft Suspect Identified

The Cedar Rapids Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance in the identification of an individual that was suspected of using a stolen credit card.  The suspect used the credit card to make purchases at a local retailer on March 14th.   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

April 12, 2017 ReZone_CR_Logo_News-Story

Public Input Sought on Zoning Update

The City of Cedar Rapids continues to seek public input through a series of open houses during its comprehensive update to the City’s zoning ordinance. The City will host its second open house on Tuesday, May 2, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the NewBo City Market (1100 3rd Street SE). Open house format, residents can come at their convenience.  Read More

April 12, 2017 Fully Involved - Young Women's Fire Academy logo - fire symbol and firefighter shadow

Fully Involved Young Women's Fire Academy

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging young women between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age to participate in the first-ever “Fully Involved Young Women’s Fire Academy.”   Read More

April 10, 2017 911 dispatcher works at telecommunications station in the Joint Communications Agency.

National Telecommunicators Week, April 9-15, 2017

National Telecommunicators Week is an opportunity for public safety agencies to reflect on the important role of the 911 dispatcher as the first, first responder.  Telecommunications professionals like the 911 dispatcher are often the unsung hero on the other end of the line who receives a call for service, provides instructions to the caller, and ensures that appropriate public safety personnel are sent to the scene.   Read More

April 10, 2017 Cedar Rapids Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Thursday

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department and Cedar Rapids Police Department are encouraging citizens to donate blood and become a hero for patients in need.  The Cedar Rapids Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, April 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Road SW. Read More

April 07, 2017 Animal and Control Shelter

Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week – April 9th through April 15th, 2017

The National Animal Care & Control Association is celebrating its annual Animal Control Officer (ACO) Appreciation Week.  Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week is designed to promote and recognize the hard-working men and women of Animal Control that risk their lives and spend huge amounts of personal resources, including time away from family and friends, while serving the public. Read More

March 31, 2017 Leaf-vacuum-truck

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection April 3-28

Starting Monday, April 3, the Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks. The trucks will run through Friday, April 28. Residents can expect collection of leaves on their regular garbage day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume. 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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March 24, 2017 Paving-for-Progress-sign

2017 Paving for Progress Season Kicking Off

The fourth construction season of the Paving for Progress campaign is underway, with 30 projects planned for the 2017 year. Read More

March 23, 2017 Generic-City-News logo

2017 Assessment Notifications

The Cedar Rapids City Assessor’s Office will mail  residential, commercial, industrial, multi-residential and agricultural assessment notices to Cedar Rapids property owners on March 27, 2017 informing them of the January 1, 2017 assessment. Properties with no change in value from 2016 will not receive a notice from the City Assessor’s Office. Read More

March 21, 2017 Police department building signage

Hit and Run Investigation

The Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a vehicle that may have been involved in a hit-and-run accident on March 18th. Read More

March 10, 2017 Police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel respond to a car crash at 15th Street and 1st Avenue East in Cedar Rapids.

Cardiac Arrest Victim Expresses Gratitude for Successful Chain of Survival

Dan Clarahan of Wisconsin will be back in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, March 21st to thank everyone involved in his successful recovery from cardiac arrest.

The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st in the Community Room at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th Street SE. Read More

March 10, 2017 Police officers in uniform

Police Department Promotion and Annual Awards Ceremony

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will hold its Promotion and Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 21st.  The ceremony honors officers who have earned promotions and will include the presentation of several awards.

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March 08, 2017 2016 Five Seasons Award Winners

City of Cedar Rapids Accepting Nominations for Citizenship Awards

The City of Cedar Rapids is accepting nominations for the Five Seasons Citizenship Awards program, sponsored by the University of Iowa Community Credit Union, through Friday, April 28, 2017. Read More

March 01, 2017 Generic-City-News logo

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. Read More

February 28, 2017 Students pose for a picture with a police shield during the Police Department Youth Academy.

Registration Open for 2017 Police Department Youth Academy

Registration is open for the 2017 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, 505 1st Street SW. Read More

February 24, 2017 Street equipment on the road

42nd Street Paving for Progress Project Wins Engineering Achievement Award

February 19 kicked off National Engineers Week, which recognizes the engineering workforce and calls attention to the many ways engineers enhance the quality of life for their communities. The Public Works Engineering Division has recently been recognized with the Engineering Achievement Award in the Transportation Category for the 42nd Street NE Paving for Progress project.

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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

February 15, 2017 downtown skyline

Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force  Report

The Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force was formed in early February of 2016 to address the problem of gun violence in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas in the county. The Task Force worked to investigate the current state of the community and explore solutions to youth violence. 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 13, 2016 Dog and cat outside in the snow

Brrrr – It's Cold Outside! Cold Weather Pet Safety Tips

When the mercury dips into freezing temperatures, it’s important for you to protect your companion animals from the cold.  Here are a few guidelines that will help you keep them safe. 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

October 12, 2016 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

City Breaks Ground on Sinclair Levee

City officials celebrated a milestone in permanent flood protection during a groundbreaking for the Sinclair Levee on October 11. The ceremony acknowledged the construction of the first permanent flood protection since the adoption of the Flood Control System Master Plan in June 2015. 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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