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January 22, 2021 Police department building signage

Suspects Arrested for Shooting Death of Randal Campbell

Two suspects have been arrested for their involvement in the June 21, 2019 death of Randal Joseph Campbell, DOB/04-30-1975, who was 44 years old at the time of his death.  Read More

January 22, 2021 Street equipment working

Traffic Closure Notices

Information on current traffic closures. Read More

January 21, 2021 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

City of Cedar Rapids Completes Citizen Review Board Ordinance

The City of Cedar Rapids is working to establish an independent Citizen Review Board (CRB) to further community relations and police accountability. An ordinance outlining the formation and duties of the CRB has been completed and will be presented to Cedar Rapids City Council for consideration on January 26, 2021. Read More

January 19, 2021 downtown skyline

Participation in FEMA Program Results in Discounted Flood Insurance Rates

The City of Cedar Rapids participates in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, which enables Cedar Rapids property owners to receive lower flood insurance premiums.  Read More

January 19, 2021 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

Shooting Incident at 2110 Westdale Drive SW (Update – Suspect Arrested)

A suspect has been arrested for the shooting death of Marisa Doolin that occurred on December 22, 2020. Read More

January 19, 2021 Deer running through a field

2020-2021 Cedar Rapids Urban Deer Management Program Report

The Cedar Rapids Urban Deer Management Program concluded the 2020-2021 bow hunt season on January 10, 2021. A total of 53 hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt.  Twenty-nine of the 53 hunters were successful in harvesting at least one deer.  Read More

January 14, 2021 Tree damage in winter

Tree Work to Take Place at Ellis and Twin Pines Golf Courses at Night

Contracted crews working to clear tree debris from parks and golf courses will work overnight at Ellis and Twin Pines Golf Courses, through the month of January.  Read More

January 13, 2021 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

Your Feedback is Important

We value every Cedar Rapids resident, and want you to have the best possible experience when interacting with City departments. In order gather feedback from our residents to track and improve service, the City has recently launched an updated online customer service survey.

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January 12, 2021 A man using a chainsaw to cut up downed tree limbs

City Responds to Storm Damage

The City is conducting cleanup efforts following a powerful thunderstorm that moved through the community on Monday, August 10. Read More

January 12, 2021 tree logo

Storm Debris Update for January 12, 2021

Crews continue to move forward on the collection of curbside storm debris, even in the snow. Work will continue throughout the winter and into the spring, with crews working seven days a week, dawn to dusk. Read More

January 12, 2021 Pie with heading that reads City Budget Survey

Tell us how you would slice it!

Budgets might not be the most exciting topic, but pie is always fun. That's why we are giving Cedar Rapids residents a chance to win pie for a year* just for taking our budget survey! Read More

January 12, 2021 water

City of Cedar Rapids Invited to Apply for $218 Million in EPA Water Infrastructure Funding

The EPA announced it will invite the City of Cedar Rapids to apply for a $218 million loan to upgrade its Water Pollution Control Facility. The federal WIFIA loan is expected to provide significant cost savings for the City. Read More

January 06, 2021 Snow fighting equipment

Reminder to Move Vehicles Parked Along the Street

The Police Department would like to remind citizens that vehicles parked more than 48 hours upon any street or in the area between the sidewalk and the curb or roadway is considered a street storage and the vehicle can be ticketed and/or towed to a storage place. Read More

January 05, 2021 watertower

Roy Hesemann Named City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Director

Cedar Rapids City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz has selected Roy Hesemann to serve as City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Director. Hesemann has been with the City of Cedar Rapids for more than 21 years, and boasts a career spanning over 35 years of engineering, management and education work in the water and wastewater treatment sectors. 

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January 05, 2021

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January 04, 2021 PD-MediaReleaseSquadLights

Gunshot Wound Victim Pronounced Deceased at Local Hospital  (Update #1)

The shooting victim who was declared deceased at Mercy Medical Center early Sunday morning has been identified as Jayson Lee Jones, DOB/08-05-1999, age 21, of Cedar Rapids. Read More

January 04, 2021 Police department building signage

Shooting Incident at 2110 Westdale Drive SW (Update #1)

The 18-year old female who was wounded in a shooting incident on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2110 Westdale Drive SW has been pronounced deceased.  The victim has been identified as Marisa Doolin, DOB/10-15-2002, age 18, of Cedar Rapids. Read More

December 28, 2020 A map showing the location of the access road closing in Ellis Park

Ellis Park Access Road Closing

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will close an Ellis Park access road, also known as Park NW, from Ellis Boulevard to Zika Avenue NW on Tuesday, December 29. The access road, near the Harbor View Pavilion, is not on the main road through the park and is routinely closed for the winter because it is difficult to maintain due to its slope. Read More

December 18, 2020 Rollin' Recmobile Logo

Rollin' Recmobile Delivering Winter Fun to Parks

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department’s Rollin’ Recmobile will take to the streets during winter break to deliver fun, outdoor activities and warm hats, gloves and mittens (while supplies last) to local kids. The van, loaded with equipment and games will bring staff to lead activities December 28, 29, 30 and January 2, 3 at three different parks per day. Read More

December 16, 2020 City recycling truck picks up a CURBY cart

Solid Waste & Recycling Alley Collection Fully Restored for All Customers

Alley collection of garbage, recycling and yard waste carts is restored for all customers who had alley collection prior to the derecho. Read More

December 15, 2020 WaterPourIntoGlass

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the Timber Ridge subdivision previously affected. Read More

December 15, 2020 Paving-for-Progress-sign

2020 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

The 2020 Paving for Progress construction year is coming to a close, which included approximately 5 linear miles of roadway improvements (or approximately 10 lane miles) for the completion of 25 projects on both local and arterial roads. This was the seventh year of the program. Read More

December 10, 2020 Snow fighting equipment

Ready for Winter Weather

The Public Works Department begins making preparations early every year in advance of winter weather. This includes readying equipment, material, and staff. Read  a brief overview of the equipment and material used every year to plow and treat approximately 1,400 lane miles. Read More

December 10, 2020 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Juvenile Apprehended in Possession of Firearm

A 16-year old male was arrested for possession of a handgun as a felon.  Officers responded to suspicious activity in the 2600 block of Matthew Drive SW just before 3 a.m. on Thursday, December 10. Read More

December 08, 2020 PD-MediaReleaseSquadLights

Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder

A suspect has been arrested for Attempted Murder for a shooting incident on November 5, 2020. Read More

December 05, 2020 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting event

Virtual City Holiday Tree Lighting

Enjoy the lighting of the official City of Cedar Rapids tree in Greene Square from the comfort and safety of your own home! Read More

December 04, 2020 Flood Control System logo

Shaver Road NE Flood Control Project Begins

As part of permanent flood control, the Shaver Road Bridge will be elevated 8 feet over a floodwall, and will be designed to remain open during flood emergencies. Read More

December 04, 2020 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

Armed Robberies Investigation, Suspect Photographs

The Police Department is actively investigating a series of 7 armed robberies to restaurants and grocery stores between November 17-29, 2020.  Photographs of a suspect have been released. Read More

December 03, 2020 Kitten laying on a mat

Friends Helping Friends Foundation "Every Cat Deserves a Mat" Fundraiser Provides Pet Beds for 150 Local Shelter Animals

The Friends Helping Friends Foundation’s “Every Cat Deserves a Mat” fundraiser will be providing Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control with 150 pet beds for the cats and kittens at the shelter.  The pet beds will be delivered to the shelter on Friday afternoon. Read More

December 03, 2020 Thief stealing bag

Police Department Offers Holiday Crime Prevention Tips

The Cedar Rapids Police Department would like to remind citizens of a few crime prevention tips this holiday season.  These crime prevention tips are part of the department’s ongoing commitment to keeping our community safe for those who live, work, or visit our city. Read More

December 01, 2020 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Shooting Incident in the 400 Block of F Avenue NW (Update #1 – Victim Identified)

The victim in the shooting incident on November 30 at 429 F Avenue NW has been identified as Charles James Griffin, DOB/05-02-1996, age 24. Read More

November 30, 2020 Police officers in uniform

Shooting Incident in the 400 Block of F Avenue NW

Cedar Rapids Police officers were dispatched to a shooting incident at a residence in the 400 block of F Avenue NW at 10:54 a.m. on Monday, November 30. Read More

November 30, 2020 PoliceDepartmentLogowithUSflag

Police Request Assistance with Hit-and-Run Investigation (Update: Suspect Arrested)

A suspect has been arrested for a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a 34-year old woman on November 9, 2020.  He was also arrested for three burglaries committed prior to the hit-and-run. Read More

November 29, 2020 Police car door

Suspect Arrested in Shooting Incident Near 1st Street & Hamilton Street SW

Police arrested a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred near 1st Street and Hamilton Street SW just prior to Noon on Sunday, November 29. Read More

November 28, 2020 Flags flying in front of PD Department

Two Wanted Persons Arrested, Stolen Weapons Recovered

Cedar Rapids Police officers arrested two wanted suspects and recovered three firearms after completing a search warrant of a residence in the 800 block of Camburn Court SE. Read More

November 17, 2020 16th Ave floodgate_web photo

16th Avenue SE Floodgate Completed

Construction and installation of the 16th Avenue SE floodgate is substantially completed, and the bridge will reopen to traffic on Wednesday, November 18.  Read More

November 16, 2020 Police car door

Fatal Car Versus Pedestrian Accident

A car struck a pedestrian at Edgewood Road and 12th Avenue SW on Friday, November 13 at 5:57 p.m.  Both the vehicle driver and pedestrian were injured, and the pedestrian was pronounced deceased early the next morning. Read More

October 15, 2020 Child and adult planting a tree

Tree Adoption and Planting Events to be Held

The City of Cedar Rapids will hold several tree planting events and opportunities in the next few weeks. The City will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting event at 9:00 a.m., on October 16, at Cedar River Academy at Taylor Elementary. In addition, the City of Cedar Rapids in partnership with Trees Forever and Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, will hold two tree adoption events. Read More

September 25, 2020 leaf vacuum truck

Fall Loose Leaf Vacuum Collection to Begin Oct. 19 Following Two-Week Delayed Start

Instead of starting on Oct. 5, as originally planned, leaf vacuum collection will begin on Oct. 19. Read More

September 15, 2020 Trim only tag on tree

Arborists Begin to Assess and Mark Right-of-Way Trees

Contracted certified arborists have begun to assess and mark public right-of-way trees for necessary trimming and removal based on damage that occurred as a result of the derecho. A colored tag will be stapled to assessed trees indicating what, if any, work will be performed. The tags help insure the correct work is done to each tree and that the City of Cedar Rapids will be eligible for FEMA assistance. Assessments are anticipated to take one month. Read More

September 11, 2020 Storm-Assistance-Thank-you_News

Thank You!

We are extremely appreciative of assistance we received from many, including other government agencies and cities after the Derecho on August 10. Read More

September 09, 2020 Flood Control System logo

Construction Set to Begin on 3rd Avenue SE Floodgate

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, September 21, 2020 on the 3rd Avenue SE floodgate. The completed floodgate will feature stackable, removable panels that slide into permanent columns on the sidewalk during flood threats.

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September 03, 2020 Bus in front of Ground Transportation Center

Transit Changes Scheduled September 8

Cedar Rapids Transit will be implementing route and schedule changes to the city bus routes starting Tuesday, September 8. Read More

September 02, 2020 City of Cedar Rapids - Mask Mandate

City of Cedar Rapids Mayor Issues Mask Mandate

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart signed an emergency proclamation making face coverings mandatory in public places throughout Cedar Rapids, whenever proper social distance cannot be maintained. The mandate is effective immediately. Scientific studies have shown that face coverings over the mouth and nose significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Read More

August 27, 2020 Business-Damage-Survey_News

City of Cedar Rapids Business Storm Loss Questionnaire

In response to the business impacts of the August 10, 2020 derecho throughout the community, the City of Cedar Rapids is asking area businesses to complete a brief storm loss questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to help City staff identify needs in the post-disaster recovery process. Read More

August 27, 2020 tree logo

Recreational Vehicles Permitted to Serve as Temporary Housing

As the community continues to rebuild following the storm event on August 10, the City of Cedar Rapids has expanded the in-town use of recreational vehicles (RVs) to be used as a temporary housing unit for those displaced or completing home repairs. Read More

August 12, 2020 City recycling truck picks up a CURBY cart

Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Advisory

No garbage, recycling, or yard waste collection on Tuesday, August 12. Find information regarding service restoration. Read More

August 06, 2020 CRB_News

City of Cedar Rapids Launches Survey to Gather Input for Citizen Review Board

The City of Cedar Rapids has launched a survey to seek feedback from residents as they work to establish the framework for an independent Citizen Review Board (CRB). Read More

July 26, 2020 Tree-Vets

Public-Private Partnership Supports Local Restaurants, Families

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, is increasing food distribution to families in need while at the same time supporting local restaurants. Read More

July 17, 2020 k9splash for web

K9Splash Fundraiser for Dog Parks Goes Virtual

K9COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas) and the City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, announce a virtual event to replace K9Splash, the annual dog swim held at Bever Pool that raises money for local dog parks. The traditional event, which welcomed over 800 dogs each year to Bever Pool, was K9COLA’s largest and most popular fundraiser. The event has been transitioned into Virtual K9Splash on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Read More

July 15, 2020 COVID-19 Update

City of Cedar Rapids Public Services Available

City services to the public continue to be fully operational and available online, via phone, and by email. Departments are making efforts to ensure minimal disruption to public services, while taking necessary COVID-19 precautions. Read More

July 13, 2020 tree debris on street_web

Tree Debris Removal

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s Forestry Division is experiencing higher than normal requests for service following the weekend storm. The City does not remove private debris/limbs. Find information for private and right-of-way tree debris removal. Read More

June 26, 2020 Farmers Market for web

Noelridge Farmers' Market to Open July 1

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will open the Noelridge Farmers’ Market, on the corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE, on Wednesday, July 1 at 4:00 p.m. Read More

June 24, 2020 Tree of Five Seasons sculpture

Customer Service Feedback Survey Available Online

Residents and those who do business with the City of Cedar Rapids are invited to respond to a customer service feedback survey the City is conducting. The survey is designed to improve the quality of interactions customers have with City staff.

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June 19, 2020 Rollin Recmobile van

Rollin' Recmobile to Visit Cedar Rapids Parks Next Week

The Rollin’ Recmobile, a mobile recreation program that brings recreation opportunities to neighborhoods, will begin to visit Cedar Rapids parks next week. The program provides flexibility to offer youth recreation activities while following health guidelines for COVID-19. Families are encouraged to wear masks while attending Rollin’ Recmobile activities. Read More

June 19, 2020 Juneteenth-News

Juneteenth in Cedar Rapids

Juneteenth marks the day that the last enslaved people in the United States learned of their freedom after the Civil War. Mayor Brad Hart recently read a proclamation declaring Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Cedar Rapids. Read More

June 19, 2020 City-Hall-Mural

City Council Officially and Unanimously Votes to Support Local Black Lives Matter Priorities

At a special council meeting on June 19, 2020, Cedar Rapids City Council met to discuss and adopt a resolution of support showing their full and united commitment and support for addressing seven priorities presented by local members of the Black Lives Matter movement. The resolution passed unanimously and each council member expressed their full support and commitment during the meeting.  Read More

June 15, 2020 Children playing at a Cedar Rapids splash pad

Cedar Rapids Splash Pads to Open

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has begun to open splash pads in parks. The process to turn on eleven splash pads will take two days, with all splash pads anticipated to be open and working by Wednesday, June 17. While the sensor on the fire hydrant, or button to activate the water, will be sanitized daily, other play pieces on the splash pads will not be disinfected and the water is not chlorinated. Patrons are asked to use their own discretion regarding use. Splash pads will operate for more hours than in previous years. They will turn on at 9:00 a.m. each day, and turn off at 9:00 p.m. Read More

June 12, 2020 portraits of iowa rendering_web

Community Photos Sought for Gallery Installation

The Cedar Rapids community is invited to submit photos that capture the essence of Cedar Rapids’ buildings, landmarks, or neighborhoods for inclusion in an art installation called Portraits of IowaRead More

June 05, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Mask Drive Results in Thousands of Donations

The City of Cedar Rapids would like to thank the many volunteers and community groups who invested time and resources to create and donate cloth face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Between April and May, more than 3,300 masks were donated! Read More

June 04, 2020 Mays island aerial

Cedar Rapids National Community Survey Results

In January 2020 the City of Cedar Rapids asked a sample of residents to participate in The National Community Survey™ (The NCS™). The survey is 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 and previous Cedar Rapids survey results. Read More

June 02, 2020 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

Permit Process Supports Outdoor Service Area

To support commercial business' ability to serve patrons while also following social distancing guidelines, the City of Cedar Rapids has created a streamlined process to allow temporary outdoor service areas on private property and public sidewalk areas. Read More

June 01, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department to Launch Rollin' Recmobile

 Following review of health guidelines for youth programming, the Parks and Recreation Department has decided to cancel youth programs scheduled to start in June, due to the inability to social distance and keep staff and participants safe. However, the Rollin’ Recmobile, a mobile recreation program that will bring recreation opportunities to neighborhoods, is tentatively scheduled to launch on June 22. Read More

May 29, 2020 Bike rack with Bike Share logo

Bike Share Program Returns

Cedar Rapids’ Bike Share program is returning this year. Bikes and scooters will begin arriving within the next two weeks (first two weeks of June). Read More

May 28, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Cedar Rapids Park Amenities to Reopen June 1

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department announces the reopening of many park amenities on June 1. Read More

May 22, 2020 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

Cedar Rapids Receives Aa1 Bond Rating on General Obligation Debt

The City of Cedar Rapids is pleased to announce that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 rating to the City’s $84 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020A, $28 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020B and $27 million Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020E. Read More

May 21, 2020 Flood-control-logo

Lot 44 Flood Levee in NewBo Begins

Starting the week of May 25 after the Memorial Day holiday, construction will begin on the Lot 44 flood levee in NewBo. The levee will stretch from 9th Avenue to 12th Avenue SE, and is part of the City’s permanent flood control system.  Read More

May 15, 2020 Row of historic residential homes

Virtual Meeting May 27 on Bever Woods Historic Survey

Residents are invited to a virtual neighborhood meeting to learn updates on the historic survey that took place in 2019 in Bever Woods, a neighborhood in the SE quadrant.  Read More

May 15, 2020 WaterPourIntoGlass

Has your building been closed for a few weeks? Flush the water pipes!

While Coronavirus has not been proven to be transmitted through water systems, due to efforts to stop the spread of COVID19, the extended closures and low occupancy in many businesses and buildings may have compromised the quality of water within these structures. Find steps to flush your water system. Read More

May 14, 2020 Update - CR Transit Service

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Service Resumes Monday, May 18

City of Cedar Rapids Transit service will resume beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Transit Service will be available on weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with hourly service on all routes except for Route 5, which will run in 15 minute intervals. There will be no weekday peak service or Saturday service at this time.

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May 14, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Municipal Pools to Stay Closed

To protect the safety of employees and the public, the City of Cedar Rapids will not open Bever, Bender, Jones, Ellis, Cherry Hill and Noelridge Pools and Aquatic Centers this summer. Read More

May 13, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Business Reopening Toolkit Now Available

A comprehensive business reopening guide is now available for businesses to use as they begin to restart operations.  Read More

May 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Advisory

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling division announces a full return to normal collection services effective Monday, May 11. Read More

May 08, 2020 City-Hall-Mural

Cedar Rapids Hosts Virtual City Council Meeting May 12, 2020

The Cedar Rapids City Council meeting for Tuesday May 12, 2020 at noon will be hosted virtually. The meeting will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page (facebook.com/CityofCRiowa/) and indexed videos will be available on the City’s website, cedar-rapids.org. Read More

May 07, 2020 watertower

Drinking Water Boil Order Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the boil order for all areas in the SW Quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Results of all samples collected revealed all testing parameters are within normal limits and confirmed that the water is safe for consumption.

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May 06, 2020 COVID-19 Update

Bike to Work Week Postponed

To encourage safe and responsible social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bike to Work Week activities will be postponed and are tentatively scheduled for September 2020. Read More

May 04, 2020 COVID-19 Update

City of Cedar Rapids Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

The City of Cedar Rapids was notified over the weekend that an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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April 29, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Gardner and Ellis Golf Courses and Disc Golf to Open

Following Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Road, Marion, will reopen to the public on Friday, May 1. Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Ave. NW, will open for the season on Monday, May 4. The Parks and Recreation Department will also be reinstalling baskets to reopen disc golf next week. Read More

April 29, 2020 City-Hall-Mural

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

The City of Cedar Rapids has extended the deadline for applications to serve on City boards and commissions for fiscal year 2021 beginning July 1, 2020. Applications are now being accepted for all current and upcoming vacancies on many of the City's boards, commissions and advisory committees. Read More

April 29, 2020 Detour sign

Cedar Valley Nature Trail Construction to begin April 30

Beginning Thursday, April 30, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail will be closed between J Avenue NE and McCloud Run Place. The trail section will be closed through Friday, May 8 with the exception of being open during the weekend of May 2 and 3. Read More

April 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update

City of Cedar Rapids Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

The City of Cedar Rapids was alerted today that a Cedar Rapids Police Department employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More

April 28, 2020 COVID-19 Update

City Facility Closures and Transit Service Suspension Extended

In order to follow updated guidelines provided by the State of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health, the City of Cedar Rapids is extending building closures and Cedar Rapids Transit Service until May 15, 2020. Read More

April 24, 2020 COVID-19 Update

City Seeks Cloth Mask Donations

The City of Cedar Rapids is calling on community volunteers to help create and donate cloth masks, which will be distributed to local service agencies and community members in need. Read More

April 23, 2020 Plant Sale 2 - web

Noelridge Greenhouse Online Plant Sale

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has launched an online sale of plants and flowers produced at the Noelridge Greenhouse. Thousands of plants, many unique to the facility and not available at other area nurseries, are normally sold at the Mother’s Day Open House, which has been canceled. The sale of these plants has transitioned online. Read More

April 22, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

May Parks and Recreation Programs Impacted by COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department announces changes to programs and events originally scheduled to be held in May. Read More

April 16, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Gardner Golf Course, Disc Golf Closed and Trail Recommendations Issued

Due to the Public Health Emergency Proclamation for Linn County, that was issued by Governor Reynolds today, Gardner Golf Course and disc golf courses within Cedar Rapids parks will be closed. In addition, trail recommendations have been issued to make it easier to avoid contact with other trail users. Read More

April 08, 2020 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - COVID-19 Response with Unified Command

Our latest podcast will give residents a unique look into the workings of incident command during an emergency. CRFD Training Chief Jason Andrews, talks about the City’s response to COVID-19, the Unified Command structure, and how the community is working together to respond to this pandemic. Read More

April 02, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Additional Park Facilities Closed for Social Distancing

Due to the COVID-19 virus, and the difficulty in following social distancing guidelines when using some park facilities, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed the Riverside Skate Park, outdoor basketball courts, volleyball courts, sand volleyball courts, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations were closed previously and remain closed.  Read More

April 02, 2020 tree logo

Online Database of Business Resources

The City of Cedar Rapids, along with The Gazette and area service providers, have launched an online database of business resources to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. Read More

April 01, 2020 16th Ave floodgate_web photo

16th Ave SE Floodgate Stats April 7

Construction is scheduled to begin on the 16th Avenue SE floodgate on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The 16th Avenue Bridge will be closed to motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists starting April 7 and is scheduled to re-open this fall. Read More

April 01, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

April Parks and Recreation Programs Impacted by COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has made changes to programs and events originally scheduled to be held in April. Read More

March 31, 2020 leaf vacuum truck

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Starts April 6

Residents can expect leaf collection on their regular garbage day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume. Read More

March 25, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Cedar Rapids Playgrounds and Outdoor Exercise Stations Closed

For the health and safety of the public, due to COVID-19, the City of Cedar Rapids is temporarily closing playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations in parks. Parks, trails and dog parks will remain open Read More

March 23, 2020 Update - CR Transit Service

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Suspending Service Beginning Wednesday, March 25

City of Cedar Rapids Transit will suspend fixed-route transit service effective this Wednesday, March 25 as an additional measure to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Read More

March 21, 2020 Linn County Iowa Announcement

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Linn County

Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus and has announced the first laboratory diagnosed case of COVID-19 in Linn County at a news conference Saturday morning. Read More

March 19, 2020 Census Partnership Web Badges_2A_v1.8_12.10.2018

Residents Encouraged to Respond to 2020 Census Online

Earlier this month, the 2020 Census kicked off and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes across the nation. Residents can respond to the Census at 2020Census.gov.    Read More

March 17, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Limiting Passengers to Require Social Distancing

Starting Wednesday March 18, City of Cedar Rapids Transit will begin restricting riders to 10 passengers per bus to encourage social distancing and minimize passenger contact. To accommodate passengers, CR Transit will be restructuring peak service routes when possible.

 

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March 16, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

Cedar Rapids is Requesting all Bars and Restaurants Close for St. Patrick's Day and Limit Ongoing Patron Activity

The City of Cedar Rapids is requesting all Cedar Rapids bars and restaurants close for St. Patrick’s Day to discourage citizens from congregating in large crowds. Based on health advice related to the spread of COVID-19, City officials believe allowing normal St. Patrick’s Day activity will cause a public safety hazard. Read More

March 15, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

Parks and Recreation Facilities Closed and Programs Canceled

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will cancel all recreation programs and close facilities excluding administrative offices beginning Monday, March 16. Read More

March 06, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

City of Cedar Rapids Prepares for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Cedar Rapids has already initiated both an emergency preparedness plan and a continuity of operations plan, as the safety of our community is our top priority, in the event that the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts the Cedar Rapids area.  (Currently, the risk is low in Iowa.) The City has prepared an emergency operations plan for implementation if there is an increased demand for calls for service because of the coronavirus.  Just as importantly, the City has prepared a continuity of operations plan to ensure adequate City staff is available to deliver essential services.

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March 03, 2020 biking around cedar-lake

Citizen Survey Enters Online Phase

Residents of the City of Cedar Rapids are invited to respond to a comprehensive quality of life survey the city is conducting, administered by National Research Center. The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City of Cedar Rapids, and to make comparisons with peer cities. Read More

February 27, 2020 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - Economic Development

Listen to our latest Inside Cedar Rapids podcast with Jasmine Almoayyed, Economic Development Manager, to learn more about economic development initiatives within the City, and why they are important for our city’s economy and quality of life. Read More

February 27, 2020 Crewman at road construction site

Pothole Patching Underway

Public Works crews are conducting pothole patching operations as we enter spring-time freeze/thaw cycles. This time of year, variations in temperature are extreme and moisture from rain or melting snow seeps into pavement and freezes, popping pavement loose and causing potholes. Read More

February 20, 2020 City-Hall-Sign

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

Make plans to join Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 for his Cedar Rapids State of the City address. Read More

February 06, 2020 Row of historic residential homes

City Seeking Input on Housing, Funding Prioritization

The City of Cedar Rapids is developing a plan for the City’s housing and community development needs, and invites residents to join the conversation on housing needs, community services, barriers, and funding priorities. Read More

January 15, 2020 Cedar Lake and cyclists

Residents Invited to Explore River Recreation Opportunities

Residents are invited to participate in a study called “Explore River Recreation” and help examine new recreational options on and along the Cedar River. Read More

December 20, 2019 HealthyHometown_Tree_logo-web

Cedar Rapids Joins AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining approximately 400 other communities across the country who are committed to making their communities livable for residents of all ages, from the cradle through retirement. Read More

December 11, 2019 NW-Detention-Basin-2019

Flood Control Detention Basin Underway

Construction is underway on a flood control detention basin in northwest Cedar Rapids. Located north of the Northwest Recreation Center at 11th Street NW and M Avenue NW, the detention basin will safely hold 8.3 million gallons of excess rain water. Read More

November 22, 2019 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2019 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

The 2019 Paving for Progress construction year is coming to an end, which included more than 15 linear miles of roadway improvements for the completion of 47 projects on both local and arterial roads. This was the sixth year of the program, and the single best year on record for number of miles completed. Read More

November 07, 2019 Bike rack with Bike Share logo

Bike Share Program Seasonal Closure

Cedar Rapids’ bike share program is closing for the season. Electric-assist bikes and electric scooters are being picked up by vendor Veoride, who will temporarily store them over the winter months. Read More

November 06, 2019 Czech Village Levee construction

Czech Village Levee Completed

The Czech Village flood levee has been completed and the Cedar Valley Trail, which was temporarily closed during construction, is now open. Read More

October 14, 2019 Walk Your Wheels Logo FINAL_web

Where to Ride Scooters

The City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind residents that for the safety of all users: scooters, bicycles, and skateboards are not permitted on sidewalks in the downtown core. Read More

September 18, 2019 A restored oxbow near Morgan Creek Park

Cedar Rapids Wins US Water Prize for Outstanding Work in the Public Sector

Today the US Water Alliance announced the winners of the US Water Prize, a prestigious award for outstanding work towards changing how water is viewed, valued, and managed. Read More

September 16, 2019 all-are-welcome-here logo

Cedar Rapids – A Welcoming Community

Cedar Rapids is proud to celebrate Welcoming Week to acknowledge the many important contributions immigrants and refugees bring to our community.

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September 10, 2019 Pie with heading that reads City Budget Survey

Tell us how you would slice it!

Budgets might not be the most exciting topic, but pie is always fun. That's why we are giving Cedar Rapids residents a chance to win pie for a year* just for taking our budget survey! Read More

August 29, 2019 Bike rack with Bike Share logo

Scooters Join Bike Share

Starting August 30, the Cedar Rapids bike share system will add a pilot program featuring electric scooters. Read More

August 27, 2019 Bus in front of Ground Transportation Center

Cedar Rapids Launches Sponsored Student Fare Program

The City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD), Kirkwood Community College, and Coe College have collaborated to offer student bus rides at no cost on all fixed route buses operated by Cedar Rapids Transit. Read More

August 21, 2019 Kirkwood Boulevard Water Tank against the morning sky, the words 'Cedar Rapids' are marked upon the tank.

Kirkwood Boulevard Tank Put Into Service

A new 1.5 million-gallon elevated water tank on Kirkwood Boulevard officially joined the City of Cedar Rapids’ distribution system on Thursday, August 15. View a timelapse video. Read More

August 02, 2019 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - Achieving the Gold Standard in Public Safety

The public safety agencies of Cedar Rapids work to protect the community. In this month's Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast, Police Chief Wayne Jerman and Fire Chief Greg Smith discuss how their departments have received the Gold Standard Accreditation, and how the designations benefit citizens of Cedar Rapids. Read More

July 16, 2019

Heat Relief Locations in Cedar Rapids

Residents looking for relief from the heat expected in the next few days are encouraged to visit one of the City's designated heat relief locations - Salvation Army, Lindale Mall, Downtown Library, and the Ladd Library. Read More

June 26, 2019 biking around cedar-lake

City of Cedar Rapids Assumes Ownership of Cedar Lake North Cell

Cedar Rapids City Council recently approved a resolution authorizing execution of a real estate purchase and sale agreement in the amount of $1 for the purchase of property at 855 Shaver Road NE, commonly known as Cedar Lake. Read More

June 17, 2019 Utilities Director Steve Hershner presents the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award to Jacob Donaghy.

Donaghy Recognized with Water Environment Federation Award

Jacob Donaghy, utilities water quality specialist for the City of Cedar Rapids, has earned the Water Environment Federation's Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award. Read More

June 17, 2019 Kids playing with a parachute at Greene Square

Parks & Recreation Department To Hold Free Activities at Greene Square

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will offer free summer children’s activities at Greene Square. The activities will be held on Thursdays, June 20 through August 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on the lawn in Greene Square across from the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Horizons will provide free meals to those ages 18 and under at Noon. Read More

June 14, 2019 Children talking to the school teachers in the one-room schoolhouse at Ushers Ferry Historic Village

Free Events offered at Ushers Ferry June 19 and June 26

Bring the whole family to Ushers Ferry for the annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Wednesday, June 19 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and the Freedom Festival 'Free' Village Tour on Wednesday, June 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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June 11, 2019 City-Hall-Sign

Department of Justice Closes Agreement with City of Cedar Rapids

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division recently informed the City of Cedar Rapids of their intent to close the file on their Project Civic Access (PCA) agreement with the City, effective immediately. Project Civic Access is a wide-ranging, proactive initiative designed to ensure that cities and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by eliminating physical and communication barriers. Read More

June 11, 2019 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - History Preserved: Protecting and Repurposing Historic Landmarks

Don't miss our latest podcast--History Preserved: Protecting and Repurposing Historic Landmarks.  Jennifer Pratt, Cedar Rapids Community Development Director, discusses how the City and the community works together to protect and repurpose historic landmarks.

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May 30, 2019 New-CR-Transit-buses

Addition of New Buses Marks Milestone for Cedar Rapids Transit

Cedar Rapids Transit is pleased to announce the purchase and delivery of three new, heavy-duty, fixed-route buses from Gillig Corporation. These three buses complete a major milestone for Cedar Rapids Transit: the replacement of the entire fixed-route bus fleet with new, heavy-duty, low-floor, ADA-accessible buses since the 2008 flood. 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 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 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 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

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

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

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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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

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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

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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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Podcast--Construction 101: Public Works Behind the Scenes

In the latest Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast, Nate Kampmann, City Engineer, discusses discusses how construction projects are selected and what goes into a project from start to finish. Read More

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City Week Open House

Join us for our City Week Open House, Wednesday, October 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. Get a close up look at City vehicles and equipment, visit with City employees, enjoy fun photo opportunities, kid’s activities, games, prizes, and much more. 

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City Budget FY 2021

For Fiscal Year (FY) ending June 30, 2021: 

The fiscal year 2021 budget was presented to the Mayor and City Council in February 2020. The City provides the following services: public safety, public works, solid waste collection, animal control, parking, ground transportation, community development and municipal water and sewer. The City also provides cultural and recreational opportunities through various departments and commissions. 

 

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Cedar Rapids Hosts Virtual City Council Meeting April 28, 2020

The Cedar Rapids City Council meeting for Tuesday April 28, 2020 at 4 pm will be hosted virtually. Learn details about how you can watch and participate online. Read More

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Resident Resources Online Database

The City of Cedar Rapids, along with The Gazette and area service providers, have launched a new online database of resident resources to help citizens navigate support resources available during the COVID-19 health crisis. Read More

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City Launches Eviction Prevention Program

On April 28, 2020, Cedar Rapids City Council approved the recommendation of the Community Development Department to allocate $623,757 in additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to establish an eviction prevention program. The program provides low to moderate-income households impacted by COVID-19 with rent and utility payment assistance. Read More

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