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May 27, 2022 cherry hill aquatic center

Cherry Hill Aquatic Center Will Open May 28

The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin this weekend with pre-season swimming at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 28; Sunday, May 29; and Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). Previously, the Parks and Recreation Department planned to open Noelridge Aquatic Center this weekend, but this has changed to Cherry Hill due to a mechanical issue at Noelridge. Read More

May 27, 2022 IPCA 2022 -  (52) WEB

CRPD Chief Wayne Jerman is IPCA Executive of the  Year

Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman was honored as the 2021 Iowa Police Chiefs Association - "Executive of the Year" at their annual conference on Thursday, May 26, 2022 in Coralville. Read More

May 27, 2022 Street equipment working

Traffic Closure Notices

Information on current traffic closures. Read More

May 24, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in SW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SW Quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

May 24, 2022 Garage sale sign in yard

Safety a Concern with Illegally Posted Signs

Periodically, the City of Cedar Rapids reminds property owners, businesses, and residents that signs are not allowed to be placed in the public right-of-way. Read More

May 22, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in SW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the SW quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break at 1264 22nd Ave. SW. Read More

May 20, 2022 A boy using the splash pad at Noelridge Park

Cedar Rapids Park Splash Pads Open May 28

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will turn on the splash pads in the parks on Saturday, May 28. 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 13, 2022 Bike to Work Week Graphic

Bike to Work Week Activities Kick Off This Weekend

Bike to Work Week (May 14–21) offers a variety of events focused on bike education and opportunities to gather with community members who share a love for biking. Read More

May 09, 2022 The big red barn and farmyard at Old MacDonalds Farm in Bever Park

Old MacDonald's Farm Open

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department has opened Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park for the season. The farm, a petting zoo, is open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. through September 25. Admission is free, but a $1 minimum donation is appreciated. Read More

May 06, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

May 04, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the SE quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break at 1617 12th Avenue SE. Read More

May 02, 2022 tree logo

Public Notice: Antidegradation Alternatives Analysis for the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Notice is hereby given that the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has completed a draft antidegradation alternatives analysis for discharge of treated wastewater to the Cedar River. Read More

April 29, 2022 photo of City Hall building

Cedar Rapids Receives Aa1 Bond Rating on General Obligation Debt

Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aa1 rating to the City’s $51.7 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2022A and $3.7 million Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2022B.  The Aa1 rating indicates the bonds are judged to be of high quality and are subject to low credit risk. Read More

April 28, 2022 2018 Arbor Day tree planting with students at Ushers Ferry

Tree Planting at Hoover School for Arbor Day

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will observe Arbor Day by planting trees at Hoover School, 4141 Johnson Avenue NW, with Hoover students on Friday, April 29 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The ceremony will include remarks by representatives from Hoover School and Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation. Mayor Pro-Tempore Ann Poe will read the Arbor Day proclamation at 10:55 a.m., followed by teaching modules for the students led by staffs from Cedar Rapids Forestry and Linn County Conservation. Read More

April 26, 2022 Photo of a tree stump

Derecho Recovery - Stump Grinding Underway

Workers will remove stumps along priority routes and in work zones across the city. Residents can find a dashboard with a map of activity underway. Read More

April 25, 2022 Flood-control-logo

Downtown Flood Control System Project Updates

Review planned and active flood control system projects. Read More

April 24, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in NW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NW quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption Read More

April 22, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in NW Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the NW quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break on Julia Anne Dr. NW between Sue Ln. NW and 1st Ave. NW. Read More

April 12, 2022 Vigil for  Community Healing

Cedar Rapids to Hold Vigil For Community Healing on Wednesday

The City of Cedar Rapids will hold a Vigil for Community Healing on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge. The vigil is a moment to bring the community together — while honoring the victims, their families, and friends — and support healing for our city. Read More

April 10, 2022 Police car door

Police Investigate Overnight Shooting in Downtown Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Police are investigating a shooting at Taboo Nightclub and Lounge, 415 Third Street SE that occurred at 1:27a.m. on Sunday, April, 10, 2022. Two individuals are confirmed dead and approximately ten more are injured and receiving medical attention at multiple local hospitals. Read More

April 08, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption.

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April 06, 2022 Skyline of Mt. Vernon Road, Cedar Rapids

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. 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

April 06, 2022 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory for Limited Set of Customers in SE Quadrant

The City of Cedar Rapids is asking customers at a limited set of addresses in the SE quadrant to consider boiling water used for personal consumption as a precautionary measure, due to a water main break on 12th Avenue SE near 17th Street. Read More

April 04, 2022 House with lots of green plants and a bicycle

Celebrate Earth Month with the City's Green Homes Challenge

April is Earth Month, and to celebrate, the City of Cedar Rapids is asking residents to participate in the City’s Green Homes program by completing sustainable actions or making future commitments and then logging them online. Cedar Rapids residents and neighborhoods participating in the program challenge will be recognized at EcoFest, held in person this year on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NewBo City Market.

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April 04, 2022 Cover

Register Now for Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Summer Programs

Registration is underway for Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation summer programs and camps. The Department’s summer program guide is now available online at www.crrec.org and will be mailed to residents beginning April 4 inside the City’s Our CR magazine. Read More

April 01, 2022 Couple riding electric scooters

Cedar Rapids' Micromobility Program Launches Today

The City’s Micromobility Program launches on Friday, April 1. This is the fourth year for Cedar Rapids’ micromobility program. This year, the City focused on improving several program elements. Read More

March 28, 2022 Spring Loose Leaf Collection

City of Cedar Rapids Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection to Run April 4-29

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling Division will begin operating leaf vacuum trucks on Monday, April 4. Residents can expect leaf collection on their regular garbage day unless the trucks are slowed by weather or volume, in which case the division will strive to reach any missed properties the following day. Read More

March 25, 2022 Seasonal Job Fair

Job Madness Seasonal Job Fair to be held Indoors at Noelridge Greenhouse on Saturday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with the City’s Human Resources Department, will hold a “Job Madness” Job Fair on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. indoors at the Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council Street NERead More

March 23, 2022 Aerial photo of farm fields, a body of water, and trees

Iowa Remains Focused on Improving Water Quality Across the State

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig helped kick-off the third year of the Clean Water in Iowa Starts Here campaign during a stop hosted by the City of Cedar Rapids. The City of Cedar Rapids has been working alongside the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, farmers and county and local officials to implement conservation practices since 2015 when the Middle Cedar Partnership Project was launched. Read More

March 17, 2022 YARDY and GARBY carts on the curb

Changes Announced for Acceptable Cedar Rapids Yard Waste and YARDY Cart Contents

Changes are being made to the list of items that are acceptable for City of Cedar Rapids residents to place in their YARDY yard waste carts.  Read More

March 16, 2022 Eastern Iowa Airport logo - FlyCID

"Historic" investment headed to the Eastern Iowa Airport

The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids (CID) is eligible for $28.35 million of new funding through the State of Iowa.

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March 15, 2022 Aerial photo of farm fields, a body of water, and trees

City of Cedar Rapids Receives Leadership in Conservation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Iowa Agriculture

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig recently recognized organizations and entities making exceptional contributions to the state’s agriculture community. The City of Cedar Rapids received the Leadership in Conservation award for conservation efforts. Read More

March 14, 2022 water

Iowa DNR Completes PFAS Analysis of Cedar Rapids Water

In February 2022, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources sampled Cedar Rapids’ drinking water as part of the State's action plan for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. Results are now available. Read More

March 13, 2022 A firefighter is seen responding to a fire in body mounted camera footage from a police officer camera.

Cedar Rapids Police Department Releases Footage from Inside Geneva Tower Fire

On Sunday, Feb 20, 2022, Cedar Rapids Police Officers and Firefighters battled the largest high-rise fire in City history. Body-worn cameras from several Cedar Rapids Police Officers captured moments of bravery, compassion and outstanding teamwork. Read More

March 11, 2022 Twin Pines Golf Course sign and golfer

Twin Pines Golf Course and Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course to Open Tuesday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will open Twin Pines Golf Course, and Mini Pines minature golf, located at 3800 42nd Street NE, on Tuesday, March 15.  Read More

March 03, 2022 Tree-Vets

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

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

March 02, 2022 Tree of Five Seasons mark extends behind an icon representing a City Charter document.

Charter Review Commission Seeks Feedback from Public

The public is encouraged to review the City Charter and submit feedback through a public forum, email or online survey. Read More

February 28, 2022 Clipboard illustration

City of Cedar Rapids Participating in 2022 National Community Survey

The City of Cedar Rapids will be mailing surveys to a randomly selected group of households to participate in The National Community Survey™ in 2022. Read More

February 25, 2022 Iowa-Department-of-Agriculture-and-Land-Stewardship

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, City of Cedar Rapids Partner to Expand Conservation Drainage Practices

State, county and city officials are working together to add an estimated 60 water quality practices in the Middle Cedar watershed. 

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February 23, 2022 State of the City of Cedar Rapids

2022 Cedar Rapids State of the City Address Available Online

The Cedar Rapids State of the City presented by Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell is now available for residents to view. Read More

February 22, 2022 Murals, sculptures, and stained glass window are examples of public art in Cedar Rapids.

City Seeks Public Feedback on Draft Public Art Plan

The plan incorporates input from residents and stakeholders to define a vision for the City’s public art program. Read More

February 21, 2022 tree logo

Applications for Cedar Rapids' First Time Homebuyer Program Will Be Accepted on March 7th

The City of Cedar Rapids’ First Time Homebuyer Program will begin accepting applications at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 7th.

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February 20, 2022 Firefighters respond to a high rise fire in Cedar Rapids.

Geneva Tower Fire

Cedar Rapids firefighters were called to a reported fire at Geneva Tower, 310 5th Street Southeast, Cedar Rapids, just after midnight on February 20th, 2022.

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February 08, 2022 City-Hall-Sign

City Budget

Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz presented City Council Members with his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022 at a special council meeting on February 7.  The proposed budget serves to allocate resources and establish a direction for the City’s programs and services for the coming year. Read More

February 08, 2022 3rd street aerial

City of Cedar Rapids Launches Payment System for Non-Utility Billing

After successful implementation of a new digital payment system for utility bills in November 2021, the City of Cedar Rapids has now launched a similar enhanced digital payment system for non-utility bill types. The new system provides improved payment capabilities, enabling users to manage their bills faster, easier, and more conveniently.  Read More

February 07, 2022 release image

City Council to Adopt ReLeaf Cedar Rapids Plan

Immediately following the devastating derecho on August 10, 2020, City leadership identified that recovery would rely on thoughtful work and planning to restore the tree canopy better than it was before. As a result, the City entered into a partnership with Trees Forever, who contracted with Jeff Speck of Speck and Associates, and Confluence, Inc., to develop a plan that could serve as a public resource to guide future decision-making related to the restoration of the tree canopy in Cedar Rapids. The plan will be presented to City Council for adoption on Tuesday, February 8 during the City Council meeting. Read More

February 03, 2022 Five seasons parking garage with 2,722 sq ft mural location marked.

Call for Artists' Qualifications for Five Seasons Parking Ramp Mural

The City of Cedar Rapids’ Visual Arts Commission and local group Advocates for Social Justice are inviting area artists to help create a mural on the Five Seasons Parking Ramp. Read More

February 02, 2022 CR College Careet Connection Logo

City of Cedar Rapids Launches Workforce Program Partnership with Kirkwood Community College

The City of Cedar Rapids has partnered with Kirkwood Community College to develop a new workforce training and education program.

The program, called Cedar Rapids College Career Connection, provides tuition grants to support local career opportunities and advancement.

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January 19, 2022 Police department building signage

Cedar Rapids Police Release 2021 Crime Statistics

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has released its 2021 Crime Statistics report. 

Reflecting on 2021, Chief of Police Wayne Jerman, acknowledges the year’s unexpected challenges and the effects they had on crime while maintaining a positive outlook on living and working in Cedar Rapids. Read More

January 14, 2022 Two lifeguards in water

Parks and Recreation to Hold Online Seasonal Hiring Fairs

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, in coordination with the City’s Human Resources Department, will offer two online hiring fairs for more than 350 spring and summer seasonal positions. The fairs will be held on Tuesday, January 25 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Read More

January 10, 2022 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!

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January 03, 2022 Photo of Parks and Recreation Director Hashim Taylor

City of Cedar Rapids Welcomes Hashim Taylor as New Parks and Recreation Director

The City of Cedar Rapids has named Hashim Taylor as the City’s new Parks and Recreation Director. In his new role, Taylor will provide leadership and direction to the Parks and Recreation department staff, overseeing parks, recreation, forestry, golf, aquatics, Ushers Ferry, and administration for the department. Read More

December 28, 2021 Snowflakes on a blue background

Important Changes to Snow-Clearing Requirements for Sidewalks Take Effect in Cedar Rapids this Winter

After a storm ends, property owners have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice accumulations. This is reduced from the previous 48 hour timeframe in effect last year. Learn more about changes to the municipal code. Read More

December 22, 2021 Photo of Christmas tree without decorations on the ground

Two Live Tree Disposal Sites Open

The Parks and Recreation Department has opened two sites for disposal of live Christmas trees. Trees can be disposed of at the Sac & Fox trail parking lot, Bertram Road and Wilder Drive SE, or at Prairie Park Fishery, 2125 Otis Rd SE. 

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December 22, 2021 City recycling truck picks up a CURBY cart

Holiday Garbage Collection Refresher

There will be NO DELAY in garbage collection during the weeks of the Christmas and New Year holidays this year. Find some more holiday collection tips. Read More

December 15, 2021 neighborhood-pact-high-winds

Neighborhood P.A.C.T. - Be prepared for high winds.

The City of Cedar Rapids' Neighborhood P.A.C.T. emergency-preparedness initiative has tips to keep safe during high winds. Read More

December 03, 2021 trail-closed-web

Portions of Sac & Fox Trail to Close for Indian Creek Waterway Cleanup

Portions of the Sac & Fox Trail will close beginning Monday, December 13. Contractors will be cleaning up and removing debris and trees damaged in the August 2020 derecho along the Indian Creek waterway. The first section to close is from the Bertram Road railroad bridge (at the confluence of Indian Creek and the Cedar River) to the intersection of the trail with Mount Vernon Road. Read More

December 02, 2021 Broadband project logo

City Encourages Participation in Broadband Analysis

The City of Cedar Rapids has launched a community broadband survey to understand the unique broadband landscape of Cedar Rapids. The project is critical to identifying key issues associated with Internet use for small businesses and residents in Cedar Rapids. The survey can be accessed at https://crgis.cedar-rapids.org/SpeedTest/index.html. A dashboard with results from participants is available at: https://cr-broadband-crgis.hub.arcgis.com/. Read More

November 19, 2021 Police K9 Mac-2021

Cedar Rapids Police Department's K9 Mac to get donation of body armor

Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Mac will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Mac’s vest is sponsored by The Human Society of the United States. Read More

November 17, 2021 CRPD-Santa-Cop-Event

Santa Cop Assists Foster Children with Winter Necessities

The Cedar Rapids Police Protective Charity (CRPPC) is hosting their annual Cops & Kids Santa Cop event on Monday, November 22.  CRPD employees will be shopping with approximately 100 children in our community for winter clothing such as coats, boots and mittens.  This year’s event will focus on families who have foster care and adopted children in their homes.  Read More

November 03, 2021 A Cedar Rapids Utilities customer makes an online bill payment using a smart phone.

City of Cedar Rapids Launches New Secure, Convenient, Online Utility Payment System

An improved payment experience will allow utilities customers to pay faster, more conveniently, and with more options. Read More

November 03, 2021 Alliant Energy LightLine map

ConnectCR Pedestrian Bridge Named Alliant Energy LightLine™

Cedar Rapids City officials, ConnectCR partners and Alliant Energy representatives announced today that the new pedestrian bridge, connecting Czech Village and New Bo, will be named the Alliant Energy LightLine™. The name reflects lights designed on the bridge’s rails and pylon that will be powered by Alliant Energy.  Read More

October 28, 2021 Roy Hesesmann receives the Fuller award beside his wife Karen.

Cedar Rapids Utilities Director Recognized with Fuller Award

Roy Hesemann was honored with the George Warren Fuller Award during the annual conference of the American Water Works Association, Iowa Chapter on Wednesday, October 27 in Cedar Rapids.  Read More

October 28, 2021 Tibi-and-Hall

Cedar Rapids Police Department's K9 Tibi to get donation of body armor

edar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Tibi will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Tibi’s vest is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.”  Read More

October 27, 2021 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County Launch Joint ARPA Application Process

The City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County have launched a joint application process for the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Applications will be accepted from organizations wishing to utilize this funding for projects or services. The online application is available at www.CR-LinnARPA.org Read More

October 26, 2021 Map of Cedar Lake Trail Closure

North Side Portion of Cedar Lake Trail Closed

The southern portion of Cedar Lake Trail was reopened Monday. The northern portion of the trail is now closed and will remain closed for approximately two years for construction of the flood control system. Read More

October 25, 2021 Elo-k9

Cedar Rapids Police Department's K9 Elo to get donation of body armor

Cedar Rapids Police Department’s K9 Elo will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Elo’s vest is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Read More

October 22, 2021 Kirkwood Boulevard Water Tank against the morning sky, the words 'Cedar Rapids' are marked upon the tank.

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NW quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

October 19, 2021 City-Hall-Mural

Cedar Rapids City Council to Appoint City Attorney

Cedar Rapids City Council will vote to appoint Vanessa R. Chavez as the City’s next City Attorney at a special City Council meeting on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.  Read More

October 15, 2021 PD badge

49th Basic Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy Graduation

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce the graduation of the 49th Basic Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy. The Graduation Ceremony was held on October 15, 2021 at Ushers Ferry Lodge. Read More

October 11, 2021 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting event

City Inquiring About Trees That Can be Repurposed for Holiday Use

The City’s Forestry division is seeking fir, pine, or spruce trees that owners intend to remove due to the tree growing too large for the space where it was planted, or not being in good enough health to survive. For the past twenty-five years, trees in this condition have been donated to the City as a Christmas tree for Greene Square. Following the derecho, the list of possible trees has been depleted. The City is inquiring if any trees are available for the lighting this year and over the next few years. Eligible trees must be planned for removal due to circumstances that cannot be remedied, be more than 25 feet in height, and located in a spot that is not difficult to access. Read More

October 08, 2021 snow-buddies-news-thumb

Snow Buddies Program Rollout Continues

The program pairs residents in need of assistance with volunteers who can help clear sidewalks of snow and ice accumulations in the winter. Read More

October 07, 2021 Cedar-Lake-news-image

Cedar Rapids Celebrates Beginning of Cedar Lake Improvements

Cedar Rapids City officials and community partners celebrated a milestone in ConnectCR and Flood Control System work during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday October 7 at 9:30 am. The event recognized the beginning of construction on Cedar Lake improvements -- including both ConnectCR enhancements and a Flood Control levee. Read More

October 05, 2021 PD badge

Cedar Rapids Police Investigators Close 1971 Homicide Cold Case of Maureen Brubaker-Farley

The Cedar Rapids Police Department Cold Case Unit has successfully identified and confirmed suspect George M. Smith in the homicide cold case of Maureen Brubaker-Farley. The body of 17-year old Maureen Brubaker-Farley (DOB 07/04/1954) was found September 24, 1971, in a wooded ravine off Ely Rd SW. Read More

October 05, 2021 12th Avenue Bike Lanes

12th Avenue Lane Reconfiguration

The new configuration accommodates one lane of automobile traffic in each direction and a new permanent bicycle lane in each direction. Read More

September 29, 2021 Cat and dog standing by pumpkin

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Spooktacular October Adoption Special

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control has dogs and cats waiting to help you celebrate the spookiest month of all! From October 1-31, 2021, you can find the pet of your dreams and pay just $50 -- a fraction of the normal adoption fee. Read More

September 28, 2021 Cedar-Lake-news-image

Cedar Lake Groundbreaking Event October 7, 2021

City officials and community partners will mark a milestone in ConnectCR and Flood Control System work during a groundbreaking on Thursday, October 7, 2021. The event will celebrate the beginning of construction on Cedar Lake improvements -- including both ConnectCR enhancements and a Flood Control levee. Read More

September 28, 2021 Coffee-with-a-Cop-logo

Cedar Rapids Police Department Hosts Coffee with a Cop October 6, 2021

The Cedar Rapids Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Dash Coffee, 120 3rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. All community members are invited to attend this informal event to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Read More

September 23, 2021 ReLeaf Cedar Rapids logo

ReLeaf Cedar Rapids Makes Progress on Tree Plantings

The City has received eleven grants, for a total of $55,000 from the 2021 Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program (Derecho CFGP). The funds will be used to plant over 400 trees in October and November at multiple public property locations. The plantings will be completed as part of a collaboration between parks and forestry crews, in partnership with community groups including Eagle/Boy Scouts, neighborhood associations, college sports teams and clubs, and other volunteer groups.  Read More

September 20, 2021 CAPRA logo

City of Cedar Rapids Earns National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  Read More

September 20, 2021 CR Community Climate Action logo

City of Cedar Rapids Shares Community Climate Action Plan at Open House Event

The event will be held Tuesday, September 21 under the main entrance awning of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library from 4–6 p.m. Read More

September 17, 2021 Flood Control System logo

Floodwall and Floodgate Installation Begin in Czech Village

Starting Monday, September 20, construction will begin in the Czech Village District on a rolling floodgate at 16th Avenue SW. This work extends flood control measures already completed in this area, which includes an earthen flood levee that stretches from the Linn County Solid Waste Agency to 16th Avenue SW. Read More

September 16, 2021 flags-news-image

City of Cedar Rapids Unveiling New City Flag Selected By Community

The City of Cedar Rapids will unveil the new city flag selected by residents on September 18, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Cedar Rapids Public Library downtown location main lobby area. Read More

September 03, 2021 downtown skyline

Atchison Consulting Releases After Action Report of City of Cedar Rapids Derecho Response

The City of Cedar Rapids contracted with Atchison Consulting to provide a strategic, third-party review of the City of Cedar Rapids response to the derecho. Through data collection, analysis, and engagement efforts, the “After Action Report,” or AAR allows the City to understand disaster response strengths and areas for improvements. Read More

August 31, 2021 Road-construction-closed-sign

City Monitoring Flood Stage

The Cedar River is projected to crest below minor flood stage, with no impacts anticipated for the general public. Read More

August 27, 2021 Exterior field photo at Tait Cummins Softball Complex

Cedar Rapids to Host Pohnpei Liberation Day Tournament

The City of Cedar Rapids will host 55 softball teams with players from the South Pacific islands including Guam, Hawaii, and the Federated States of Micronesia. A tournament celebrating Pohnpei Liberation Day, an official holiday in the Micronesian state of Pohnpei, will be held September 4 and 5, with opening ceremonies held on September 3. Read More

August 25, 2021 A water tank marked with the words Cedar Rapids cuts across an empty sky

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the SW quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

August 22, 2021 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

August 19, 2021 Photo of Five Seasons Plaza Park

Public Invited to ReLeaf Update and Tree Care Workshop Series

The City of Cedar Rapids and Trees Forever invite the public to participate in a ReLeaf Plan Update on Wednesday, August 25, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Whipple Auditorium at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Avenue SE. Tree care workshops for homeowners will follow on August 30, 31 and September 16. Read More

August 12, 2021 Tree-Close-Up

City Invites Public Input as Part of Visual Arts Master Plan

The City of Cedar Rapids invites public input in the creation of a Visual Arts Master Plan. The Visual Arts Master Plan will use input from residents and stakeholders to define a vision for the City’s public art program. Read More

August 06, 2021 tree logo

Art Project Offers Healing, Reflection After Derecho

The community is invited to join with friends, family, and neighbors for a special art event that brings together creativity and mental health awareness. Read More

August 06, 2021 Image showing the area beneath the surface of the street where a water line connects the water main and a residential property.

City Seeks Property Owners' Assistance Updating Water Service-Line Records

An updated citywide inventory is required under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s recently revised Lead-Copper rule. To better manage resources and costs, the CRWD is asking for help from residents and business owners to identify private water service-line material. Read More

August 05, 2021 tree logo

American Rescue Plan Act Funding Allocation

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with the Housing Fund for Linn County, announced today plans for allocating $1 million of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) toward the PATCH housing program.  Read More

August 03, 2021 Rendering of COVID-19 virus with RNA strand in background

City Modifies Protocols Following Updated CDC Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control signifies the Linn County area has a high level of community transmission of COVID-19. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, all visitors to City-owned buildings will be required to wear a mask while inside the building. Read More

July 29, 2021 Old MacDonald's Farm Barn

Old MacDonald's Farm Schedule Change

Due to lower staffing levels, the hours at Old MacDonald’s Farm will change beginning Sunday, August 1. The farm will be closed on Sundays for the remainder of the season and operate on Monday and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. only. It will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as previously scheduled.  Read More

July 28, 2021 flags-news-image

City of Cedar Rapids Asks Residents to Select New City Flag

The City of Cedar Rapids invites Cedar Rapids residents to help pick a new city flag. Residents can visit CityofCR.com/cityflag to view the four designs, read the symbolism descriptions, and rank their top choices. Community ranking will be open through August 31, 2021. The top choice selected by residents will become the new official Cedar Rapids city flag. Read More

July 22, 2021 City-Hall-Sign

Call for Artist Qualifications for Five Seasons Parking Ramp Mural

The City of Cedar Rapids and Advocates for Social Justice invite area artists to help create a mural on the Five Seasons Parking Ramp (400 1st Avenue NE) that celebrates Cedar Rapids’ diverse community and highlights themes of social and racial justice. Read More

July 20, 2021 Man using outdoor exercise equipment

Free Fitness Classes Offered at Jones Park FitLot

The Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with AARP, is offering free classes at the FitLot in Jones Park, 201 Wilson Avenue Drive SW. Three types of classes are being offered to teach residents of all ages and abilities how to use the equipment and to encourage them to exercise. While the classes are free, participants must register at Eventbrite.com. Read More

July 16, 2021 Flood Control System logo

1st Avenue Floodgate Construction Begins

Construction on the 1st Avenue East floodgate is anticipated to begin on Monday, July 19, 2021. Designed to protect to the 2008 flood volume, the gate will be a roller gate similar to the one already completed on 16th Avenue SE in NewBo. The 1st Avenue floodgate is scheduled to be completed in 2022. Read More

July 16, 2021 Paws-for-the-Holidays - dog and cat in Santa hats

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Christmas in July Adoption Special

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control has dogs and cats dreaming of the holiday season. Little do they know that Christmas is coming early! From July 17-30, 2021, you can find the pet of your dreams and pay just a fraction of the normal adoption fee. Cat and dog adoptions are just $50.00. Read More

July 13, 2021 Row of historic residential homes

Bever Woods Neighborhood Considered for National Register

A SE-side neighborhood is being considered for the National Register of Historic Places. Read More

July 13, 2021 Derecho Anniversary_News

Residents Invited to Commemorate Derecho Anniversary at Event in Bever Park

Residents are invited to a free event on August 10, 2021 to commemorate the impact the derecho had on our city and residents, and celebrate coming together to support each other during a disaster. Join City leaders, staff and first responders at Bever Park Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. for a tree planting ceremony, followed by free lunch and interactive activities. Read More

July 07, 2021 A group collects litter using the City Manager's 1-Bag Challenge mint green bags

Cedar Rapids Residents Smash Litter-collection Record

Resident volunteers, City staff, and contracted workers nearly doubled the previous litter collection record by taking the City Manager's 1-Bag Challenge in 2020–21. Read More

July 01, 2021 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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July 01, 2021 tree logo

In Person Payments No Longer Available Inside City Buildings

Following the success of residents moving to alternate payment methods while City buildings have been closed due to the pandemic, the City of Cedar Rapids payment windows will remain closed when buildings open to the public on July 6, 2021. Read More

June 29, 2021 Photo of sign at Hughes Park

Hughes Park Closed Through October

Hughes Park, 2100 Wilson Ave SW, will be closed through October for construction. The next stage of park development will include adding a primary trail, outdoor classroom, birding station, nature themed play areas, ballfield, and an open air pavilion. Additional improvements include prairie landscaping, educational markers, and electrical service. Read More

June 22, 2021 Gator bag for watering around tree

City Urges Watering of Young Trees

The City of Cedar Rapids urges residents to water young trees due to drought conditions. More than 230 new right-of-way trees have been planted this spring and early summer in conjunction with the Growing Futures program. In addition, approximately 6,000 trees were planted privately through adoption programs since August. Trees five years and younger are especially susceptible to dry conditions and need five to ten gallons of water every week. Read More

June 17, 2021 A water tank marked with the words Cedar Rapids cuts across an empty sky

Cedar Rapids 2020 Water Quality Report Available

The City of Cedar Rapids' annual Water Quality Report provides a comprehensive look at the past year’s drinking water quality. Read More

June 16, 2021 CR Community Climate Action logo

Cedar Rapids Seeks Community Input for Climate Action Plan

Public input events will take place June 18–26. Read More

June 15, 2021 People swimming at Bever Pool

Bever Pool to Open June 27

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department plans to open Bever Pool, 2700 Bever Ave SE, on Sunday, June 27. The pool will be open afternoons from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. for lap swim and water walking, and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for open swim through August 6. Read More

June 12, 2021 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Lifted

The City of Cedar Rapids is lifting the precautionary water advisory for all customers in the NE quadrant previously affected. Final testing confirmed water is safe for personal consumption. Read More

June 09, 2021 Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course overlooking Twin Pines Golf Course

Mini Pines to Host Grand Opening Friday

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, June 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. as it opens Mini Pines, a new miniature golf course. Mini Pines is an 18-hole, lighted course, located at 3800 42nd Street NE, next to Twin Pines Golf Course. Read More

June 04, 2021 RR for web

Rollin' Recmobile Begins Schedule on June 7

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s Rollin’ Recmobile will begin its summer schedule on Monday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m. The Recmobile will bring recreation equipment, games and staff to lead activities to thirteen parks each week this summer. Read More

May 28, 2021 Families playing near the frog slide and water playground at Noelridge Aquatic Center

Noelridge Aquatic Center to Open Saturday

The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin tomorrow with pre-season swimming at Noelridge Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 29; Sunday, May 30; and Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day). Lap swim will be held from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. each day and open swim from 1:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Monday.  Read More

May 27, 2021 Children playing at a Cedar Rapids splash pad

Splash Pads Open This Weekend

Splash pads located in Cedar Rapids parks will open for the season on Saturday, May 29. Water is turned on at 9:00 a.m. each day and turned off at 9:00 p.m. Read More

May 27, 2021 Reed Park Story Walk wb

Reed Park Story Path Opens June 3

The City of Cedar Rapids, in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids Public Library, and Taylor Area Neighborhood Association, will open a new story walk at Reed Park, 618 7th Avenue SW, on Thursday, June 3 from 2:00 -3:30 p.m. A story researched and written by fourth and fifth grade students at the Cedar River Academy at Taylor is featured first. Read More

May 27, 2021 Flood Control System logo

Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Czech Village Reopens

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail through the Czech Village District has reopened, following a closure associated with flood control work currently underway. Read More

May 26, 2021 Flood Control System logo

Update on Downtown Flood Control Projects

Work continues to move forward on a variety of flood control initiatives in the downtown. Read the latest project updates.  Read More

May 21, 2021 Old-MacDonalds-Farm-Logo_website

Visitor at Old MacDonald's Farm Diagnosed with Cryptosporidium

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department was notified that a visitor to Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park was diagnosed with cryptosporidium. Any potential risk is limited to those who visited Old MacDonald’s Farm on Monday, May 10 or Tuesday, May 11 only, and who were in the calf pen, touched feces and then touched their mouth. Read More

May 20, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Mayor Brad Hart Lifts Cedar Rapids Mask Mandate

To comply with the newly enacted state law formally removing local control of mask requirements, the City of Cedar Rapids’ mask mandate has been rescinded. Private businesses continue to have the right to require masks within their locations. Read More

May 18, 2021 tree logo

City of Cedar Rapids Facilities Opening to the Public July 6

Cedar Rapids City facilities currently closed to the public due to the pandemic will open beginning July 6. Follow the link for more details. Read More

May 14, 2021 Photo of a tree stump

Residents Asked to Remove Planters in the Right-of-Way for Stump Removal

City of Cedar Rapids staff will start grinding right-of-way stumps on a large scale beginning Monday, May 17. This applies to stumps left behind after the removal of a street tree. The City requests that residents remove rocks, bricks, and stone planters, etc. from around the stumps as well as any ornamental plantings that the resident wants to keep. Read More

May 13, 2021 Two lifeguards in water

City Needs Forty-Five Lifeguards to Operate Neighborhood Pools

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is actively recruiting staff to operate pools, golf courses and recreation programs this summer. In order to operate Bever, Jones and Ellis Pools, the City must hire 45 lifeguards in addition to those already hired to operate Noelridge and Cherry Hill Aquatic Centers. The City has increased lifeguard starting wages to $12.00 per hour to be more competitive with other businesses also seeking to hire summer staff Read More

May 06, 2021 city-news-graphic

City of Cedar Rapids Offers Business and Community Kickstart Program

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with the Kirkwood Small Business Development Center, has launched the Business and Community Kickstart Program (BACK Cedar Rapids). BACK Cedar Rapids provides funding and resources for technical assistance to small businesses recovering from pandemic and derecho related challenges. Read More

May 06, 2021 Logo for volunteer program

Volunteers Sought for Derecho Community Outreach

The City of Cedar Rapids is leading an effort to identify remaining obstacles residents are facing in derecho recovery and help refer them to available resources.Volunteers are being sought to help with this assessment process.  Read More

May 03, 2021 COVID-19 Update

Mayor Brad Hart Modifies Cedar Rapids Mask Mandate

In order to provide consistency with the most recent CDC guidelines, Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart has modified the mask mandate in place for the City of Cedar Rapids. Read More

April 28, 2021 A restored oxbow near Morgan Creek Park

City of Cedar Rapids Earns $7 Million Funding Agreement for Watershed Work

The City will be the lead partner on the Cedar River Source Water Partnership (CRSWP), which earned USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Project funding on Monday. Read More

April 27, 2021 tree logo

Community Resources Remain Available for Derecho Assistance

The City of Cedar Rapids and community nonprofit partners remain committed to making resources available to residents following the August 10, 2020 derecho. Resources are still available for housing repairs, funding gaps, tree debris removal, and other community needs. 

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April 22, 2021 3rd street aerial

Cedar Rapids and Linn County Partner on Community Resilience Project

The City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County are collaborating with surrounding communities and numerous service providers in a county-wide Community Resilience Project.  Read More

April 21, 2021 Noelridge Aquatic Center

Aquatics Staff Needed for Cedar Rapids Pools

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department urges individuals interested in summer employment to stop by Noelridge Pool on Tuesday, April 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Staff from the department will discuss job openings at pools, answer questions about the hiring process, and conduct interviews. Individuals will be able to complete applications at the site. Read More

April 20, 2021 City-Hall-Sign

Recreational Vehicles Permitted to Serve as Temporary Housing

As the community continues to rebuild following the storm event on August 10, 2020, 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 completing home repairs. Read More

April 19, 2021 Mobile CR smart phone application

Mobile CR update is available for download on Google Play and iOS App Store

Mobile CR is a completely redesigned Cedar Rapids mobile app experience from the City of Cedar Rapids. Read More

April 12, 2021 urbandreams

Urban Dreams Provides Food and Employment Services to Residents in Need

Urban Dreams and the City of Cedar Rapids are elated to announce a new community food pantry opening on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Urban Dream’s Ladd Library location. The food pantry will be open regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. to serve those in need throughout Cedar Rapids and Linn County.  Read More

April 05, 2021 Tree-Close-Up

Call for Artists for Cedar Valley Nature Trail Murals

The City of Cedar Rapids has announced a call for artists to submit proposals for two murals along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  Read More

April 01, 2021 Flood Control System logo

1st Street NE Storm Sewer Flood Improvements Begin

Starting Monday, April 5, 2021, storm sewer improvements will be underway on 1st Street NE, between A Avenue NE and 1st Avenue East, as part of the City’s permanent flood control system. Read More

April 01, 2021 Paving-for-Progress-sign

2021 Paving for Progress Season Gets Underway

The 2021 Paving for Progress construction season is kicking off, with almost 40 projects planned for this construction season, including residential, collectors, and main arterial roads. Read More

April 01, 2021 Solar glasspanels

Happy Earth  Month!

Celebrate Earth Day — all month long — with the City of Cedar Rapids. Read More

March 30, 2021 leaf vacuum truck

Spring Leaf Vacuum Collection Starts April 5

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

March 23, 2021 Summer Pool Plan Graphic

City of Cedar Rapids Plans Summer Pool Operations

The City of Cedar Rapids is proceeding with plans to open pools this summer with modifications made to follow health guidelines. Noelridge Aquatic Center is scheduled to open for Memorial Day weekend, May 29 through May 31. A special kick-off evening swim at Noelridge and Cherry Hill Aquatic Centers will be held on Friday, June 4, with daily operations beginning on June 5. Bever, Jones and Ellis Pools will open the last week of June, during the afternoons only. This aligns with the City’s traditional practice of phasing pool openings and allows time to assess operations at the aquatic centers and make adjustments prior to all five pools being opened for daily use. Read More

March 09, 2021 My-CR-News-Web

City Launches New My CR Online Customer Service Reporting Tool and Mobile App, Mobile CR

The City of Cedar Rapids is unveiling My CR, a new online reporting tool that allows residents and visitors to request services, ask questions and report non-emergency issues to the City. Residents can access My CR from the City’s website or through the City’s new Mobile CR smart phone app. Read More

March 03, 2021 City-Hall-Sign - Copy

Permit Process Supports Outdoor Service Area

Permit applications are once again available this year, and would apply to establishments such as restaurants, bars, retail, and fitness centers. Examples of outdoor services could include patio dining or merchandise display. Read More

March 03, 2021 Tree-Vets

Apply to Serve on a City Board or Commission

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 25, 2021 ReLeaf Cedar Rapids logo

ReLeaf Kick-Off Meeting to be Held March 9

A Public Kick-Off event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, to seek input regarding reforestation efforts in Cedar Rapids. The virtual meeting is the first part of the ReLeaf Cedar Rapids planning process. Registration for the meeting is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3-UeQcLkQaK7WK4i12jAJQ. Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 9. Read More

February 18, 2021 State of the City-News Graphic

Cedar Rapids State of the City Address Now Available Online

The 2021 Cedar Rapids State of the City presented by Mayor Brad Hart is now available on a special State of the City website. The website features a video message by Mayor Hart and League of Women Voters, as well as photos, information, and updates on a large number of past and upcoming City initiatives and projects. Read More

February 16, 2021 Home being relocated

Building Services Department Offers Repair Tips

The Building Services Department recognizes that many property owners are still working on repairs to their homes or businesses following the derecho, and offers tips and reminders on finding a reputable contractor and navigating the permit process. Read More

February 16, 2021 CRB_News

Citizen Review Board Applications Open through May 31, 2021

Applications are currently being accepted for residents interested in serving on the City of Cedar Rapids Citizen Review Board (CRB). The purpose of the CRB is to ensure fair and professional law enforcement that is constitutional, effective, and responsive to the standards, values, and needs of those to be served. Read More

February 11, 2021 Invitation to take Jones Park Survey

Public Input Sought on Jones Park

The City of Cedar Rapids has started to collect input from the public on repurposing Jones Golf Course. Feedback is sought on park features and initial improvements that can be made in the upcoming fiscal year, from July 2021 to June 2022. This early request for input, and the improvement projects identified, are the first part of a comprehensive strategic planning process for Jones Park. For this initial phase, the City will focus on short-term projects that can be implemented within the next two years. These projects allow for faster development of park improvements that have a limited impact in the overall park layout, which will require a longer planning effort. Read More

February 10, 2021 City-Hall-Mural

FY 22 Proposed Budget

Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz presented City Council Members with his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 at a special council meeting on February 8.  The proposed budget serves to allocate resources and establish a direction for the City’s programs and services for the coming year.  Read More

February 09, 2021 ReLeaf Cedar Rapids logo

Next Step Taken in Reforestation Efforts

The City of Cedar Rapids is taking the next step in reforestation efforts with a proposal to fund the planning for ReLeaf Cedar Rapids on the City Council agenda today. ReLeaf Cedar Rapids is an initiative to guide and implement the reforestation of Cedar Rapids on behalf of, and with, both the community and the City. Planting efforts are already underway and will continue throughout 2021 and beyond, prior to the full completion of the plan which is scheduled for this fall. Read More

February 08, 2021 City of Cedar Rapids - Mask Mandate

Mask Mandate Remains in Effect

Residents, businesses, and visitors are reminded that the mask mandates previously put in place by the City of Cedar Rapids, the Linn County Board of Health, and the Linn County Board of Supervisors are still in effect in Linn County. 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 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 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 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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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 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 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 15, 2020 water being poured into a glass from a pitcher

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 13, 2020 Two lifeguards in water

City Needs Forty-Five Lifeguards to Operate Neighborhood Pools

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is actively recruiting staff to operate pools, golf courses and recreation programs this summer. In order to operate Bever, Jones and Ellis Pools, the City must hire 45 lifeguards in addition to those already hired to operate Noelridge and Cherry Hill Aquatic Centers. The City has increased lifeguard starting wages to $12.00 per hour to be more competitive with other businesses also seeking to hire summer staff. 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 time-lapse 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 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