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Monthly Video Feature: Prison Dog Training, SHOUT Program, and more

Iowa City In Focus brings the people, places, and projects of Iowa City into clear view. This monthly video feature spotlights the community through in-depth storytelling. Click the play-button below to watch the entire video or select the individual images to skip to specific topics.

Iowa City In Focus

Prison Dog Training Program  

Prison Dog Training Program

Get an inside look at how prison inmates are helping teach obedience to dogs from the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.

SHOUT Program

Watch to see how students are stepping up to increase safety in the ped mall during the late night hours.

  SHOUT Program

Longfellow Neighborhood  

 Know Your Neighborhood

Take an in-depth look at the unique features and history that makes the Longfellow neighborhood an exciting place to live.

Leaf Vacuum Program 

Learn how you can stop bagging leaves by taking advantage of this unique program.

  Leaf Vacuum

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Leaf Vacuum Schedule October 17 - October 23, 2017

Iowa City’s Streets Division is anticipating that leaf crews will be able to get to one or one and a half zones each day for the first few weeks of the program. 

Crews will not go back for missed piles of leaves. Make sure your leaves are accessible to crews and free of parked cars. To guarantee pick up, have all of your leaves at the curb by 7 a.m. on the first day your zone is scheduled.   

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Completing Zone #6 + Entering Zone #7
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Entering Zones #1 & #2
  • Thursday, Oct.19 - Completing Zone #2 + Entering Zone #3
  • Friday, Oct. 20 – Completing Zone #3 + Entering Zone #4
  • Monday, Oct. 23 –Completing Zone #4 & Entering Zone #5

The leaf schedule will be updated daily and is subject to change. To receive updates via e-mail, visit and subscribe under “Service Notices.”

For more information about Iowa City's Leaf Vacuum Program, including a zone map, instructions on how to prepare leaves, and other helpful reminders, visit

Video Update: STEAM Sculpture, Leaf Vacuum and more

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include a new STEAM installation, the leaf vacuum program and more. Click the image below to watch Iowa City Update

Iowa City Update

STEAM Sculpture

Discover how this new interactive display is giving kids the chance to enjoy the art with more than just their eyes.

Riverfront Crossings Park Grant

This park in progress was just awarded a big grant that will help fund a nature play area.

Leaf Vacuum Program

Watch to learn how you can take advantage of this unique service that the City offers to residents every fall.

Ped Mall Meeting

Learn how you can participate in a public meeting that will review the design enhancement and construction phasing for the Pedestrian Mall Improvements Project.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Celebrate Halloween with the Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department

Cedar Rapids, IA – Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is offering several special Halloween events during the month of October that will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. Events include Safe Halloween for Kids, Harvest Hayrack Night, Spooky Swim and the annual Special Populations Halloween Dance.

Two more “Harvest Hayrack Nights” will be held on Wednesday, October 18 and October 25. Families will enjoy fall fun including hayrack rides, drinking hot cocoa around a bonfire, and making crafts. An earlier program called “Sunset Pumpkins” will be offered from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for families with young children with early bedtimes (older children are welcome, too). The later session, “Night Owls,” will be offered from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The fee per evening for each program is $6/child (2-12 years), $9/adult and free admission for those under age 2.

The popular “Safe Halloween for Kids” will also be held at Ushers Ferry on Sunday, October 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This old-fashioned Halloween event includes trick-or-treating, games and costume contests. Admission is $7 per trick-or-treater. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required.

Swimmers, ages 5-14, may want to celebrate Halloween with a splash at the annual “Spooky Swim” at Bender Pool on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. In addition to enjoying fun games and swimming, participants will receive a bag of treats as they leave. Admission is $6 per participant at the door. Swim passes are not accepted.

The 26th annual “Special Populations Halloween Dance” co-sponsored with the ARC of East Central Iowa will be held Friday, October 27 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend and wear a costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Admission is $5 per person at the door.

Call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, 319-286-5566, or go to for more information about these programs.

Fire Hydrant Flushing in Coralville

The City of Coralville Water Department will flush fire hydrants throughout Coralville starting in mid-October. Crews will begin in the northeast part of Coralville, east of 12th Avenue and north of Interstate 80, starting on October 17. Hydrant flushing is expected to last until mid November, weather permitting.

As a result of hydrant flushing, residents in the vicinity may notice water running down the street, or a temporary discoloration of their water which does not affect the water safety. In the event of discolored water, run cold water from a faucet until the water clears.

Hydrant flushing is an annual water system maintenance practice that moves water through the pipelines fast enough to remove sediment, and allows the City to service fire hydrants and check water pressure. For more information, please contact the Coralville Water Department at 319.248.1770 or the Utility Billing Department at 319.248.1715.


STEAM mural ribbon cutting event

When engineers and artists work together they can achieve especially impressive outcomes. Iowa City Parks and Recreation staff will unveil a new mural, based around the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr. Light refreshments will be served and the public is encouraged to attend.

This project is a collaboration between Iowa City Parks and Recreation, Artist Jo Myers-Walker and the University of Iowa College of Engineering NEXUS Program.

Traffic to be Impacted by Bridge Inspections

Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, October 16, 2017, inspections will occur on bridges in Iowa City located over the Iowa River.  This work will necessitate various lane reductions as detailed below. 

Monday, October 16th 

Park Road – westbound traffic reduced to one lane of traffic
Burlington Street – eastbound traffic reduced to two lanes of traffic 

Tuesday, October 17th 

Iowa Avenue – westbound traffic reduced to one lane of traffic
Benton Street – eastbound traffic reduced to one lane of traffic
McCollister Boulevard – reduced to one lane of alternating traffic, flaggers will be on site

Motorists are to take note of this work and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas. 

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City,

Reminder: For leaf vacuum collection, all leaves must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste & Recycling Division will continue every-other-week leaf vacuum collection through Dec. 8 weather permitting.

The leaf collection schedule is based on which quadrant a customer lives in. One week, leaves will be collected from the south quadrants; the following week, leaves will be collected from the north quadrants. For residents located in the northwest (NW) and southwest (SW) quadrants, all leaves must be raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on Mondays. For residents located in the northeast (NE) and southeast (SE) quadrants, all leaves must be raked to the curb by 7 a.m. on Wednesdays.

A calendar is available at to help customers identify which weeks their leaves will be collected. Customers can also call the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at (319) 286-5897 to determine their collection week. To ensure residents always know when leaves will be collected, all customers are encouraged to sign up for garbage and recycling text or email alerts at

2017 Fall Loose Leaf Vacuum Collection Schedule

For Solid Waste & Recycling Customers living in the SW & NW quadrants, all leaves must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on their respective Monday.

For Solid Waste & Recycling Customers living in SE & NE quadrants, all leaves must be at the curb by 7 a.m. on their respective Wednesday.

Oct. 16

SW Addresses

Oct. 18

SE Addresses

Oct. 23

NW Addresses

Oct. 25

NE Addresses

Oct. 30

SW Addresses

Nov. 1

SE Addresses

Nov. 6

NW Addresses

Nov. 8

NE Addresses

Nov. 13

SW Addresses

Nov. 15

SE Addresses

Nov. 20

NW Addresses

Nov. 22

NE Addresses

Nov. 27

SW Addresses

Nov. 29

SE Addresses

Dec. 4

NW Addresses

Dec. 6

NE Addresses