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CRFD Cares Open House

On Sunday, May 19, from 1 - 3 p.m., our Firefighters will open the doors at Central Fire Station for a CRFD Cares Open House.

This free, family-friendly event at Central Fire includes self-guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for kids.

In partnership with Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control, participants are invited to bring pet supplies and donations for use at the City's animal shelter.

Click the button below for more details on the event and suggested donation items.

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Spring Solid Waste Reminders

There will be NO Solid waste collection on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Collection will be on a one-day delay all week.

Spring is here! The Solid Waste & Recycling division reminds residents that YARDY carts can be used year-round to collect yard waste, such as leaves and twigs, as well as some food compost, such as fruit and vegetable peelings.

We also encourage everyone to recycle items such as paper, cardboard, and certain plastics. However, please do NOT put glass, plastic bags, or Styrofoam in your CURBY recycling cart. Styrofoam is always a garbage item, and plastic bags are either garbage or can be recycled at certain stores like Target and Hy-Vee. Glass can be collected for recycling but must be separated into its own container, no larger than a 5 gallon bucket, and placed next to your CURBY.

For more information on solid waste, visit or call 319-286-5897.

Noelridge Aquatic Center Opens for Memorial Day Weekend Swimming

The Cedar Rapids municipal pool swimming season will begin Memorial Day weekend with pre-season swimming at Noelridge Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 25; Sunday, May 26; and Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day). Lap swims will be held from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. each day and open swims from 1-5 p.m.

Noelridge Aquatic Center will be open for daily swimming starting Saturday, June 1. Due to rainy weather, painting was delayed at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center, so it will open for daily swimming starting Monday, June 3, not June 1, as previously scheduled. Also, due to altered school schedules because of makeup days, Noelridge and Cherry Hill will not open for afternoon lap and open swims Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7. They will open that week for evening programs (lap and open swims and swim lessons). Bever and Jones Pools will be open Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, and then reopen Saturday, June 8 for daily swimming. Ellis Pool will open Saturday, June 8. Daily schedules for regular season swimming will vary by pool. The schedules are available on the City’s website:

Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Summer Swim Passes and punch cards are available for purchase. Season passes provide admission to Water Exercise classes and Open, Family, Adult, and daily Lap Swims as age appropriate. The passes are valid May 20, 2024, through September 2, 2024. Go to for more information on passes and the season dates for each pool. Punch cards may be used by an individual, a group, or transferred to another person for any age-appropriate public swim and water exercise class. The cost is $87. No photo is required. The passes expire on the 20th punch. All passes may be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the City Services Center, Northwest Recreation Center, or at any of the outdoor pools when they are open.

City Council Meeting Schedule


City Council meetings are being held in-person at City Hall. Meetings will remain available for viewing on the City’s Facebook page, with agendas and indexed videos posted here.


May 28: 4 p.m.

June 11: Noon

June 25: 4 p.m.

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Stream Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell's State of the City Address Thursday, May 23

Didn't catch tickets to the Mayor's State of the address? Stream the event live from our Facebook page next Thursday at Noon.

Watch as Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell presents Iowa Hawkeye Hannah Stuelke with a key to the City, and provides a variety of announcements related to community and connection in Cedar Rapids.

A recording of the live stream will be saved to the page after the event. Visit our Facebook page by clicking the green button.


Grilling Safety Tips

Grilling season is here! Unfortunately, so are calls for service related to outdoor cooking fires.

Earlier this month, we received our third call of the season for a home fire started by an unattended grill. All three have created serious damage and in one case, fire spread to a neighboring home causing considerable damage to two homes.

ANY outdoor cooking activity has the chance to affect your home and structures around you. Grilling, smoking, BBQ, backyard Hibachi, and recreational campfires can all spread quickly. Caution, vigilance and preparedness are keys to a safe and tasty meal.

  • Maintain all cooking devices in clean, serviceable condition
  • Keep all heat sources away from your home or any other structure.
  • At least three feet for a grill. 20 or more feet for a recreational fire.
  • Never leave an active heat source unattended.
  • Keep an extinguisher or water source at-hand.
  • Clean your grill regularly, including the cooking well and drip pan. These areas can flare-up and create large, uncontrolled fires in the blink of an eye.
  • Coals must be COLD-OUT before disposing of them. Soak them overnight in water, place them in a sealed metal container before setting them out for garbage pickup.

The number of GARBY/YARDY cart fires caused by improper coal disposal is surprising. Many of them extend to nearby homes or garages. At the current price for a tasty T-bone, you don't want to lose your dinner or your home to a fire.

Stay safe.

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It's Stormwater Season

When water that originates as rainfall or snowmelt, called stormwater, lands on hard surfaces like roofs, driveways, and sidewalks, it flows directly into streams and rivers instead of soaking into the ground.

This stormwater can pick up pollutants and contaminants from surfaces as it makes its way toward our creeks and rivers. Water in the storm sewer system is not treated for pollutants before it enters our waterways. The City of Cedar Rapids has a goal of improving stormwater quality and reducing stormwater quantity. All property owners in Cedar Rapids are encouraged to play their part in being good environmental stewards.

The City's Stormwater Cost-Share Program reimburses 50 percent of qualifying expenses toward stormwater best-management practices, which can include the cost of materials and/or contractor labor, with a maximum of $2,000 per project for residential properties. Find out more at


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