Traffic Alert – N. Riverside Drive

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, travel on north-bound N. Riverside Drive will be closed between Highway 6 and River Street beginning on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

South-bound N. Riverside Drive will be maintained, along with access to University properties. 

This closure will facilitate concrete street repair work. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by Monday, June 27. 


Traffic Control for Freedom Festival Balloon Glow

Cedar RapidsCEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival will be holding the Freedom Festival Balloon Glow on Saturday, June 18, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m.

The following streets will be closed for the event from 8:00 a.m. (set up time) until 10:00 p.m.(tear down complete):

  • Victoria Drive SW (east side) from Wilson Avenue Drive to 26th Avenue Drive
  • Teresa Drive SW (east side) from Wilson Avenue Drive to 29th Avenue Drive
  • Evelyn Drive SW (east/north side) from 27th Avenue Drive to Teresa Drive
  • Lauren Drive SW (east/south side) from Wilson Avenue Drive to Deborah Drive.
  • Deborah Drive SW (west/south side) from Wilson Ave Dr SW to Lauren Drive.
  • Fruitland Boulevard SW (west & east sides) from Wilson Avenue Dr to the park entrance
  • 26th Avenue Drive SW (north side) from Bowling Street to Teresa Drive
  • 27th Avenue Drive SW (north side) from Bowling Street to Teresa Drive
  • 29th Avenue Dr SW (both sides) from Bowling St to Parkview Pavilion Road (park entrance)

“No Parking/Tow Away” zones will be enforced on these streets from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. per Municipal Code Sections 61.094 and 61.094A. Guests of the Balloon Glow are encouraged to park at the Kirkwood Continuing Education Center, 101 50th Avenue SW, where a shuttle service will be utilized. For information on the Balloon Glow and additional parking information, please visit https://www.freedomfestival.com/events/balloon-glow-great-american-kites/.


News and Notes from the City of Coralville, June 17, 2022

Upcoming Events

Check out the upcoming events, meetings, and performances at the City of Coralville. Highlights include:

  • Craft to Go for Adults (June 22)
  • Meetings: Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board (June 27), City Council (June 28), Arts Commission (July 5), Library Board of Trustees (July 6), Planning and Zoning (July 6)
  • 4thFest (July 1-4)
  • Holiday trash schedule in effect (July 4-8)

Learn About 5th Street Improvements

Open house in City Hall

Monday, June 20  |  5:00-6:30 pm

5th Street will be getting a facelift from 12th Avenue to 20th Avenue, and the City would like community input.

Attend an open house to learn about draft plans and give feedback about street improvements, lighting, overwide sidewalks, and stormwater treatment opportunities.  Also included are plans for exciting, vibrant, interactive spaces on the lawns at the Library, City Hall, and S.T. Morrison Park.  5th Street improvements open house

 

Shop the Block Coralville

Sales, live music, door prizes, & refreshments

Thursday, June 16  |  4:30-6:30 pm

Discover hidden gems and deals at small businesses in Coralville! Check in at the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue, grab a Shop the Block passport, and visit all participating businesses for a chance to win a door prize. This event is an initiative of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership. 

 

Free Community Meal

At the Coralville Public Library

Friday, June 17  |  5:30-7:30 pm

Get your kebab on! All are welcome to enjoy a delicious free community meal curated and prepared by a team of community chefs.  The meal will be held on the front lawn of the Coralville Public Library, complete with music and activities for all ages to enjoy

 

Juneteenth in Coralville

Free, family-friendly celebration

Saturday, June 18  | 12:00-4:00 pm

Juneteenth commemorates the Black liberation from the institution of slavery, and highlights resilience, solidarity, and the cultural Black community. 

Celebrate Juneteenth at S.T. Morrison Park with performances, children's activities, and free food. All are welcome! This event is made possible by the Johnson County Iowa Juneteenth Commemoration with support from the City of Coralville.

 

Celebrate 4thFest in Coralville

Coralville's 4thFest is around the corner!


Carnival, food, & vendors

July 1-4

Stop by S.T. Morrison Park for a carnival July 1-4, and food and booths in the park July 3 and 4. 


4thFest 5K

Saturday, July 2

Kick off the weekend with the annual 5K, followed by the kids' mini-marathon. New this year is the Stars and Stripes Youth Cross Park Race. 


Free concert featuring Night Ranger

Sunday, July 3

Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a free outdoor concert featuring heavy-hitting rock legends Night Ranger! The ''Midwest’s hippest band,'' Funk Daddies, will open the show. 


Pancakes, parade, performances, & fireworks

Monday, July 4

Grab a bite at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and see the 4thFest parade. Then come to S.T. Morrison Park for performances and free lawn games, listen to the sounds of the Iowa City Community Band, and watch the fireworks. 

 

Apply to Serve on a City Board

Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board

Deadline is June 24

The City Council is accepting applications from Coralville residents for the Citizen's Community Policing Advisory Board for one partial term ending December 31, 2025. Diversity, equity, and inclusion will be considered.

Library Board of Trustees

Deadline is July 8

The City Council is accepting applications from Coralville residents for one seat on the Coralville Public Library Board of Trustees; the term expires December 31, 2022. Diversity, equity, and inclusion will be considered. 

 

Does Your Home Need Exterior Repairs?

Apply for a forgivable loan program

If you need assistance paying for exterior home projects, the City has funds available through the Iowa Economic Development Authority to help qualifying Coralville homeowners.

Forgivable loans provide up to $25,000 per home for exterior projects like new siding, roof, gutters, exterior doors, windows, and more. 

 

Utility Rate Increase Begins July 1

Increases go into effect July 1, 2022, for water and solid waste rates. The changes were approved by the City Council following a review and public hearing in February.

A water rate increase will allow the City to finance significant planned water system and capacity improvements, and a solid waste rate increase will help fund increased operating costs and compensate for lower values for recyclable materials.

 

Leave the Fireworks to the Pros

If you are thinking about shooting off fireworks, think again. It is illegal to use fireworks in Coralville (unless you are an insured operator approved by the City). Fireworks cannot be used in many surrounding communities as well. 

If you want to see spectacular fireworks, there are great options locally, including Coralville's 4thFest fireworks on July 4 in S.T. Morrison Park

 

Center for the Performing Arts

Get tickets

Orphan Train to Iowa: For The Love of Pete
June 18

Presented by Crescendo Children's Choir. Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west to find new homes. Their story is told in this opera with music by Kevin Allen. 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.

July 22–24 

Presented by Young Footliters Youth Theatre. Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas! 

 

What's Happening at the Library

A summer of Hitchcock: free movie

Rope:  Thursday, June 23  |  6:00 pm

Two men attempt to prove they've committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after killing one of their classmates. This film was based on a play inspired by the infamous true crime of Leopold and Loeb. 

Free healthcare services

Saturday, June 25  |  10:00 am-2:30 pm

The UI Mobile Clinic will be in the lower level of the library to provide free vitals, HbA1C and cholesterol testing, doctor’s vitals, medication re-fills, free eyeglasses, and children’s sports physicals