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Leaf Vacuum Schedule October 18 - October 24, 2017

Iowa City’s Streets Division is anticipating that leaf crews will be able to complete 2 zones per day for the first week of the program. The leaves have been very light this week which has allowed us to move through the zones fairly quickly. 

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. 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Entering Zones #1, #2, & #3
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 – Completing Zone #3 + Entering Zones #4 & #5
  • Friday, Oct. 20 – Completing Zone #5 + Entering Zone #6
  • Monday, Oct. 23 –Completing Zone #6 + Entering Zone #7 & #1
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24 –Completing Zone #1 + Entering Zone #2

The leaf schedule will be updated daily and is subject to change. To receive updates via e-mail, visit www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions 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 www.icgov.org/leafvacuum


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

Do you have an topic you would like to see covered on Iowa City In Focus? Email your ideas to info@citychannel4.com.


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 www.icgov.org/e-subscriptions 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 www.icgov.org/leafvacuum


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 www.crrec.org 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.

via www.coralville.org


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, www.icgov.org/travelalerts