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REMINDER: Open House Tonight to Preview Zoning Code Changes

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City will hold its fourth and final open house for its comprehensive zoning code update on Wednesday, June 20, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at NewBo City Market (1100 3rd Street SE).

Residents can come at their convenience to learn about proposed changes to the zoning code. New sections proposed include regulations to enhance mobility and connectivity, and code changes to encourage sustainable development and promote alternative energy systems.

Other proposed changes to the code will encourage mixed-use development that supports residential and commercial hubs; will standardize building aesthetics for new development to complement existing neighborhoods; and will improve the pedestrian experience by outlining regulations on building façades, location of parking, sidewalk connections, and right-of-way use.

The open house will highlight the most significant changes in the zoning code. The full draft plan will also be publically released in early July.

About the Code Update

Since 2016, the public has been asked to provide feedback on community issues that are shaped by zoning codes. The City is updating its zoning code to more accurately align with the comprehensive plan, which was developed with extensive public input and adopted in 2015.

Consideration of the new zoning code by City Council is anticipated for fall of this year.

Learn more:

Training fundraiser from Sigourney to Iowa City cancelled

Due to low registration, the Sigourney to Iowa City Training Ride that was scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018, has been cancelled. 

Refunds will process at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 22, for those who had already registered. As a courtesy for canceling this event, registrants can receive the official T-shirt from the overnight town they selected at a discounted price of $10 per shirt. This cost can be deducted from refunds by emailing Nick Kaeding at by 8 a.m. Friday, June 22. 

Iowa City T-shirts can be picked up beginning today at the Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, 900 First Ave./Hayden Fry Way, Coralville. Sigourney shirts can be arranged for pick up by contacting Staci White at  

Iowa City and Sigourney thank riders for understanding, and their commitment to helping both overnight towns. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit or

Save the date for the 11th annual Rummage in the Ramp

Rummage in the Ramp will be held from July 26 through August 4, 2018, at the Chauncey Swan Parking Ramp, 405 E. Washington St.

Rummage in the Ramp is an annual City-sponsored event that occurs as leases changeover each year in Iowa City at the end of July. People are encouraged to donate items they no longer want or need. Most items are priced $20 or under. Profits are split between environmental and human services non-profit groups that volunteer to work the sale. 

Rummage in the Ramp graphic

Over the last decade, this event has helped divert more than 265 tons of furniture, housewares, clothing, books and other items out of the landfill. Dozens of local non-profit groups have shared the $168,300 collected. 

Rummage and the Ramp cannot store items in advance of the event. Residents who are moving early or are ready to purge now should instead donate or consign items to local organizations

RSVP to the Rummage in the Ramp Facebook event for updates and reminders. To learn more, visit For questions about Rummage in the Ramp, contact Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch at 319-887-6110 or

Party in the Park - Wetherby Park

IOWA CITY -- Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy live music, games, crafts and frozen treats at Party in the Park. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 21 at Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Drive, with a special performance by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre followed by entrainment by Iowa City Youth Has Talent. The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand, as well as representatives from various City departments who will share information about their areas of expertise. Party in the Park is a no-fee event and is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department and the Neighborhood Outreach Division, Party in the Park gives residents a chance to enjoy their summer evenings outdoors with friends and family while exploring the City’s many beautiful natural spaces and neighborhoods. This program runs weekly on Thursdays in June, July, and August, and on Sundays in September. To view the full Party in the Park schedule, visit

Questions? Contact Joyce Carroll, Recreation Supervisor, at or 319-356-5100, or Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at or 319-356-5237.

Temporary No Parking for the Balloon Glow

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival will be holding a Balloon Glow on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For traffic and pedestrian safety purposes, temporary “No Parking” signs, meeting City specifications, will be placed along the following streets:

West side of Crescent Street and Nassau Street between Linden Drive and Blake Boulevard

North side of Linden Drive and Linden Terrace east of Forest Drive

Both sides of Linden Drive between Forest Drive and Crescent Street

Both sides of Dows Lane between Forest Drive and Brucemore driveway

Please see the CR Freedom Festival website for additional information:

Meet police officers, firefighters and paramedics during Tunes and Treats at Fairmeadows Park



Accessing Lower City Park for Riverside Theatre performances

IOWA CITY - Lower City Park will see an increase in visitors Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17 and again Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, 2018, due to Shakespeare performances by Riverside Theatre at the Riverside Festival StageVisitors are reminded that the Lower City Park access from Park Road and the west remains open during construction of the new Park Road Bridge, however the entrance is limited to one lane of alternating traffic. There are two stop signs that provide sight distance to on-coming traffic that must be observed. Drivers should be patient and cautious when entering and exiting the park.

For those who are able, parking is recommended in Upper City Park and Normandy Drive. Visitors should allow extra time for additional walking or traffic delays when accessing Lower City Park.  

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation effort that is elevating Dubuque Street while raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates, sign up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICGateway. To learn more about the project, visit

REMINDER: Northwest Gateway & Memorial Plaza Dedication June 13

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The community is invited to join city officials and neighborhood leaders for a commemorative ceremony dedicating the new Northwest Gateway & Memorial Plaza and the privately-funded West Side Rising Sculpture on Wednesday, June 13, at 2:00 p.m., at O Avenue NW and 6th Street NW.

Together with the community, city officials will mark the 10-year anniversary of the flood and its impact on residents, neighborhoods, and businesses.

Speakers include Mayor Brad Hart, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz, Northwest Neighborhood Association President Al Pierson, and members of the West Side Rising fundraising committee.

About the Plaza

The plaza features a memorial plaque with historic narrative on the northwest neighborhood, one of the areas hit hardest by the 2008 Flood.  The wall’s highest point was constructed to convey the 2008 river crest; its lowest point is where the waters would have reached during the 2016 Flood, had protective measures not been taken. In the center of the plaza stands a symbolic blue light that will be illuminated at night—a nod to the blue porch lights that were used to indicate that a home was occupied when the 2008 Flood waters receded. The plaza also features a distinctive gateway that will welcome residents or visitors to the site. Nearby, the privately-funded West Side Rising sculpture speaks to the resiliency of the northwest neighborhood and the residents and business leaders who helped bring it back after the 2008 Flood.

Celebrate “Dollar Day for Dads” at the Outdoor Pools and the “Longest Day of Summer” at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation will celebrate Father’s Day and the longest day of summer with special swims. Dads, accompanied by their children, swim for only $1 at all the City’s outdoor pools on Sunday, June 17. Children pay regular admission. The Father’s Day swim is 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Bever Pool, Ellis Pool and Jones Pool. Regular admission is $5.00 or a season pass for these pools. It will be 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center and 1:00-8:00 p.m. at Noelridge Aquatic Center. Regular admission is $5.50 or a season pass for the aquatic centers.

The “Longest Day of Summer” swim will be at Cherry Hill Aquatic Center on Thursday, June 21 from 6:30-10:00 p.m. Along with a little extra swimming time, patrons will enjoy games, relays and more. Regular admission is $5.00 or a season pass.

Rock-N-Read to support ICPL

Toes will be tappin’ when HomeBrewed takes the stage on Tuesday, June 26, for a live concert benefitting the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation. 

The music will play from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St. There will be a cover charge of $10 per adult, $5 per child (17 and younger), with all funds going to the Friends Foundation. 

HomeBrewed is music with a mission, with members playing the songs music that go back to the intersection of blues, gospel and country, also known as the beginning of rock and roll. HomeBrewed uses music to give back to the community by playing fundraisers to benefit nonprofit organizations. All funds raised at Rock-N-Read will support various Library programs, including the Bookmobile and Summer Reading Program. 

For more information, call Development Office Coordinator Patty McCarthy at 319-356-5249.