Community News

May is Nation Bike Month

     Bike to Work Week is May 11-17 and to celebrate, residents are invited to participate in a variety of bike friendly activities designed to encourage sustainability, cycling, enhance bike safety education, and continue growing a bike-friendly culture. See activities below! 

Thursday May 16 - Bike to Work Week Rodeo | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Meet in the Geonetric Parking Lot, 415 12th Ave. SE

This is a Hawkeye Bicycle Association and Linn County Trails Association hands-on event providing safety checks and riding skills to young cyclists.

Meet Me at the Market Bike Ride | 6:00 p.m.

NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd Street SE

SAVE THE DATE: June 8 | 9:30 a.m.

Ride the Districts Bike Ride

     All are welcome to join a bike ride showcasing new and upcoming bicycle infrastructure in Cedar Rapids. This guided journey will begin and end at Prairie Park Fishery Trailhead. The bike ride will feature upcoming and recent projects like the InterUrban Trail and updates from LAMBA on singletrack trails. This 15-mile ride includes stops along the way to discuss these projects and includes a stop at Bever Park for refreshments. Please note that the Sac & Fox Trail is unpaved, so bikes with wider tires are strongly encouraged for this ride. Register online at

Old MacDonald's Farm Opens May 6

      MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park will open for the season Monday, May 6 with the event, "Chalk the Farm." The event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Visitors are invited to decorate the sidewalks with chalk drawings. The farm will be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September 29. Admission is free, but according tot he City's website, a $1 minimum donation is appreciated.
     Old MacDonald’s Farm is home to farm animals and North American waterfowl. The baby animals include calves, chickens, pygmy goats, lambs, and piglets. They will be out only during warm weather.
     Old MacDonald’s events this year include: Story Time with Animals; Bubble Mania; Field Day; Movie Night at the Farm; County Fair; Linn County Master Gardener Mini Camps; Animals on the Farm; Build a Birdhouse; Creek Study and You; Farmer for a Day; Fuzzy, Furry, Slimy, Scaly; Goat Yoga; Make a Wind Chime; and Walk Like a Duck, Quack Like a Duck.

Area Splash Pads Open May 25

     Area splash pads will be available May 25 through September 3, 2024. Water is turned on at 9 a.m. each day and turned off at 9 p.m. The spray features are activated when a hand is run across the sensor on the fire hydrant or the button is pressed to activate the water. 

Locations Include:

  • Cedar Valley Park, 2250 Blakely Boulevard SE
  • Cleveland Park, 1600 8th Avenue SW                        
  • Daniels Park, 940 Oakland Road NE
  • Greene Square, 400 4th Avenue SE
  • Hayes Park, 1924 D Street SW
  • Hidder Park, 10th Street and 14th Avenue SE                
  • Jacolyn Park, Jacolyn Drive and Gordon Avenue NW             
  • Noelridge Park, 4900 Council Street NE
  • Redmond Park, 3rd Avenue and 16th Street SE
  • Time Check Park, 5th Street and J Avenue NW 
  • Twin Pines Park, 3500 42nd Street NE

Willis Dady Homeless Services Opens New Supportive Housing Apartments

     Willis Dady Homeless Services celebrated the completion of the Chandler Pump Building, 13-unit apartments that will help homeless individuals find some stability in their lives.

     Although it took more than four years to complete, the units in the Chandler Pump building at 707 B Avenue NW are now ready for tenants. Each room in the building is unique, with furniture donated by Central Furniture Rescue. Criteria for the applicants state that they must have been homeless previously and have income less than 80% of the poverty level. The rent is then calculated by their current income. 

     A ribbon-cutting event was held Jan. 25, 2024, to celebrate the completion of the building. Tours of the building were given, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was attended by several city leaders, including Mayor Tiffany O'Donnell. 

     The derecho that hit our community, Aug. 8, 2020, destroyed the top half of the building, which derailed the current plan for the building. Board members and the original planning committee had to decide to keep the building with only one floor and proceeded to call in experts to help them design and remodel the building. 

     Founded by J.A. Chandler in 1890, the Chandler Pump Company was among the most significant manufacturers in Cedar Rapids, with its Chandler Iron Pump water pump used on farms and homes for cisterns. The apartments will provide Willis Dady clients with "a safe and affordable place to live, and the case manager will provide one-on-one support to address barriers and build the foundation for long-term stability."

     Waypoint Services will soon follow suit. According to sources, Waypoint wants to make their now-closed shelter into six to eight apartments. They are collaborating with architects on what a floor plan might look like, deciding how much rent would be, and how many people they would be capable of helping. A timeline for the work has not yet been established.

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