Beautification in All Districts for a Clean and Inviting Cedar Rapids

Jul 30, 2020

Summer is here, and we’re all anxious to get outside and take it in! From taking a spin on a Veo e-bike or e-scooter to checking out all of the murals around town, to supporting local businesses reopening, the heart of Cedar Rapids is looking and feeling more lively. We are all trying to make the best of our warm weather, and rallying for our favorite local businesses by championing and protecting them in a safe and responsible way. Remember - if you haven’t gotten your Rally Cards or Rally Cap yet, head over to!

The City of Cedar Rapids’ bike share program has kicked off for a second year with 90 bike stations, 150 e-bikes, and 70 e-scooters spread out around Downtown, Kingston Village, the MedQuarter, and the Czech Village/New Bohemia Districts. Color is popping up throughout the districts as well with inspiring murals and optimistic artistry. While out, you’ll notice more than 7,000 newly-planted flowers and plants blooming throughout Downtown, making for an inviting stroll for residents and visitors alike.

The annual United Way Day of Caring - a day that engages businesses and their employees with local nonprofits through volunteer projects - will take place in August. The Economic Alliance is coordinating volunteer projects throughout the core districts. Downtown will get alleys swept and benches cleaned, as well as debris picked up and tree beds mulched. The MedQuarter will get a dose of sprucing with pocket parks pruned and raked, and mulching of tree beds. The Czech Village/New Bohemia District will see fresh mulch in tree beds and debris picked up. We thank all of the businesses generously donating time to these important efforts.

For more on beautification efforts happening throughout Downtown and surrounding districts, visit

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