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Village Information


Rapids City has three parks, a public boat ramp, a community center, and maintains its portion of the River Way trail.

Photo of fishermen under a bridge

River Bend Park is located on top of 17th Street Hill. Picnic tables, outdoor grills, playground equipment, a basketball court, a softball diamond and restroom facilities are included at this park.

Shadow Hill Park is located on top of 12th Street Hill. Here you will find a softball diamond used by the youth of Rapids City and other surrounding small towns for Co-ed Softball sponsored through the Hampton Township Youth Commission. Sign up is in early Spring of each year. Watch for posted announcements.

Shuler's Shady Grove Park is located at 1st Avenue and 11th Street and includes a boat ramp with parking lot, park, scenic overlook at our gazebo, and a portion of the Great River Trail Bike Path.

Sulpher Creek Park is located on the corner of 14th Street and 4th Avenue. Amenities at the park include Picnic tables, outdoor grill, playground equipment, a basketball court.


Community Center

The Rapids City Community Center is available for rent for your special events. The Community Center is conveniently located 1204 4th Avenue, Rapids City. Our Community Center is a great place to host your birthdays, showers, weddings, and anniversary parties. For pricing and additional requirements of the facility please click the links below.  You may call the Village Office if you have questions concerning dates or any other questions about the facility by dialing 309-496-2321. If you have confirmed the date you would like to book the Community Center is available you may complete the linked Community Center Agreement below, bring or mailing with a damage/security deposit check to the Village Office to secure your event.

Original Community Center Paperwork
2017 Community Center Pricing & Policies
2017 Community Center Agreement


Riverdale District School

Building Permits

According to Village Ordinance all construction or alterations to any building or structure requires a permit for building, electrical, plumbing, water, and sewer hookups must have been obtained and paid to the Village Clerk before any digging, grading, or construction shall be commenced.  All construction or alterations of any building within the Village of Rapids City at the cost of $500.00 or greater will require a permit. 

A permit will need to be purchased in person at the Village of Rapids City Office located at 1204 - 4th Avenue Rapids City, IL 61278.  No permits or payments for permits will be accepted via email, fax, or mail!  A fee schedule for building may be viewed at the Rock Island County website, as we use the same rates.  Please call for plumbing permit pricing.  If a permit is not obtained prior to construction the permit cost will double in price.  Cash and check are accepted for payment for all permits. 

When coming to purchase your permit a copy of blue prints, diagram of building on the lot showing pins and distances, contractor names, license numbers (plumbers and roofers), and certificate of liability will be required.

Contractor Registration Form

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a set of the most commonly asked questions and the most specific answers we can provide to those questions.

Q. When should I put my garbage out?

Q. What does it mean when they say "properly packaged refuse"?

Q. Why do sanitation crews leave certain things at the curb?

Q. What is bulky waste?

Q. What should I do with my bulky waste items?

Q. What does it mean when they say "properly packaged refuse"?

Q. What items CANNOT be picked up?

Q. How do I get rid of old appliances and tires?

Q. What about yard waste?

Q. If I see someone dumping illegally, where do I report it?

News and Events

Village Board Meetings
2nd Tuesday of every month
7 P.M., Rapids City Village Hall

Next Meeting Agenda

Town Hall Meeting on February 21st, 2018 at 6pm at Village Hall

Village of Rapids City Easter Egg Hunt to be held at Sulphur Creek Park on March 24th, 2018 at 2:00pm. If you would like to volunteer for this event or would like more information please call the Village Office at 309-496-2321.

Rapids City will be holding an E-Waste Event on April 21st, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Collection of e-waste will be at the lot across from Brother's Family Restaurant on Route 84. This event will be for Rapids City residents only, ID will be required for this event. E-Waste Chart

Community Clean-Up Day will be held on April 28th, 2018. Volunteers please meet at Rapids City Village Hall at 9am. Clean-up areas will cover the Bike Path along Route 84, 12th Street and 17th Street. For more information please call the Village Office at 309-496-2321.

The President and Board of Trustees of Rapids City would like to invite all Rapids City Active/Reserve Military and Veterans to an appreciation luncheon honoring their service May 19th, 2018 from 11am to 1pm at the Rapids City Community Center. The Village is also please to announce a Representative from the VA will be at this event to reach out to aide anyone whom may be interested in the services they provide.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help serve our Veterans and Military Personnel please contact the Village Office at 309-496-2321.

Free Blood Pressure Checks each Thursday at Village Hall at 10:00am. If Medics have an emergency call pressure checks may be canceled without notice.

We now have a "Little Library" located at 730-17th Street, alongside of the maintenance shop. This is a take and leave books. It was donated by the Rotary Club. Please take advantage of this awesome new addition to our community!

Your Annual Water Quality Report is now available at the Illinois Rural Water Association. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. To speak with someone about this report or to have a copy of it mailed to you, please call (309) 496-2321.

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