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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.

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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.

2017 Community Center Pricing & Policies
2019 Community Center Agreement


Riverdale District School

Building Permits

Fee Schedule

All construction or alterations of any building or structure in the Village of Rapids City must follow all Village Ordinances, the current edition of the "International Building Code" guidelines, and or Rock Island County Building Codes. All construction or alterations to any existing structure in the Village where the costs exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) require securing a building permit. Minor maintenance repairs to an existing structure where the costs are under Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) including labor and materials are not required to secure a building 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! Linked below is the fee schedule for building and electrical permits, we use the same rates as Rock Island County. 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. If you are a contractor please complete the Contractor Registration Form linked below.

Contractor Registration Form

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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?

Q. How can I track Mississippi River water levels in our area?

News and Events

Village Board Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. At this time the meetings are being held upstairs at Village Hall located at 1204 4th Avenue. All meeting attendees are required to wear a mask when medically tolerable to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Next Meeting Agenda

Due to COVID-19 our traditional children’s Halloween Party has had to be canceled.
On Friday, October 30th the Village Board will have treat bags filled will goodies for Rapids City children to take off a table located at Rapids City Village Hall. Please remind your child only one bag per child and to practice social distancing while taking a bag.
Bags were donated by MidAmerican Energy and candy was purchased by the Village of Rapids City.

Halloween Trick or Treat hours will be 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, October 31st.
All residents are urged to use their own discretion as to if they would like to participate in the festivities. As President Mire has stated “ I trust that each parent and resident will take the necessary precautions to safeguard our most precious treasures, our children.” A link has been provide to review the CDC guidelines for a safe Trick or Treating evening.  https://www.cdc.gov/.../daily.../holidays/halloween.html

Your Annual Water Quality Report is now available at www.ilrwa.org/CCR/RapCity.pdf. To speak with someone about this report or to have a copy of it mailed to you, please call 309-496-2321.

Free Blood Pressure Checks each Thursday at Village Hall at 10:00am. If Medics have an

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!

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