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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.

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

Of Property Owned by the Villaged of Rapids City
And Invitation to Bid Thereon

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Corporate Authorities of the Village of Rapids City will recieve sealed bids for the purchase, under the successful bid, of the fee simple interest in the following real property;


Which property is generally located at 535-19th Street, Rapids City, IL 61278 and is currently devoted to green space zoned single family R-1.

Bids for the purchase of the aforesaid interest in the above-described property are hereby invited and will be received by the Village Clerk at 1204-4th Avenue, P.O. Box 134, Rapids City, IL 61278, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Wednesday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until August 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. of the opening of bids. Closing of said property must occur within 30 days after bid opening. Minimum bid of $15,500.00 is required for a valid bid. Said proposals shall be addressed to:

Corporate Authorities
of the Village of Rapids City
c/o Missy Housenga
1204-4th Avenue
P.O. Box 134
Rapids City, IL 61278

and shall bear the legend PROPOSAL – SALE OF 535-19th Street, Rapids City, IL 61278, and the name and address of the bidder.

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 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!

Winter Newsletter