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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.


Community Center

The Rapids City Community Center is located at 1204 4th Ave. and is available for rent at a cost of $100.00 for a minimum of 3 hours. A $100.00 deposit is also required which is refunded if the building is left in good, clean condition. There is no charge for non-profit organizations. There is a Youth Center Committee which sponsors several events throughout each year for the youth in the community. Watch for posted announcements.

If you are interested in the renting the Community Center please fill out this form and turn it in at the Village Hall located at 1204 4th Ave.


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

March 14, 2017 there will be a meet & greet the candidates at the Rapids City Village Hall from 6-7p.m.

Reminder: Video gaming referendum question will be on the consolidated election ballot on April 4, 2017.

Rapids City E-waste collection will be April 22, 2017 for Rapids City residents only! Drop off will be from 9-11a.m. at the parking lot across from Brother's Restaurant. ID is required for this event.

Rapids City Clean up Day is set for May 6, from 9-12. Residents are allowed to use lawn tractors with trailers and golf carts for this clean up. However, you must obey village ordinances while doing this. No vehicles are allowed on Hwy 84. Please meet at the Rapids City Village Hall at 9 am. to help!

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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