October 19th and November 2nd
City workers will help local residents prepare for fall yard maintenance with yard waste and leaf collection the weeks of October 19th – 23rd and November 2nd – 6th, 2020.
We’d like to remind residents there is a new process for curbside collection. Yard waste and leaves must be in PAPER YARD WASTE BAGS only (plastic bags will not be accepted). Bags will be taken and composted, and not emptied at the curb and left to reuse.
To prepare for these collections, residents must call the City Garage at (715) 421-8218 to place their address on the list for collection. For the October 19th collection, please call any time prior to the week of collection (no later than 2:00pm on Friday, October 16th), and place paper yard waste bags at the curb.
For the November 2nd collection, please call by 2:00pm on Friday, October 30th, and place paper yard waste bags at the curb by Sunday, November 1st. Residents may also take their yard waste and/or leaves to the City’s two compost sites.
Please visit the website at www.wirapids.org/ streets for locations and specific hours of operation. Please call the City Street Department at (715) 421-8218 with any questions.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The City of Wisconsin Rapids announces this year’s annual recruitment drive for Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC). The MYC is open to area students, grades 9 – 12; and there are at least eight available spots on this year’s council. Members are appointed to two-year terms (unless they’re a senior at the beginning of their term), with an option to reapply at the end of their term.
The MYC is a youth-led initiative where students have learning opportunities in the areas of leadership, government and community; engagement opportunities in a variety of student-developed projects; and relationship-building opportunities with peers and local leaders.
“If you want your voice to be heard, this is the group to do it in. You can see your ideas become reality,” said Hobie Lippold, current MYC member.
Recruitment activities will be fully virtual this year, while safety accommodations for MYC meetings are still being developed.
For more information about the MYC or to submit an application, please call the Mayor’s Office at 715-421-8216 or visit us online at wirapids.org/mayors-youth-council, with recruitment materials at wirapids.org/mayors-youth-council-recruitment.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The City of Wisconsin Rapids announces the opening of one new tennis court and six new pickleball courts at the Wisconsin Rapids Recreation Complex (WRRC).
While construction was completed at the beginning of the summer, the asphalt cured for several weeks before courts could be painted and nets installed.
“We have an active community of pickleball players and long-standing community support for tennis, so I know these courts will be enjoyed by many. What a great way to wrap up the summer and have some (socially-distanced) fun this autumn!” Mayor Shane Blaser said.
About the WRRC
Celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in June, the WRRC features a skate park, new playground equipment, a splash pad with night illumination, an outdoor shelter, one new tennis court, six new pickle ball courts, lit walkways, and trees and landscaping throughout the park.
The WRRC’s new aquatics park features three pools. The tot pool has exciting activities, including two water slides, spray features and a tot lazy river. The leisure pool includes a play area, basketball hoops, a water walk, lazy river with a "rapids" action channel, a tube water slide with plunge pool and a body water slide. The recreation pool features basketball hoops, lap swimming, a zip line feature, diving board and a climbing wall. And you can enjoy a snack from the concessions stand on the pool deck, featuring colorful shade structures, furniture and a grass sunbathing berm.
The bath house also includes a four-seasons reservable shelter and the admissions area will also serve as a warming house during the winter ice skating season. During the winter months the drop circle will be converted into a large ice-skating circle, while a separate area will host low board hockey.
For more information, please call the City of Wisconsin Rapids Parks and Recreation Department at 715-421-8240 or online at www.wirapids.org/parks--recreation.html and www.wirapids.org/wrrc.html.
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 29, 2020)
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The former East Junior High School Field House will become a new polling location for some
Wisconsin Rapids residents, beginning with the August 11 partisan primary election.
Approved by the Common Council on July 21, East Junior High will replace the current polling location of Crossview Commons Church, who cited concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Voters in Wards 11-21 and Wards 24-29 will now vote at the new location.
The former East Junior High School is located at 311 Lincoln Street; however, the entrance for voting will be located on the 6th Street side of the building.
Residents in Wards 1-10 and Wards 22-23 will continue to vote at the Centralia Center, 220 3rd Avenue S.
To find out where your polling location is, please visit myvote.wi.gov or https://www.wirapids.org/election--voter-information.html
Rapids Rediscovered Grants of up to $10,000 are available when demolishing and/or building a home on lots throughout established neighborhoods in the City
WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The Rapids Rediscovered housing investment program, created in 2019, has funding available for constructing homes; $10,000 for demolition and construction, and $5,000 for construction only. The program exists to strengthen existing neighborhoods through reinvestment.
To be eligible for the Grant, you must have a purchase agreement for a lot, building plans, financial commitment, and insurance in hand. Prior to the submission of an application a pre-conference is required with the Community Development Department. House design and site development requirements exist which are outlined in the full grant guidelines.
For more information and the application to apply, stop by the Community Development office or call 715-421-8228.