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Join the College Hill Partnership Today

Join the College Hill Partnership Today!

social house college hill cedar fallsBecome A Member of the College Hill Partnership

This year the College Hill Partnership is working to be more efficient.  You could say it’s the CHP’s New Year’s Resolution.  With that in mind, the Board passed a resolution at our October Board Meeting to ensure the membership application process is streamlined & open for a longer period of time to encourage increased participation in the College Hill Partnership. Benefits to CHP Membership:
  • Vote for board members and any changes made to bylaws in the upcoming election
  • Free food at the annual meeting
  • All formal communication includes: updates, minutes, agendas, meeting reminders
  • Opportunity to participate in the College Hill Neighborhood, and projects that better our community
  • And the satisfaction you are making the Hill a better place
To obtain all the privileges above you must:
  • Request an application via email and mail or email completed application to:

PO Box 974

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613


complete an application online HERE prior to March 1, 2020

  • Submit dues by mail or online (amount of $25) prior to March 1, 2020
A resolution passed allowed two possible ways to have membership dues waived.  Each person who qualifies for the waiver program has been notified by email.  Didn't receive an email notifying you of your qualification for a waiver and you believe you qualify for one please submit a request for waiver via email to Waiver Opportunities:
  • During CHP’s calendar year (May 2019 to March 2020) you have volunteered for CHP events, or committees totaling over five hours. College Hill Partnership Monthly and Annual Board meetings do not qualify towards these hours.
  • You own property in the College Hill Overlay SSMID district and pay taxes into the SSMID fund helps support the CHP.
If you qualify for the wavier opportunities you will receive one membership which is non-transferable.  An application must be submitted by the deadline (March 1, 2020) for you to obtain all privileges listed above.  A record of volunteer hours (dates, times, description) must be provided with the application if requesting a waiver.


We encourage you to share this blog with members of the community who might like to be a part of our wonderful organization.  If there are any questions about the application process please reach out to Kathryn Sogard either by phone (319)-830-6338 or email

Kick-off Meeting Imagine the Possibilities: College Hill Edition

We wanted to make sure you were personally invited to the upcoming:


Kick-Off Meeting

January 29th, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
UNI CEEE at 8106 Jennings Drive Cedar Falls
After a successful start in the Downtown District, we are excited that the City has chosen to continue to work with the community on additional areas of Cedar Falls so they can plan for the future of the City together. This is excellent news for College Hill. Some of the questions this visioning is going to try to answer are:
  • What should the College Hill District be like in the future?
  • How should it grow and change?
  • Are there places that should stay the same?
  • What's missing?
  • What would make the College Hill area a better place to live, work, and go to school?
About the Process:
The City has asked the Ferrell Madden team, the urban design and planning consultants who lead the Downtown visioning effort, to shift their focus to the College Hill area to help us answer these questions and develop a new Vision Plan to guide the future of College Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods. The plan will focus on topics like the scale and character of new development; walking, biking, and other transportation options; and the mix of uses and range of activities that will combine to create and maintain a vibrant neighborhood center. The design team will engage the public, analyze the current College Hill context, and rethink the current zoning standards to better shape the character of future development.
What Comes After the Kick-off Meeting?:
This effort will last for several months, with opportunities for public input and involvement throughout the process--from the initial Public Kick-Off, through a hands-on Community Design Charrette this spring, to the adoption of any zoning changes. For more information, to sign up for updates, and create an account to provide feedback during the visioning head to We hope you will join us for the Kick-off Meeting on January 29th from 6-8 pm at the UNI CEEE. With more input, the better the vision will be. This is an excellent opportunity to make sure your voice is heard, and your ideas are included. Please feel free to share this blog post to anyone who you think might be interested in attending.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to City Staff or to Kathryn Sogard, Executive Director of the College Hill Partnership.

2019 Farm Crawl – UNI Local Food Program

Many of you know we partner with the UNI Local Food Program to support their efforts to create an amazing College Hill Farmers Market. To honor that partnership we want to keep you informed about an exciting event they host every year.

The UNI Local Food Program and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach invite you to attend the 2019 Farm Crawl on September 29th noon-5 p.m.

Free admission and no registration required.

Visit local farms at your own pace and learn how local farmers grow your food and manage their farms. You can visit one or all the farms. The more farms you visit the more chances to win great local food prizes!

Check out the farm crawl guide for tour times, map, and family friendly activities each farm will offer at


Be sure to check out the Local Food Program on: Facebook

Guest Blogger: Jodie Huegerich UNI Local Food Program Manager

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College Hill Fall 2019 Update

College Hill Fall 2019 Update

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="alignleft" width="232"] 4th Annual College Hill Oktoberfest[/caption]

The College Hill Partnership always looks forward to this time of year. With another school year started, we launch into our busiest season with our 4th annual College Hill Oktoberfest. Held right after two amazing College Hill Events:


The Green(Hill) Triathlon:

Hosted by Joywheel Cycling &

Balance Hot Yoga

When: September 28th 8:45-12:30

               A morning full of fun fitness and some good company starts with 30 minutes of cycling at Joywheel, 2.5-mile run/walk from Greenhill to the Hill, and finally a 30-minute cooldown at balance Hot Yoga. After all of this, you are bound to make a couple of new friends that you will want to enjoy a drink with at Social House Rooftop. Spots are limited, and the registration fee is $45 includes a drink ticket. Head over to Facebook for all the details.


Pear Fair:

Mohair Pear’s Outdoor Indie Fair

When: September 28th 11-5pm

               It's the 8th year and going strong for Mohair Pear hosting this fantastic open-air indie fair. With tons of vendors homemade products and fabulous food from La Calle, you will not be disappointed.  Check out their Facebook event for all the details.



College Hill Oktoberfest

When: September 28th 5:30-9:30pm

               4th year running Hammerslagen, bags, German-inspired food from La Calle, Live Music by Amelia and Melina and of course tons of fun and beer. Sponsors include Mohair Pear, Copyworks, and Balance Hot Yoga. 


2nd Annual Event PopUp PopOut: Hosted by Price Check Kicks

When: September 14th 12-8pm

            Shop local all clothing brands.  Jordan, Supreme, Nike, Champion, Adidas.  New Merch and an awesome give away.  Head to the Hill for some amazing fashion and lots of fun. 


Grand Opening: Buzz Smoke & Vapor

When: September 20th 10am- 2am

               Buzz Smoke & Vapor is hosting its grand opening.  Check out their social media pages for details.  Facebook  Instagram



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The Partnership has another reason to love this season. With the help from some fantastic volunteers, we have raised enough money to complete our first phase of work on our Updates to Pettersen Plaza on College Hill. Contractors will be breaking ground on the plaza to remove the current plantings & trees. They will also be installing shade-providing plantings that will create a more useable space. We are still working to raise funds to complete our other phases. These phases include; purchasing shaded seating, erecting a mural on one of the boarding buildings, and funds to maintain the part/ install new public art.  

If you would like more information about our Pettersen Plaza Update Plans or to donate, send an email to requesting a pledge form.

To stay updated with all College Hill Events check out our College Hill Calendar here.

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College Hill Parking Study Findings

College Hill Parking Study Findings

We hope you will be our guest at the workshop presenting findings and initial recommendation from the College Hill Parking Study. The City of Cedar Falls contracted a Parking Study of the College Hill Business District and the adjacent blocks to get a reading on the parking situation on College Hill.



With parking be a hot topic in Cedar Falls and in our district, we are excited to find out with the recommendations will be from the experts on how to address parking going forward.

We hope you will attend the meeting on Tuesday, July 16th at 6 pm at the CEEE on the University of Northern Iowa’s Campus. There will be a presentation followed by an informal open discussion and Question and Answer session.

RSVP on Facebook or share with a neighbor who might be interested:

College Hill Farmers Market

College Hill Farmers Market

It’s that time of year again.  The College Hill Farmers Market is back.  The first two markets have been amazing.  The College Hill Partnership is honored to be a supporter of the College Hill Farmers Market.  We feel that this market is a great way to build community.  We are excited about this season and hope you are too. The first market was a street market which included live music, La Calle and Cubo food trucks and a full street worth of vendors.  The Farmers Market Manager and Assistant Managers have worked tirelessly to fill the market with a variety of vendors. The College Hill Farmers Market runs from June to October every Thursday.  This year the market will be hosted at the corner of West 22nd Street and College Street.  Each market hosts a variety of vendors with all kinds of goodies.  Past markets have featured: energy bites, freshly popped popcorn, strawberries, eggs, meats, canned goods, handcrafted items and much more.
Passport for the Arts Program
We have teamed up with the Hearst Center, Cedar Falls Tourism and several other amazing organizations in the Cedar Valley to be a part of the Passport to the Arts Program. Have your passport stamped at one of the farmers' markets.  Once you fill your passport and turn it in you could win the grand prize valued at over $260! This prize includes several College Hill Gift Certificates.  In order to win, you must attend at least 6 events put on by 3 different organizations from the community.  Once you’ve filled up your passport turn it in at the Hearst Center for the Arts or the Tourism Bureau to be entered into the drawing. For more details head to:
Get Social!
Don’t forget to follow the CHFM on social media to find out all the Farmers Market updates! Instagram/Twitter (@collegehillfm) Snapchat (collegehillfm) Join us each Thursday from 4-6 on College Hill and be sure to mark your calendar for the Special Street Markets on: July 11th August 1st September 5th October 3rd

41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival — June 21-22nd

41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival

Friday, June 21st & Saturday, June 22nd

Head to the Hill for the 41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival on the corner of College Street and West 23rd Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd view artwork from 75 Artists.  Artists come from far and wide to display their ceramics, fibers, glassware, graphics, jewelry, paintings,  sculptures, and more.  Special musical performances during the entire festival.
Stay On the Hill
Local favorite La Calle Food Truck will be present along with many other local food vendors, and community clubs serving delicious foods.  Make a day out of heading up to the Hill and enjoy everything from a cup of Sidecar Coffee or a donut from Icon Donuts in the morning to all of the nightlife College Hill has to offer. Check out the amazing selection of beers at our local bars such as Octopus, The Library, and Social House.  Want to rest your feet?  And you can take a break and grab something to eat in the newly rennovated Other Place or grab a smoothie to go at the Smoothie Bar, The Shakery or looking for something else sweet check out Insomnia Cookies.
Award Winning Festival
"The College Hill Arts Festival has been named to Sunshine Artist magazine’s list of ‘100 Best Fine Arts & Design Shows’ in the United States for nearly the last decade. Gary Kelley’s Festival posters have won many National contests and awards. In addition, the College Hill Arts Festival was named the “2006 Event of the Year” by the Cedar Valley Tourism Bureaus."
More Details
For more information including all artists attending please head to the College Hill Arts Festival's Website. We hope to see you at the 41st Annual College Hill Arts Festival June 21th-22nd. Times for CHAF:
  • June 21st, 12-8 pm
  • June 22nd: 10-5 pm
Head to the College Hill Arts Festival no ticket required.  Parking around College Hill is free.  Handicapped parking is located in UNI lot East of Bartlett Hall near the food vendors at the Festival.

College Hill Move Out Guidelines

Move Out Guidelines

Guest Blogger: City of Cedar Falls

Moving Out/Moving In? Will You Help us Reduce the Mess?

Here are some moving in/out guidelines:

1.  “Garbage” at the curb can only be picked up by the city when placed inside the green garbage cart assigned to your address. You are allowed one extra bag a week on top of your trash cart with a pink bag tag attached to it.  Bag Tags can be purchased at our Transfer Station at 1524 State St., Ace Hardware, Fareway, Hy Vee on University.  You may also take your extra bags of trash to the transfer station Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday’s form 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is a $0.75 cent fee per bag or you can weigh it in and our fee per ton for solid waste is $57.50.  If you have the smaller cart you can always up-size to a larger size.  We have three sizes of carts. 

  • 35 Gallon - $9.00 per month
  • 64 Gallon - $17.00 per month
  • 96 Gallon - $26.50 per month

96 Gallon 64 Gallon 35 Gallon

You can call 273-8629 to change your size of cart if needed.   We normally do cart exchanges on your day of collection. 

2.  Large item pickup is available and scheduled on your refuse collection day for residents with an active Cedar Falls refuse account. To schedule a pickup, call the Public Works Department at (319) 273-8629 between 7 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday. The large items must be placed curbside after 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection. This service is limited to large items only and is not intended to be a service for garbage.  Residents are charged a $5 per stop fee for bulk collection appointments. The fee is added to your Cedar Falls Utility account.

The following items will be picked up:  Couches, Chairs, Recliners, Tables, Carpet and Pad (rolled up), Box Springs, Mattresses, Doors (quantities no greater than three), Windows (quantities no greater than three), Swing Sets (dismantled and no concrete), Grills, Gutters and Down Spouts (sections must be less than 6 feet in length), Bicycles.

This service is only available to residents paying refuse fees to the City of Cedar Falls. 

Charged Items:  Picking up the following items will result in a charge of $7.50 each on your utility bill: Washers / Dryers, Refrigerators / Freezers, Dish Washers, Air Conditioners, Water Softeners, Water Heaters, Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers, Microwave Ovens, Stoves, Furnaces, Computers/TV’s $5.

Tires are charged as follows: 

  • Car Tire (off rim): $2.50
  • Car Tire (on rim): $5.00
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (off rim): $6.50
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (on rim): $9.00

Refused Items:  The following items will NOT be picked up: 

Garbage, Yard Waste, Dirt, Hazardous Waste, Bricks, Rocks, Concrete, Sand, Construction, Demolition, Remodeling Materials,

  • Used Oil Filters (accepted free at the Transfer Station)
  • Oil (accepted free at the Transfer Station)

Any refuse pick-up violations are subject to a $200.00 hauling fee to the property owner and may impact the amount and timelines of the return of your security deposit.

Thank you for caring about your environment in which you live, work, learn and play.

College Hill Partnership Board of Directors -319-273-6228

Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

City of Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

We a filled with gratitude and excitement the City of Cedar Falls is taking the time and supplying the funding to evaluate public parking on the Hill.  They have heard all the public comments and the letters from the CHP about wanting to evaluate the public lots on the Hill. We know this is a big issue for Cedar Falls.  And we are excited it is being addressed. 

Currently there are several public parking lots on the Hill.  Some are metered and some un-metered.  Two things we know about the parking situation on the Hill:

1. It’s unique.  Because of the close proximity to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa Parking is used differently than many business districts.

2. It evokes all kinds’ emotions and constant feedback.  This is where we are asking for your help. 

The City of Cedar Falls is in the process of evaluating the College Hill area public parking system. We appreciate your input as it will help us explore effective solutions that will benefit College Hill area businesses, employees, visitors, and residents. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and all replies are confidential. The survey link is noted below and can be accessed from the City’s website.  It will be live thru April 12th.  Your time and input are appreciated!

The link to take the survey is

Any and all feedback is welcome.  We hope you will be thoughtful in your answers and take the time to pass this along to friends.  Here’s to the exciting future for College Hill, and addressing the challenges that come with it. 

College Hill Welcomes The Finishing Touch Tattoo + Barbershop

College Hill Welcomes The Finishing Touch Tattoo + Barbershop

Walking in on Opening Day was exciting to see new neighbors and a great new barbershop on the Hill.  The Finishing Touch Tattoo and Barbershop opened this past week.  It is in full swing.  With its seven barbers and three tattoo artists, they are ready to serve you.   They will be adding three more barbers soon. When I talked with Jay and some of his staff he said they were very excited to move to the Hill.  “Being so close helps many student access our services.”  They say this was a big reason for looking for a storefront on the Hill.  Many of their clients mentioned their friends would love the services Jay and his fellow barbers offered at their location in Waterloo.  The Finishing Touch staff wanted to make it easy for their clients to access their shop a chose to move to their spot on the Hill. Appointments and walk-ins are both welcome.  Jay and his staff also want everyone to know that all are welcome.  They specialize in men’s and boy’s haircuts. Jay and his staff were very welcoming to us and all the clients who filled their chairs.  Walking into the shop the vibe is awesome.  A comfy couch lines the big windows, and a pool table is front and center.  There is a bar to also wait for your appointment or enjoy a seat as you play some pool. Speaking of the bar The Finishing Touch has specials like: Student Tuesday (with valid student idea) Haircuts are just $15 Free Beer Friday (for those who are 21 and up) The Finishing Touch Tattoo and Barbershop will be open 7 days a week.  We invite you to swing by and check them out at 2125 College Street Suite B.  They are located right next to The Shakery.  Book your appointment by calling (319)-429-4688 or on the Bookys App. Keep up to date.  Make sure to follow them on social: You can also check out their website at: