Public Forum and Community and Senior Recreation Needs

The City of College Park has retained the services GreenPlay, LLC, to assist us with a Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment Study. This study will look at the recreational facilities, programs, transportation and services and determine the current and future level of services for the community based on public input.

Residents are invited to participate in the study’s Public Forum. Your input is very important as we try to plan for the future recreational needs for the community and seniors of College Park

In addition to this Public Forum, there are several spaces available in invitation-only focus groups on Monday and Tuesday, August 26 and 27. Please contact the Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services (phone: 240.487.3550, email: families@collegeparkmd.gov) for more information.


Let the Clover Take Over!

Time to give up and let the clover take over! Clover doesn’t need to be mowed, watered, weeded or fertilized, and it’s softer than grass.

Here are more reasons why clovers should stay:

  • Nitrogen fixer. As a legume, clover works symbiotically with bacteria to fix atmospheric nitrogen and make it available to both itself and neighboring plants. That’s why even lawn grasses grow better when clover is present.
  • Less fertilizer. A lawn containing clover needs far less fertilizer, and a 100% clover lawn needs none.
  • Drought Resistant. With its deep roots, clover will remain green through drought, as your neighbor’s lawns turn brown.
  • No mowing. A pure clover lawn doesn’t need mowing, but if you do decide to mow, you’ll only need to do so 3 or 4 times a year.
  • No aerating. Clover can grow in and loosen compacted soil, eliminating the need to aerate.
  • No herbicide. If you’re concerned about a uniform looking patch of green, you don’t have to worry about other “weeds.” Clover tends to smother them as is somewhat invasive.
  • Ground cover. Clover makes an excellent ground-cover for food crops.
  • Beneficial pollinators and wildlife. Clover produces attractive white flowers that attract beneficial pollinators likes bees and butterflies and provide forage for rabbits (and humans).
  • Repels pests. A lawn rich in clover tends to discourage pesky insects, most of which prefer grasses. Grubs will disappear entirely in an all-clover lawn.
  • Sun or shade. Clover grows well in both sun and partial shade.
  • Dogs can pee on it. Clover doesn’t turn yellow from canine urine.

City Offices Closed for Labor Day Holiday

All City offices will be closed on Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. The refuse and recycling schedule will adjust as follows the holiday week:

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, September 3
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, September 4
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, September 5

Special and brush collections will only occur on Friday, September 6.



Yesterday’s Loud Explosion Came from at UMD’s Energy Plant building

Many residents reported a very loud boom shortly before 2 am yesterday early morning. A resident captured the boom at her home’s camera system.

According to our contact at the UMD, there was an unintended pressure release that caused both a flash and loud boom on Sunday, August 18, shortly before 2 a.m. While information is still being gathered, the cause initially appears to be an over pressurization contained within the equipment located in the university’s Energy Plant building.

Thankfully, no one was injured, and there was no utility loss to campus. Facilities Management is continuing to evaluate the incident in partnership with the power plant operator. There was no damage to the building.

Earlier, I checked with the Police about this mysterious noise. Police checked several places, but couldn’t found anything related to it. Our City staff also couldn’t find a call from residents at City’s hotline number.


The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes are popular among many dog owners and are sold in many pet stores but there are many unknown dangers associated with these types of leashes. Many of the leashes extend up to 26 feet and while this does give a dog a lot of freedom it can also put a dog in dangerous situations: face to face with an aggressive dog or even in front of a moving vehicle!

The retractable cord on this type of leash is very thin and if the correct size is not used, a dog can easily break the line and find himself lost or injured. If the owner should get tangled up in the leash while the dog walking erratically, it can cause cuts and burns to the soft tissue of hands, legs, and even faces. Retractable leashes are often the root of many pet store, vet office, and dog walking debacles. The freedom that they can grant really is not worth the hidden dangers.

[City of College Park – City’s Animal Welfare Committee]


Movie at the Museum

Friday, August 23, 2019

6:00 p.m., Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

College Park Aviation Museum 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr.

Enjoy a fun movie night under the stars and planets at the College Park Aviation Museum! There will be delicious treats, fun games and more. Bring your blanket and chairs to enjoy this aviation themed movie!

More details to come soon. Visit the City’s website, social media and Weekly Bulletin for updates!

[City of College Park]


Tips to Control Mosquitoes

The City of College Park cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. Larviciding treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva by preventing development into adult mosquitos. Spraying to control adult mosquitoes has begun and will run through September. Wednesday is the designated night when spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park. MDA doesn’t spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet established thresholds.

MDA has initiated a new mosquito complaint procedure; click here to provide your information.

Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services:

Any resident who wishes to have the frontage of their property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications, by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Click here for the application.

For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc.), mosquito “torpedos” can be used to target and control mosquito larvae. You can stop by the City’s Department Public Works to obtain a mosquito torpedo.

Tips to remove mosquito breeding sites:

  1. Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
  2. Turn over or store wading pools, pots and plastic containers.
  3. Dispose of all empty beverage containers, plastic wrappers, discarded toys, etc.
  4. Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps. Arrange the tarp so water drains away.
  5. Replace water in bird baths at least twice a week.
  6. Remove pet food and water dishes that are not being used.
  7. Flush water in the bottom of plant holders twice a week.
  8. Repair exterior water faucets that drip.
  9. Turn wheelbarrows upside down when stored outside.
  10. Check ornamental ponds, tree holes, and low areas that hold water for mosquito larvae. Mosquito Torpedos are available at Public Works to treat these areas.
  11. If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Report such conditions to a Mosquito Control Office. Do not attempt to clear these ditches because they may be protected by wetlands.

Contact the Mosquito Control Section of the Maryland Department of Agriculture for additional assistance and advice. For more information click here to visit their website or call them at 410-841-5870.

[City of College Park]


Today: Back to School Block Party

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ribbon Cutting: 8:45 a.m.
Block Party: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785



301-952-6380 | #PGCPSBlockParty | #PGCPS10KBackpacks


The PGCPS Back-to-School Block Party helps families prepare for the upcoming school year. The event features a free backpack giveaway (children must be present to receive a backpack). Features include: vendor booths, free vision and dental screenings for children, video game trucks, school and county resources, musical entertainment, food trucks and door prizes.

Register for a Free Backpack

You must register online to get a free backpack and the child must attend event to receive a backpack. Registration closes August 11 at midnight.



The Greenest of our Residents

Every year, the City’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) recognizes residents, businesses and other organizations in the community for their dilligence in promoting the welfare of the environment.

Think you live greenly? Awards are given out for nominees who have made outstanding local contributions to our environment via these four categories: Environmental 3-R’s ‘Reduce – Reuse – Recycle’, Environmentally Friendly Landscaping and Beautification, Conservation of Natural Resources and other Environmental Achievements.

In July, the CBE gave out four Green Awards to residents or businesses that took action to improve the environment of College Park. All were nominated by residents, community members or other businesses for their hard work. From picking up litter to educating the community about carbon-free methods of transportation, all award recipients worked hard to make our community greener and healthier.

And the winners are…

  • Russell Robinette (upper right picture) for picking up litter throughout Berwyn on a daily basis
  • Mr. Van & Mrs. Sangi Tluanga (home pictured at the top) for greening their home and yard and collecting litter in their neighborhood
  • Proteus Bikes represented by owner Laurie Lemieux (left picture) for its work in educating the community about biking and leading group bike rides to get more people riding bikes.
  • Stuart Adams for his efforts in mobilizing opposition to a proposed development on Route 1 that would have removed a last green space.

Congratulations to all our winners!

We Remember: It is with sadness that we note that Mrs. Sangi Tluanga passed away before she was presented with her award. She was excited to have received the invitation. We thank and remember her for her contributions to the community.

[City of College Park]


City’s FY19 Net Revenues are Up Despite a Decline in Fees and Fines

At this Tuesday’s meeting, City’s Finance Director presented the FY2019 Financial Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2019. According to the report, City lost $772,157 in the last fiscal year, mainly due to reduction in speed camera revenues. This is most likely due to the fact that motorists on City’s street more and more are complying with the speed limits on City streets. Despite the loss in revenues from the fees and fines, the overall expenditures went down during the same time, resulting in a total of $817K excess revenues over expenses.


Council Approves Referendum to Extend its Terms, Rejects Referendum on City Hall Budget

At last night’s meeting, the City Council voted on two referendum proposals.

Council approves unanimously two ballot questions with respect to whether voters support 1) two – or four-year terms for Mayor and Council and 2) staggered or concurrent terms for Council in the case of four-year terms. Late last year, the Council created a Charter Review Commission to evaluate the pros and cons of lengthening the term for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers to four years, solicit resident input on the matter, conduct other research as deemed appropriate and desirable by the Commission. The Commission surveyed several residents about the term extension. A good majority of residents rejected the itea of extending Council term.

Another motion to table the adoption of the ordinance 19-O-11 until the Mayor and Council refer the financing for the new City Hall to an advisory referendum, on the upcoming November 5, 2019, election, was rejected by 3-5 votes. Council members Kabir, Mitchel, and Kujawa voted in support of the referendum. A petition with around 200 signatures asking for the referendum was submitted before last night’s vote. Several residents also spoke in support of the referendum.


Free Health Festival Seeks Volunteers

The Mid-Maryland Dental Mission of Mercy & Health Equity Festival is going to take place on September 12-14, 2019, at the University of Maryland Xfinity Center.

The organizers are asking volunteers to sign up for the event. Please be a part of a monumental free dental clinic. Our goal for this MOM/HEF is to provide 1,000 patients with $2 million worth of pro bono dental care provided by 100s of volunteer dentists, hygienists and community volunteers like you.

Local dentists, hygienists and public health advocates, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington along with the University of Maryland School of Public Health Center for Health Equity, and many other community partners are sponsoring the event. Hundreds of volunteers – clinicians and lay people – will make this event a success.

To learn more and sign up to volunteer: https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/mom/

It’s going to be an incredible experience helping those who truly have nowhere else to turn for dental care.


Council to Vote on Borrowing Upto $19M for City Hall & Duvall Field Projects

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will host a public hearing and vote on an ordinance to borrow up to $19 Million for the public purpose of financing a new City Hall and Duvall Field renovations. If approved, the City plans to do this by authorizing and empowering the City to sell and issue, upon its full faith and credit, General Obligation Bonds.

On April 23, 2019 the City Council voted (7-1) to support the construction of a new City Hall building and plaza by limiting the borrowing of no more than $14 million. In addition to the City Hall project, the Council also got an estimate of $5 million to complete the second phase of Duvall Field project (with an option to build an artificial synthetic turf field).

City’s financial consultant is proposing to borrow a loan of up to $14 million for 30 years for the City Hall, and a loan of up to $5 million for 20 years for Duvall Field. For the combined loan of both projects, the yearly debt services cost (aka loan) for both projects is estimated at $1.1 million per year ($755,000 for City Hall and $347,000 for Duvall Field).

The City currently is also paying $560,000 for the parking garage debt service and $420,456 for the vehicle lease debt service. If the City borrows $19 million for both projects, the annual debt services to expenditure (City Budget) ratio will jump from the current 3% to around 9%. It is recommended to keep the ratio below 10%.

Once more accurate costs of both projects are known, the Council plans to take another vote on the bond resolution (to borrow the exact amount at its September 10 meeting.


Safety Barrier on US 1 May be Extended

At this week’s meeting, the Council will consider approving the continuation of the safety barrier on the east side of Baltimore Avenue from to Hartwick in Downtown College Park. The installation of the fence-style barrier along the curb for the half block to Hartwick will provide a safer environment and lower the probability of a pedestrian accident.

The design of the safety barrier is already utilized in the Downtown streetscape as a safety barrier on the southeast corner of Baltimore Avenue and Knox running south on Baltimore Avenue for approximately 200 feet.

The cost for this extension project is approximately $47,000. Funding will come from $40K in CIP Departmental Capital, $7000 Facility Reserve


Council Sets to Approve Advisory Questions for November Ballot on Council’s Term Extension

At this week’s meeting, the Council will vote to approve the draft ballot language of the advisory ballot on a proposal to extend the Council term.

Late last year, the Council created a Charter Review Commission to evaluate the pros and cons of lengthening the term for the office of Mayor and Councilmembers to four years, solicit resident input on the matter, conduct other research as deemed appropriate and desirable by the Commission. At the July 2, 2019 Worksession, the Mayor and Council discussed the report and decided to place advisory questions on the ballot for the November 5 election. The City Attorney and staff have worked on advisory ballot questions with respect to whether voters support 1) two- or four-year terms for Mayor and Council and 2) staggered or concurrent terms for Council in the case of four-year terms.

Here is the draft language the Council will consider to approve.
The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park currently serve two-year terms. They are seeking your input on two questions: 1) Should there be two- or four-year terms? and 2) If the terms are four years, should they run concurrently (resulting in an election for all City elected officials every four years), or should they be staggered (resulting in an election every two years for one Council seat from each district, and every four years for the Mayor)? Even if you do not support it if a four-year term were enacted in the future by the Mayor and Council, would you prefer concurrent or staggered terms?

Vote for One:
Q1: I support two-year terms for Mayor and City Council
Q2: I support four-year terms for Mayor and City Council

If City Council terms were changed to four-years:
Vote for One:
Q3: I would prefer staggered terms for the City Council
Q4: I would prefer concurrent terms for the City Council

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