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City to Ask Continue Funding for North College Park Community Center Feasibility Study

This year’s (FY2020) M-NCPPC budget has allocated $250,000 towards the feasibility study to build a community center in north College Park. The Cty Council will ask the M-NCPPC to continue funding the study in the next year’s budget.

The Prince George’s County Planning Board of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) annually schedules fall public forums to solicit comments on the Commission’s upcoming budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George’s County. Public comments may be submitted until October 21, 2019.

The M-NCPPC budget is funded in part by a property tax ($0.294 per $100 of assessed value) on the property in the City.

Based on the Council Worksession discussion on October 1, 2019, the City’s letter requests M-NCPPC to consider the following projects in the upcoming budget:

  1. A new bike/pedestrian bridge and trail connection from the Paint Branch Park to the trail system on the west side of the river
  2. $250,000 (from FY20 budget) Feasibility Study for a community facility in north College Park
  3. Funding for trail lighting in high traffic areas of the trail system in College Park, particularly the Paint Branch Trail north of MD 193
  4. Continued funding ($50,000) for senior services by the City’s Department of Youth, Family, and Senior Services
  5. Improvements to Hollywood Park.

Additionally, staff will meet with M-NCPPC staff to discuss the following issues that can be addressed without creating a new project line item in the M-NCPPC budget:

  1. Removal of unneeded and extraneous barbed-wire and chain link fencing in the Lake Artemesia area.
  2. Improved maintenance of trail signage.
  3. Request information regarding recent growth in demand for park and recreation services in the College Park area, and M-NCPPC investments to meet the demand.
  4. Request M-NCPPC staff to review the traffic levels, road conditions, and pedestrian safety on Old Calvert Road in the Paint Branch Community Park. Consider sidewalk from Edmonston Road along Old Calvert Road to Campus Drive.
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