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Mar
18
2020

WSSC to Suspend All Water Service Shutoffs

The World Health Organization has classified the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, as a global pandemic. The safety of the public, and the safety of our employees, is our top priority.

Considering this ongoing and escalating public health situation, WSSC Water is taking the following steps:

Suspending all water service shutoffs
Waiving late fees and working one-on-one with customers to customize payment plans
All WSSC Water scheduled public meetings have been postponed for the next 30 days (April 12).
This includes the WSSC Water Commission Meeting on Wednesday, March 18. All future in-person, public Commission meetings are postponed indefinitely until further notice.
The One-Stop-Shop and WSSC Water cashier, both located at WSSC Water’s building at 14501 Sweitzer Lane in Laurel, will be closed for the next 30 days (April 12).
WSSC Water’s Satellite Offices in both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties are closed for the next 30 days (April 12).
The Visitor’s Center at Brighton Dam will be closed for the next 30 days (April 12).
All in-home, non-emergency work, including meter reading, in-home water sampling and plumbing/gas inspections, will be suspended for one week and reassessed on a weekly basis.
All non-essential WSSC Water employees that can work from home are encouraged to telework for the foreseeable future.
For employees that cannot do productive work from home, supervisors will implement social distancing measures.

WSSC Water is actively monitoring the emerging health threat and working closely with our state and local health partners to exchange information and coordinate responses. We have an emergency plan in place to ensure continuity of operations and meet our clean-water needs.

Coronavirus Is Not Transmitted via Water/Sewage

Virus transmission is not a risk in drinking water or sewage.
Water utilities are working to ensure continuity of operations and encourage our region to continue preventive measures such as hand washing.
Water workers are protected by standard safety practices and personal protective equipment.

Additional Water-Related Points
Coronavirus has not been detected in drinking water.
Disinfectants, like chlorine, used to produce drinking water and treat sewage are effective to kill viruses.
Enveloped viruses, like the coronavirus, are more susceptible to disinfection and less stable in the environment.

General Coronavirus Prevention Tips

Health officials for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage the following everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To learn more about coronavirus and ways you can help prevent the spread of this disease, visit: CDC and the Maryland Department of Health

Mar
17
2020

City Council Meetings are Going Online

Due to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 outbreak, the future City Council meetings are moving online. Residents will be able to call in and provide comments before the COuncil votes. Please read more about this and other updates in the following update the City issued yesterday.

The City of College Park continues to prepare for and monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The City is following Centers for Disease Control and state and county health departments guidance. As a reminder, the CDC recommends that the general public continue to practice everyday actions (like washing hands often and staying home if sick) to prevent illness. For a full list of those actions, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Many City services like ticket payments, permits, applications, scheduling of special trash collections, ordering of compost, and more can be done via our website
(www.collegeparkmd.gov) or via phone (240-487-3500). We encourage our residents to utilize those resources prior to visiting any City facility.

To reduce the risk of transmission to our residents and staff, the City has directed eligible employees to telework, if reasonable, and has consolidated or suspended services that require direct interactions including in-home consultations, inspections, and in-person meetings. City Mayor and Council meetings will be held virtually starting March 17, 2020 until further notice (noted below).

Due to this continually evolving and unprecedented situation, and to adhere to the latest executive orders from Governor Larry Hogan, the City is announcing further changes to its services and activities. The safety of our residents and staff are our foremost concern.

We regret to announce the cancellation or suspension of the following events, activities and services until further notice:
All events, Seniors Program activities and community meetings;
All Department of Youth, Family & Services group meetings (including the Lakeland STARs tutoring program, Hispanic Parent Support Group, therapist-led school groups);
Public use of City facilities (including rentals);
Monthly City Board and Committee Meetings;
Notary services; and
Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services client meetings/sessions.

The following services and activities will be modified until further notice:
Mayor and Council meetings will now be held virtually. Residents can watch or participate in the meetings via WebEx by downloading the app. The City will provide the link, meeting number and password to participate via the City’s website and social media. A call-in number will also be provided and made available.
All City buildings will be closed to the public with the exception of the windows at City Hall (8400 Baltimore Avenue Suites #375 and #340) and at Davis Hall during normal business hours only;
All in-person meetings/consultations will be decided on a case by case basis, done via telephone or postponed;
City fields and recreational facilities are open, however all gatherings, games, and sporting events must be kept to under 50 people per the Governor’s executive order;
Only external property Code compliance and inspections will be conducted; and
Only external patrols and service for City Animal Control will be conducted.

As of now, the following services and activities will continue and not be disrupted:
Police patrols and emergency response;
Regular trash, recycling, bulk trash, and yard waste collections;
Compost pickup and deliveries;
Seniors Transportation Services for essential trips (medical appointments or medication which are vital or to purchase items that are essential for subsistence within the next 7-14 days grocery or medical trips only);
Application submission and processing for City building permits, variance and departures, homeownership grants, Business Assistance grants, and chain-link fence grants;
Parking enforcement; and
Department of Public Works April Cleanup Saturdays.

The state and county have initiated measures to help school-aged children and seniors in need access food during this difficult time. For information and locations for food distribution to children while schools are closed, please visit www.pgcps.org/Inside-PGCPS/2019-2020/Student-Meals-Available-During-COVID-19-Closures or mdsummermeals.org.

For food delivery information for seniors who typically receive meals at DFS Nutrition sites, please visit the Prince George’s County Nutrition Services website at www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1723/Nutrition-Services or call 301-265-8475. Seniors can also contact the College Park Meals on Wheels (301-474-1002 or mowcp.yolasite.com) or Neighbors Helping Neighbors (301-222-3434 or www.nhn-cp.org) to request services or volunteer. The College Park Community Food Bank will be open for food distribution on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. until noon; for more information visit www.collegeparkfoodbank.com.

As the situation continues to evolve, the City will continue to update the public as necessary. Please visit the City’s website (www.collegeparkmd.gov), sign up for the City’s emails (www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect) and follow the City’s Facebook (www.fb.com/collegeparkmd) and Twitter (@collegepark_md) for the latest and most up-to-date City news and information.

The City would like to remind residents to only share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments to reduce misinformation. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Maryland Department of Health: health.maryland.gov/coronavirus
Prince George’s County Department of Health: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus

Mar
16
2020

Tonight is the Deadline for College Park Recreation Needs Assessment Survey

With almost all activities canceled, there are still one important thing folks can do to feel productive: Respond to the College Park Recreation Needs Assessment Survey

College Park is currently running a Community Recreation Needs Assessment Survey that asks about recreational facilities, programs, transportation and services, and will assist in determining the current and future level of services for the community based on public input.  The survey was mailed to randomly selected City households earlier but is now open to every resident. The survey is looking for community input and addresses needs for every resident in College Park of ALL ages.  The deadline to respond to the survey is this coming tonight.

Please take the online survey: www.collegeparksurvey.org/open.  Make sure your voice is heard.

Mar
15
2020

More COVID-19 Cancellations: Good Neighbor Day, Maryland Day, and More..

1. Good Neighbor Day: Statement from the organizer: Part of being a “good neighbor” means considering the health of those in our community. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Good Neighbor Day 2020. Our partners and planning committee made a collective decision based on guidelines advising social distancing and avoiding large gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We extend a huge thank you to everyone who registered to volunteer with the projects, who pledged and provided support and supplies for the event and those involved in the planning. We are postponing Good Neighbor Day 2020 until the fall.

2. Maryland Day: In the light of the widespread cancellations due to the threat of COVID-19, the organizers have decided to CANCEL this year’s Maryland Day Celebration.

3. Book Festival canceled: The College Park Comunity Library also decided to cancel this year’s Book Festival scheduled for March 29th. They hope to reschedule in the fall. Additionally to closing the library until April 6th.

Mar
14
2020

Coronavirus Hotline

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, do not call 9-1-1, unless it’s an emergency. Call our hotline instead: 301-883-6627.
Do not show up at the doctor’s without calling first.
For up to date information, visit: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus
#PGCCOVID19
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Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes sobre COVID-19, no llame al 9-1-1, a menos que sea una emergencia. En su lugar, llame a nuestra línea directa: 301-883-6627.
No se presente en la consulta del médico sin llamar primero.
Para información, visite: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus
#PGCCOVID19

Mar
13
2020

CITY UPDATE – CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

The City of College Park continues to prepare for and monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The City is following Centers for Disease Control and state and county health departments guidance to ensure we are aware of the latest information and recommended action for our area.
As of March 12, 2020 there are 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, including four in Prince George’s County. The CDC recommends that the general public continue to practice everyday actions (like washing hands often and staying home if sick) to prevent illness. For a full list of those actions, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Many City services like ticket payments, permits, applications, scheduling of special trash collections, ordering of compost, and more can be done via our website (www.collegeparkmd.gov) or via phone (240-487-3500). We encourage our residents to utilize those resources prior to visiting any City facility.
To help reduce the risk of transmission, the CDC has recommended social distancing measures including reducing activities particularly for those with increased risk of several illness. On March 12, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order prohibiting all events of more than 250 people.  The safety of our residents and staff are our foremost concern. We regret to announce the cancellation of the following events, activities and services:
  • Census Palooza (March 21);
  • Brunch with Bunny (March 28);
  • Spring Egg Hunt (April 4);
  • Lakeland STARs tutoring program until further notice;
  • Hispanic Parent Support Group Meetings until further notice;
  • Youth & Family Services therapist-led school groups until further notice;
  • Strategic Plan Community Meetings postponed to a later date;
  • Rental of City facilities and use of City facilities for community meetings until further notice;
  • Monthly City Board and Committee Meetings for the next 30 days or until further notice;
  • Notary services until further notice;
  • Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services client meetings/sessions until further notice; and
  • Seniors Program Weekly Social Activities, Events and Trips until further notice.
As of now, the following services and activities will continue and not be disrupted:
  • Mayor and Council meetings;
  • Police patrols and emergency response;
  • Regular refuse, recycling and special trash collections;
  • Seniors Transportation Services for essential trips;
  • Code compliance and inspections;
  • Parking enforcement; and
  • Department of Public Works April Cleanup Saturdays.
As the situation continues to evolve, the City will continue to update the public as necessary. Please visit the City’s website (www.collegeparkmd.gov), sign up for the City’s emails (www.collegeparkmd.gov/cpconnect) and follow the City’s Facebook (www.fb.com/collegeparkmd) and Twitter (@collegepark_md) for the latest and most up-to-date City news and information.
The City would like to remind residents to only share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments to reduce misinformation. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:
Mar
12
2020

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: Stone Industrial Development and Washington Gas Pipe Replacement

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

[UPDATE: 5:19 pm: This meeting has been canceled]

Please see below tonight’s NCPCA meeting agenda, at Davis Hall, at 7:00pm

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change. Draft minutes of the February 9, 2020 NCPCA meetingwill be distributed at the meeting and be posted at www.myncpca.org

7:00 Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
7:05 Introduction of County Councilmember of Tom Dernoga and staff who will conduct a Community Conversation
The Stone Straw property and the proposal to build a residential complex will be discussed first. Residents are encouraged to bring up other items of concern.
8:20 Break with refreshments
8:30 Update on Income Taxes 2020 – Larry Bleau will provide his annual update on income taxes for 2020.
8:40 Jose Cadiz, Lead Coordinator of Good Neighbor Day, will discuss a possible project for Good Neighbor Day, Saturday, April 4 to be co-sponsored by NCPCA.
8:55 Washington Gas representatives will speak about a pipe replacement project on the following streets: Paducah Rd., Steward Ct., 51st Ave., 52nd Ave., Palco Place, and Odessa Rd.
9:10 Approval of Minutes & Officers Reports — Minutes of the February 9, 2020 meeting will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.
9:15 Announcements — Members, elected officials and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

[Due to Coronavirus outbreak, ‘at-risk’ residents are encouraged to take precautions in attending all public events with large gathengs]

 

Mar
11
2020

Cancellations and Closures in the Area Due to COVID-19

UMD Classes Moving Online
The University will have reduced operations the week of March 23, 2020, and will be moving to an online environment starting March 30, 2020 and continuing at least to April 10, 2020. Click here for more information.

Also, UMBC, Towson, Salisbury, American extend spring breaks as area coronavirus cases are mounting. Please see here for more.

UMD Staff and Students Self-quarantining
At least a handful of University of Maryland journalism faculty members and students are self-quarantining after attending a conference last week where one attendee tested presumptively positive for the coronavirus, according to an email sent this morning by the journalism school dean.

Senior Art Show and Reception Canceled
The Sr. Art Show and Reception at the CSC this Friday, 4 -8 pm is canceled. In a statement, the organizer said: “We were so looking forward to gathering for this very special event, but the growing virus concerns have made it seem most prudent. Should we have an opportunity to reschedule in the future, you will be the first to know. Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. Stay well and please share the news with any of your friends and family planning to attend.”

Also, canceled or postponed: *HAP, Pain Management Program, Sat., Mar 14, 9:30 am, Hyattsville Municipal Bldg. *Second Saturday Lecture, Sat., Julie Schejbal, Atty at Law, Mar 14, 5:00 pm, Church of the Brethren, Univ PK 5 pm.

Eleanor Roosevelt High and College Park Academy Closed
Today Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) was notified that an individual affiliated with Eleanor Roosevelt High School and College Park Academy had close contact with someone who traveled to a country under a high-risk coronavirus (COVID-19) warning. As a precaution, both schools will be closed Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 for cleaning and sanitizing. The closures affect all programming at the school, including before and after-school activities and all athletic, extracurricular and weekend events. Students and staff will return Monday, March 16.

Public Performances at Clarice Canceled
The following changes to The Clarice’s performance schedule have been announced starting today, March 11 through Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Performances and events scheduled during the above mentioned dates are canceled.
If you have a ticket to any of these performances, you will receive a separate email from The Clarice Ticket Office with information about returns and refunds. For questions or concerns, please email: tickets-theclarice@umd.edu or call 301.405.2787.
The Clarice Ticket Office will be closed for Spring Break March 14 through 22, 2020, and will reopen Monday, March 23, 2020, at noon.
As the university is not closing, staff will report to work either in person or via telework.
We also regret to share that Maryland Day 2020 is canceled.

Mar
10
2020

City Employees’ Health Insurance Premiums will Go Down

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider awarding the contracts for health, dental, workers’ compensation, and property and liability insurances for FY2021, for a total budgeted cost of $ 1,608,415.

The health insurance plan is self-insured through a cooperative arrangement with the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) and benefits are administered through Cigna. For the first time, the insurance premiums will decrease in the upcoming year. The decrease to estimated premiums from FY2020 to FY2021 will be 4.7% ($1,298,962, from $1,363,509 in FY2020), due to a reduction in medical claims over the past two rating periods.

The City offers eligible employees the choice between two dental plans. Exact premium increases will not be available until May. Our broker advises us to increase the total budget by 6%. Based on current enrollment, the budgeted expense will be $66,775, an approximate increase of $3,780.

Workers Compensation is insured by Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company. The increased cost of coverage for FY2021 is expected to be minimal, just 1.7% more than last year’s estimate. The budgeted cost will be $343,976, which is an increase of $5,809. The small increase is due to a significant reduction in the premium for police officers and a 23% discount based on our relationship and good safety record.

The City’s various liability policies are all insured by the Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) or its partners and include general liability, auto, public officials’ liability, police liability, property damage, boiler and machinery, pollution legal liability, crime bond, cyber coverage, Metro underpass coverage, and flood and earth movement coverage. Next year’s expense will increase 5% over actual cost (which was less than budgeted) for an expected total cost of $158,494.

Mar
9
2020

New Zone Proposed for Hollywood Commercial District

The City Council will consider approving a letter to the Clerk of the County Council with written testimony on the Countywide Map Amendment.

The Prince George’s County Council adopted a new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision regulations in October 2018, but they will not become effective until new countywide zoning maps are approved. The process for approving these maps is known as the CMA and was initiated by the County Council in July 2019. The CMA is intended to be a technical, non-substantive exercise that replaces the current zone on each property with a similar new zone. You can see the existing and the proposed zones of each property in the county using the online swiping tool: http://zoningpgc.pgplanning.com/zoning-swipe-tool/ . There will be a Joint Public Hearing of the Prince George’s County District Council and Planning Board on the CMA on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Prince George’s Community College.

For most property in College Park, this is a one-to-one zone replacement with minimal change. For example, the existing R-55 zone (one-family detached residential) has a maximum density of 6.7 dwelling units per acre) and is the prevalent zoning category in City neighborhoods. It will be replaced with the RSF-65 zone (residential single-family) with a maximum density of 6.7 dwelling units per acre). The only substantive regulatory change is an increase in height from 30 feet to 35 feet and the elimination of the requirement for both side yards to equal 17 feet.

For the Hollywood commercial district, two different zones are proposed for this area, CGO (Commercial, General and Office and CN (Commercial Neighborhood). Currently, the district is part of the US1 DDOZ Corridor Infill area and is zoned C-S-C. (Commercial Shopping Center). These zones are inconsistent with the direction of the Decision Matrix to rezone the entire area to NAC (Neighborhood Activity Center). No rationale was provided for this decision and staff believes the NAC zone would be more appropriate for properties north of Edgewood Road. The purpose of the NAC zone is to provide for lower-density, small-scale, mixed-use centers that serve the surrounding neighborhood and are well connected to transit. The maximum allowed height and density is less than the CGO zone and slightly more than the CN zone although the CN and NAC zones are very similar. The west side of Rhode Island Avenue is zoned CGO and the east side is zoned CN although the conditions are very similar. The property on the south side of Edgewood Road is largely comprised of the Hollywood Shopping Center and is appropriately reclassified as CGO. Staff is recommending changing that to NAC zone as well, to keep it consistent with the proposed zone in the rest of the Hollywood commercial district.

Mar
8
2020

MD House Passes Bill on Kirwan Commission School Funding Plan

On March 6, 2020, the House passed the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, HB 1300, by a vote of 96-41. The bill is based on the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, which worked for three years to shape the proposal.

The plan’s key policies include: expanding early childhood education for 3- and 4-year-olds, promoting college and career readiness, closing the achievement gap, expanding career opportunities for teachers, and providing accountability measures requiring improvements by individual schools.

Many of the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations have begun taking effect already including new career and technical education programs, early childhood education expansion, and establishment of community schools in high poverty areas. A funding phase-in would be over a 10-year period and will cost the state $2.9 billion and counties $1.1 billion by FY 2030. This is about establishing a world-class education system for all Maryland children including those with special needs, English language learners, and students living in poverty. The bill now goes to the Senate — let’s keep advocating for Senate support that preserves the House reforms!

The text of the final House bill is not yet available, but you can click here to see the most recent version.

Mar
7
2020

UMD’s Child Development Center, Operated by Bright Horizons, is Scheduled to Open this Summer!

The Center is located on the City’s property at 4601 Calvert Road. In return for leasing the property at no cost to the University, City residents not affiliated with the University have priority for 14 slots at the Center. City residents who are affiliated with the University are also given priority.

Family Information Sessions are scheduled for March 10, 11, 31, and April 1—please go to www.brighthorizons.com/umd for the location and times for each session. Enrollment interest starts March 10.

Mar
6
2020

City of College Park Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019

STATEMENT – MARCH 6, 2020
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and county health departments in Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. area are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The City of College Park is monitoring information from local health departments to ensure we are aware of the latest information and recommended action for our area. We are developing and implementing systems that will enable certain City services to be conducted online or via the phone. To ensure the continuity of services, the City is also identifying services that staff could accomplish remotely if that becomes necessary.

As of right now, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County, Maryland. All three individuals have been quarantined and had contracted the disease from recent travel on the same trip. “This is not a reason to panic,” stated Governor Larry Hogan at the March 5, 2020 press conference announcing the confirmed cases. “Marylanders should go to work or go to school… just as they normally would.”

The CDC considers the general public’s immediate health risk to be low at this time. While there currently is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Take the following everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases (including the cold and flu):
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please consult a medical professional. It is recommended that you call ahead.

Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments.

The City of College Park does not have its own health department, but will continue to keep our residents informed as needed. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Maryland Department of Health: health.maryland.gov/coronavirus
Prince George’s County Department of Health: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus
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240.487.3508
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Mar
5
2020

Seniors Art Show and Reception Fri Mar 13

YOU’RE INVITED to the 5th Annual Seniors ART SHOW AND RECEPTION, Friday, March 13, 2020, 4 pm – 8 pm, UMD Catholic Student Center, 4141 Guilford Dr, College Park 20740

Featured works include paintings, photographs, pottery and sculpture, textiles, needle and fabric art.  Some art work will be available for purchase.   For more information, contact College Park Arts Exchange info@cpae.org, 301-927-3013.

This is a community-building activity open to all ages and supported by the City of College Park and the College Park Community Foundation.   Do come!

WHEN YOU ARRIVE        

Disability access and/or exhibit drop-off available in the lot behind the Catholic Student Center (CSC).   Free parking available 4pm – 12pm at the University’s MOWATT LANE PARKING GARAGE across from the CSC. Follow visitor signs to enter the garage.  PARK ONLY in “Lot U2” on LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2.  DO NOT PARK IN LOT 19. You will be cited.  “Lot U2” signs are painted on the side walls of the designated U2 sections.

Mar
4
2020

Availability of the YFS-Recreation Space for Community Use

Good news! The City has made the necessary arrangements to enable the use of the Recreation Side of the Youth and Family Services  (YFS, at 4912 Nantucket Rd) building space for meetings, on the schedule shown below.  The following information is now posted on City’s website:

Rental at YFS – Recreation Side, 4912 Nantucket Road, is arranged by the City Clerk’s office. 

This Facility is not available for private events.  The Facility will be available free of charge for meetings of College Park civic organizations, approved charitable organizations and clubs whose membership is comprised of a majority of College Park residents.  This facility is best suited for small community meetings, rather than parties.  Because this Facility is shared with M-NCPPC, there are certain rules regarding the existing equipment and supplies that must be followed.  Further details can be found on the Rules and Regulations/Rental Usage Permit Application.
Available days/hours for this Facility:
·        Weekday mornings from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
·        Mondays 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
·        Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
·        Sundays 12 noon – 9:30 p.m.
Please call 240-487-3501 for additional information or to make a reservation.

This space differs from other City spaces in several ways.  Please note –

  • This space is for community-based events rather than for private events; i.e., it is not a rental space, per se.
  • This space is not for regular meetings of Boards or Committees, however, it could be used for an occasional workshop or special meeting that a committee needs to hold.
  • Application is made through the Clerk’s office, not through YFS
  • Access will be made through the use of an electronic lock, whose code will be provided upon completion of paperwork.  There will be no caretaker involved.
  • Availability is limited to the hours/times shown above.

If you have further questions, please contact City’s Clerk office at Janeen S. Miller, email: jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov

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