Police Community Meeting – September 5, 2019

Our Community-Police meetings give our residents an excellent opportunity to meet our police officers who work very hard to make our neighborhood a safer place to live for everyone. The meeting is open to all residents of College Park. Please bring your public safety/crime-related questions directly to these officers. Details below. Hope to see many of you this Thursday at 7 pm at the MoM’s Cafe. Thank you.

Residents Tell Their Recreational Needs

This week, about 150 residents engaged in several focus group community meetings to share their thoughts about the recreational needs in the City. There were 4 focus group meetings for senior residents and 3 for residents of all ages. The City secured a consulting group, called Greenplay LLC., to run these community meetings.

The final Public Forum happened last night at the Youth and Family Services building on Nantucket Road. About 25 residents of all ages attended the meeting (photo below). The consultants presented the findings from the focus group meetings and took further inputs from the residents.

The consultant will now compile all inputs from the stakeholders and the focus group members. This should be available on City’s website in a few days, most likely after the Labor Day Holiday. The consultant will also conduct a statistically significant survey among the community at large. They will randomly select about 3500 City residents for this survey. After that, they will publish the survey on City’s website, so that additional residents can take the survey.

Thanks, everyone who attended these community meetings and gave some very important feedback!

College Park B&G Club Opens Sports Registration

SMARTLEAF Compost is 25% Off Now through October 31 for Pickup Orders Only!

For a limited time only, get your screened SMARTLEAF compost for only $21/cubic yard when you pick up at our facility. This 25% savings won’t last long – promotion ends on October 31, 2019 or while supplies last. Residency is not required.

Pick up your compost at:
City of College Park
Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue
College Park, MD 20740

For more information, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/compost or call 240.487.3590.

*While supplies last. For pickup orders only. Promotion ends 10/31/2019.
[City of College Park]

Back to School Supply Drive

The  Rotary Club of College Park  and UMD Office of Community Engagement have teamed up for a back to school drive! Help our local youth get ready for the new school year by donating supplies for local schools. Bring all supplies to Marie Mount Hall, 7814 Regents Dr, Suite 0303 by September 2, 2019 or make amonetary donation online.


UMD Fall Semester Move-Ins – Expect Higher Traffic than Usual

The University of Maryland’s fall semester is almost here! Scheduled mass student move-ins have already begun resulting in changes to traffic flow.

Please be aware of pedestrians along City road and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening during the campus and off-campus move-in. The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) will be on-site providing traffic assistance.

The main campus move-in will continue until today. Expect higher traffic than normal during this time; Knox Road will have one-way traffic heading west, however, two-way traffic will be permitted between Baltimore Avenue and Guilford Drive/Mowatt Lane.

[City of College Park]

City Council Meeting Rebroadcasts

[City of College Park announcement]
Due to the start of the new City Hall project, City Council meetings will be held in Davis Hall beginning September 3.

City staff and a contractor are relocating audio-visual equipment from City Hall to Davis Hall and therefore the scheduled re-broadcast of Council meetings will not be possible between August 16 and September 3. The slides on the cable channels will continue to be broadcast.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

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. If the pests you are fighting are bed bugs, contact https://www.nybedbugdogs.com/bronx-ny-bed-bug-exterminator/ immediately for extermination.
  • 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. This type of treatment is what True Pest Control does to control mosquitoes for their clients. 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. Contact a pest control company like the mosquito control in Melbourne for treatment of individual properties or visit their website. You may also schedule regular pest control services to ensure that these disease-carrying pests don’t come back and invade your home. Some pest control companies are now using the most efficient pest control software so they can provide a better service.

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.

Special thanks to pest control Melbourne for these useful tips.

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.

[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.