Community Meeting on the Future of the Stone Straw Industrial Property

Join the City for a community meeting on the future of the Stone Straw Industrial Property.
Monday, April 5, 2021
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Virtual Gardening workshop April 5, 7-8 pm.

Gardening workshop with Esther Mitchell
Monday, April 5, 7-8 pm by zoom

College Park Arts Exchange and the City of College Park Committee for a Better Environment present Master Gardener Esther Mitchell with
Planning your Food Garden.

When spring comes, putting in a garden becomes an attractive idea. When can you start? How far do you need to plan ahead? What kinds of plants should you choose? Master Gardener Esther Mitchell helps you tackle these common questions and more. Please contact info@cpae.org for zoom link to this FREE event.

County Enters Phase 2A of COVID-19 Vaccination

Last week, Prince George’s County entered Phase 2A for COVID-19 vaccines. Now, individuals ages 60 and older who have pre-registered are eligible to receive appointments with our County Health Department. In many states health institutions are using coronavirus medical trailers so they can reach out more people with this vaccination campaigns.

Seniors in Phase 1 will continue to be prioritized for appointments.

According to County Executive Alsobrooks, given the increase in vaccine supply, those in Phase 2A and later phases will not have to wait as long to receive their vaccine. Alsobrooks encouraged residents to pre-register so they can join the growing number of Prince Georgians who are Proud to be Protected from COVID-19.

Individuals in Phase 2A include adults 60 years of age and older.

To prepare for this next phase of vaccinations, individuals who live or work in Prince George’s County must pre-register in order to receive a vaccine appointment with the Prince George’s County Health Department. No walk-ups are being accepted at Health Department vaccination clinics.

Eligible individuals in Phase 1 who have not yet pre-registered with the County Health Department are still encouraged to do so at http://bit.ly/PGCVaccineForm. Individuals in future phases are also encouraged to pre-register at this time. When the County enters future phases of vaccine distribution, those individuals that have pre-registered will receive a notification that they are able to receive a vaccine appointment.

For the latest updates about COVID-19 vaccines in Prince George’s County, or to learn more about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, visit mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine.

You can also register at a number of local pharmacies and hospitals near College Park for COVID vaccination. To see a list of the vaccine sites, please check here.

Proposed Street Resurfacing Work for FY2022

Yesterday, the Mayor and Council completed the day-long worksession going over the proposed FY2022 budget. As part of the discussion, the City engineer shared the pavement management plan, which includes the proposed resurfacing work for the new fiscal year. Please see the proposed streets (in red) on the map below.

Important Listening Session-Cherokee Lane Elementary Proposed Relocation for FY2021-2022

If you aren’t aware of the current situation with Cherokee Lane Elementary. There is a current proposal to relocate staff and children in the Fall of 2021 to Middleton Valley Elementary(4815 Dalton Street, Camp Springs, MD). The approximate communication would be one hour each way. This move helps facilitate the construction work for the new school being built at the current location. There are also plans to use a thruway from Metzerott Road to provide better access for parents/school system for drop off and pick up to the school. This meeting aims to understand Prince George’s County’s Relocation proposal. The discussion will be facilitated by School Board Members David Murray and Joshua Thomas and elicit comments from parents and the community. Please feel free to send me an email with any questions.

Tomorrow: Free Community Health Clinic

Need a second opinion from a Doctor Stop by at 5301 Edgewood Rd on Saturday for a free community health clinic.

Community Meeting with WSSC

NEW DATE: COMMUNITY MEETING WITH WSSC. *This meeting has been rescheduled to the new date below* Topic: Community Meeting with WSSC Time: Mar 29, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting zoom.us/j/92474847949. Meeting ID: 924 7484 7949 Passcode: 417551

How to Watch Tomorrow’s Budget Worksession?

The City of College Park will hold a Budget Worksession tomorrow, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.
Click Here for the Budget Worksession agenda.
Click Here to view the FY2022 City of College Park Proposed Operating Budget.
To watch or participate in the meeting at 8:00 a.m., please CLICK HERE.
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Corridor Conversations: Understanding The Power Of Stories In Our Lives

Description: Join nationally recognized author, educator, and former neighbor Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., to learn about how the power of myths and ancient stories apply to our lives today, and how they can inspire and influence us  Dr. Pearson has developed tools to help us recognize these stories.  Discover how your story, once recognized, can help you better understand your life and chart a path through difficult decisions.

Click here to register for this event.

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  • Hyattsville Aging in Place
  • Helping Hands University Park
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors – College Park, &
  • Explorations on Aging College Park

HAPcares@gmail.com  Tel: 3018873101

Council Approves the Construction Funding of the Hollywood Streetscape Project

Proposed parklet design of the Hollywood Streetscape project

I want to thank our residents, local business owners, City staff, and my Council colleagues for their decade-long support and engagement in taking the Hollywood Streetscape project to the construction phase.

With last night’s approval, the construction of this $2.8 million project is expected to start next month and to be completed in November, this year.

Once completed, the project will add parklets, safe bike lanes and sidewalks, intersection improvements, shade trees, pedestrian-scale lighting, landscaping, benches, and public arts to the Hollywood commercial district around the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road.

Additionally, City’s public investment is expected to invite private investments to help revitalize this important commercial district of College Park.

Bike to Work Day – May 21, 2021

The Washington, DC region’s 20th Anniversary Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 21, 2021.
Even if you’ll still be working from home in May, get exercise by biking to a T-shirt Pickup Point (pit stop at Duvall Field) and then back home to work for the day.
The first 15,000 who register and arrive at a pit stop by bike will receive a free T-shirt. Use this link to register: https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/register.

Time to Show Your Support for the Hollywood Streetscape Project

After many years of delay, the Hollywood Streetscape project is finally ready for its construction contract award at tomorrow’s City Council meeting. The City has been working on this project to improve the appearance and functionality of the area around the corner of Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue.

The area is generally lacking in aesthetics and has seen minimal private investment in the preceding decades. We hope that once completed, the project will help invite private investment around the shopping complex area.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving a contract, to Olney Masonry in the amount of $2,802,300 for the construction of the Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape Project. The City issued a bit for proposal in early January. Eight bids were received. The total bids including add alternates ranged from $2,187,464.60 – $4,168,090.76. The engineer’s estimate was $2,740,908. Based on a thorough evaluation of this information, staff and the engineer recommended that the contract be awarded to the second-lowest bidder, Olney Masonry, in the amount of $2,802,300. This company has a long-standing reputation for doing quality work for Prince George’s County and many local municipalities and received superlative references.

The work includes, without limitation:
• Reconstructing sidewalks along Rhode Island Avenue.
• Restriping vehicle lanes on Rhode Island Avenue to include protected bike lanes.
• Reconstructing bus stops on Rhode Island Avenue to provide additional amenities.
• Constructing three new parklet areas, one at the corner of Muskogee Street and Rhode Island Avenue, and two in the Rhode Island Avenue service lanes north of Edgewood Road.
• Reconstructing the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Niagara Road to enhance safety and accessibility.
• Constructing a new trail connection along Muskogee Street from Rhode Island Avenue to Narragansett Parkway.
• Improving safety at the intersection of Narragansett Parkway and Edgewood Road by reconstructing curb ramps and curb extensions.
• Landscaping throughout the project, with the assistance of professionals like the Naperville landscaping contractor, but focused in the parklet areas.
• Constructing three new stormwater management facilities utilizing precast filter structures and common reinforced concrete pipes, manholes and inlets.
• Installing new pedestrian-scale lighting.

You can see a summary of the project’s elements here on this 2019 blog post.

Please attend tomorrow’s Council meeting and testify in support of the project. In case you cannot attend the meeting, please send your comments to the Mayor and Council at cpmc@collegeparkmd.gov before 5 pm tomorrow. You can learn more about this Council agenda item below in 21-G-27.

Thank you for Joining FY22 Budget Town Hall

Thank you all who joined yesterday’s budget town hall by District 1 and 4 Council members. We had a robust conversation on quite a few topics of the proposed new budget. We’ll continue to gather your questions on the budget and hope to discuss them next Saturday’s budget worksession. You can watch the video and the PowerPoint here:

Video Link
PowerPoint Link

Free Tree Giveaway

If you are a Prince George’s County resident, you can get up to two trees per family. The trees are 1-2′ willow oaks and can grow up to 60′ tall and 40′ wide. These beautiful trees are Prince George’s County tree. This is a drive-thru event.

Get up to two free trees per family. This giveaway is being funded by the Prince George’s County Soil Conservation District.

Please click here to register.

This Weekend’s Budget Town Hall – An Opportunity to Tell Your Elected Officials about Your Tax Dollars

Do you know College Park’s budget document puts “Residents of College Park” on top of the Mayor and Council? It’s the duty of the Mayor and Council to listen to the residents who elect them and be a good steward of their precious tax dollars.
This Saturday, at 4 p.m., please join District 1 and 4 Council members for a virtual town hall to learn more about the proposed FY2022 College Park budget. This is your opportunity to share your feedback and ideas on how to make our city a better place to live, work, and play! Please share!
Join by Phone: (301) 715 – 8592
Meeting ID: 849 1794 6314 Passcode: 555515