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Top 5 Reasons to Attend National Night Out, Reason 2: Activities for the Whole Family!

The second reason to attend next Tuesday’s National Night Out is that there will be fun activities for kids of all ages! City will provide FREE snow cones, popcorns, and other activities, as well as a visit from our local fire department! And while you’re there, you can find out about how to protect your child with a child identification kit to help the police know who your child is if he or she gets lost.

More than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 3, hoping to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood friends, and send a message to criminals letting them know that their neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. In North College Park, National Night Out will take place at the Duvall Field Plaza  (9119 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD) from 7 pm- to 8:30 pm. Please come out and spread the word. Thank you!

Top 5 Reasons to Attend National Night Out. Reason 1: Meet Your Local Police Officers

The annual Community Public Safety event, “the National Night Out” will be back this year – on August 3rd.

The first reason to attend next Tuesday’s National Night Out is to meet your local police officers. The event is designed to build bridges between the community and the police. Our officers help protect us and our families from crime. Please come bring your questions about recent crime trends and how the police are responding to them and working to prevent crime in the future. Also, learn helpful tips and tricks on how to protect yourself from common types of crime.

More than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 3, hoping to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood friends, and send a message to criminals letting them know that their neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. In North College Park, National Night Out will take place at the Duvall Field Plaza ( (9119 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD) ) from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Please come out and spread the word! Thank you!

August Public Safety Meeting – Rats in the Neighborhood

August Special Topic: Rat Prevention & Control with guest speaker Chelle Hartzer.

Please join City Elected Officials, Police, Department of Public Services staff, and your neighbors from all around the City, for an informative monthly community meeting. When : Monday, August 9, 7:30 pm – 9 pm

This meeting takes place every second Monday of the month via zoom.

Zoom link:

This community meeting will discuss City-wide crime statistics, recent incidents of public interest, neighborhood watch tips, and special public safety-related topics such as consulting professionals from to address pest concerns. To facilitate City-wide participation, there will be virtual meetings that you may join in from your home.

Please invite your neighbors so that this useful information may be shared throughout the City.

About the speaker:
Chelle Hartzer is the consulting entomologist at 360PFSC and has been helping clients solve complicated pest issues for over a decade. With an in-depth knowledge of the food industry, pest control industry, and sensitive accounts (like pharmaceuticals, zoos, and food processing), she works with clients like Team Veterans to improve their pest control programs.

Chelle has worked for major pest control companies for over a decade, to learn more check out Drake. She holds a BS in Entomology with a wildlife conservation concentration from the University of Delaware and an MS in Entomology from Kansas State University as well as being a Board Certified Entomologist in Urban and Structural Entomology.

Stuff the Bus – School Bus Drive

County DPW&T’s Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive will be accepting school supplies for students Monday through Friday from 10AM – 2PM now through Monday, August 16, at 9400 Peppercorn Place in Largo. Please spread the word.

Update on the Rhode Island / Greenbelt Road Intersection Improvement Project

In case you’re interested in knowing the latest update on Greenbelt Road at Rhode Island Avenue project, here is what is happening.

  • The bike lane striping across Greenbelt Road is incomplete and there is a low spot in the crown of the road as you can see in the photograph.
  • Staff spoke with the current project manager this morning about the incomplete work. The project manager is going to meet with the contractor later today to go over our concerns and other items that need to be corrected.
  •  The Contractors contract should be over this coming October and the work should be totally complete.  Hopefully, the project will be completed sooner.

Here is a little background in case you’re interested:

There was always a pedestrian safety problem at this intersection because you had to cross 5 lanes of traffic.  The problem became more evident in 2014 when SHA resurfaced and restriped Greenbelt Road.  A left-turning problem developed at Rhode Island Avenue that made the Pedestrian problem worse. In 2016 SHA began to address the pedestrian crossing problem.

Thanks to our City staff who have been keeping an eye on the project..

Park Finder – An Interactive Tool to Find Local Park.

The PGParks is offering a new resource to assist in finding amenities near you!

ParkFinder is an interactive map to find local parks, community centers, museums, art centers, pools, and more. You can search facilities based on name, amenity types, and ADA-compliant features. Try it out today at

¡Nos complace ofrecer un nuevo recurso para ayudarlo a encontrar facilidades cerca de usted! “ParkFinder” es un mapa interactivo para encontrar parques locales, centros comunitarios, museos, centros de arte, piscinas y más. Puede buscar instalaciones según el nombre, los tipos de servicios y las características que cumplen con la ADA. Pruébelo hoy en

Planning Board Reverses Votes to Approve Beltway Expansion

Last week, the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to include the toll lanes project in its long-range transportation plan.

The vote on Wednesday reversed a decision in June to remove the toll lanes from the TPB plan. There are many more challenges ahead for MDOT before ground can be broken on this project.

Critics have complained that “Governor Hogan’s campaign to win the TPB vote was an exercise in political bullying, including misleading attack ads and threats to cancel funding for other transportation projects. The threat to defund other projects was effective, despite the fact that he had not even included them in his transportation spending plan.”

More here:

In High-Stakes Vote, Transportation Board Revives Hogan Highway Plan
Maryland Matters, July 21, 2021

Regional Board Reverses Vote, Approves Controversial Toll Lanes for Beltway and I-270 in Maryland
dcist, July 21, 2021

Tolls for I-270, parts of Beltway, back on list of DC-area long-term plans
WTOP, July 21, 2021

City Council Reiterates its Opposition of I-495 Beltway Expansion

At last week’s Council meeting, the College Park City Council approved a letter reiterating its concerns about the widening of the I-495 beltway. The letter reads:

The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park wish to take this opportunity to restate our strong opposition to the proposed widening and addition of toll lanes for I-495 and I-270. We are concerned that the project will not protect the best interests of Maryland’s taxpayers and will negatively impact the environment and our residents. We remain concerned about the project’s negative environmental impacts and damage to the quality of life in neighborhoods adjacent to the roads.

While road widening may provide short-term congestion relief, studies have shown that in the long-term similar projects lead to more driving, more trips, and more sprawl. The City of College Park supports smart-growth development and transit alternatives instead of a roadway
expansion. The City Council supports The Purple Line and dedicated funding for our region’s transit system. A regional approach to smart growth is necessary, along with enhanced transit beyond the Purple Line (such as a regional Bus Rapid Transit strategy) and improved, connected ways for people to walk and bike to transit or to their jobs.

We respectfully request that you reject the I-495 and I-270 widening project and pursue long-term solutions that create sustainable, healthy, and vibrant communities and economies

City Council Approves 1-Year Objectives of the new Strategic Plan

At last night’s meeting, the City Council approved the Strategic Plan One-Year Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) for FY22. After the five-year OKRs were approved by Council previously, City staff prioritized and created one-year objectives for six of the 10 five-year OKRs. Each department has developed OKRs that contribute to accomplishing the one-year objectives during the first quarter of FY22 (July 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021). This quarterly OKRs include:
(a) All employees and Council will support and contribute to the City’s mission and vision and how the strategic plan will drive and focus City resources.
(b) Educate residents in behaviors to reduce waste and increase recycling. Expand and improve our parks and green spaces.
(c) Highlight and acknowledge our history and improve racial equity in College Park through collaboration with community groups and neighborhoods.
(d) Increase positive community-building interaction between all Public Services staff and the community to enhance public safety and compliance with City regulations.
(e) Create a stable community with more housing choices, job opportunities, and leisure-time activities for residents to live, work, and re-invest in the City.
(f) Improve the quality of City services and accessibility of information to enhance the user experience and transact City business more efficiently.

College Park Announces National Night Out 2021

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Various Times and Locations

Come and join the various neighborhood events at Berwyn Neighborhood Park, College Park Woods Park, Lakeland Community Park, Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park, and Duvall Field for National Night Out this year! More information coming soon.

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