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Temporary Lane Closures on Route 1 Baltimore Avenue

New: On April 28, 2022, crews continue utility relocations at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue (US Route 1) and Rossborough Lane through June, weather permitting. Temporary lane closures on Baltimore Avenue (US Route 1) may occur between 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.
Work Zone Safety
Reminder: As work increases along the alignment, the Purple Line team remains committed to keeping everyone safe. Pedestrians and motorists are advised to follow construction signage and use the open sidewalk(s). For the safety of the public and our construction team, entry into construction work zones is not permitted.

As work continues, we will strive to keep you informed of the progress of this project. For information on construction activities, schedules, and other updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com. For immediate construction concerns, please email us at outreach@purplelinemd.com or call (443) 451-3706.
Due to traffic, weather, or emergencies, all activities are emergencies.

COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit Distribution

Limited Number of Free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits Available for City Residents

The City of College Park is distributing more than 1,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits to City residents. If you are a City resident and would like a FREE COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit, you must fill out the reservation request form here. More details are available at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=334.

More COVID-19 related updates are available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below tomorrow’s farmers market newsletter..

Here are a few things we have coming up tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market!  Locally farmed meats for grill season from the Waltz Family Farm. Freshly roasted coffee from Alcoba Coffee. Fresh local vegetables from Blue Berwyn and Backyard Boogie. Backyard Boogie’s kitchen has returned with a new menu of amazing, fresh made to order prepared foods. Also this weekend; prepared Thai food from Amity Kitchen. Come join us for breakfast, lunch AND brunch! We would like to welcome our new local honey vendor Honey Glow Apiary. Be sure to visit their stand. Double Sharp will be playing all your favorite tunes and songs from bluegrass to Bach. Starting at 9 am come and listen or bring your instrument and pick one with us!Sharrah Orchard is off this weekend to attend a family wedding. Calvert Farms is also off this week. We are looking forward to seeing both vendors back next week.

Our vendors this week include:Blue Berwyn FarmBackyard Boogie GardensShmidt SpiritsAlcoba CoffeeAmity KitchenHoney Glow AiparyWaltz Family FarmAnd Musical Group: Double Sharp 

We are located at the Hollywood Shopping Center by MOM’s and Proteus Bikes9801 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD, 20740

Follow Us!Instagram @hollywood_farmers_market_mdFacebook @hollywoodmarket

3D Design & Printing Summer Program


2022 3D Design & Printing Summer Program

The free 3D Design & Printing Summer Program is a 1-week in-person summer camp at the University of Maryland College Park that provides students with the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a variety of hands-on projects. The camp will specifically use Tinkercad and 3D printers to emphasize core 7th and 8th-grade math concepts.

2 sessions will be held in July 2022 for rising 7th and rising 8th graders who attend school in Prince George’s County. The sessions will be held from July 11 – July 15, and July 25 – July 29, 2022. Each session will host a maximum of 10 students.

Parents/guardians and students should complete the application below together. Applications will be reviewed and parents/guardians will be notified of the student’s acceptance into the program. Parents/guardians and students must reside in Prince George’s County. Thanks to the generosity of Cummings Aerospace, there is no cost for the camp. Please email Mr. Bongnwi Tangyie (bongnwi@umd.edu) at the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering with any questions.

No Mow April 2022 Survey

Did you participate in the City’s No-Mow April? If not, why? We want to hear from you about the City’s new No-Mow April initiative whether you participated or not!

Take this short survey to share your thoughts on it. Feedback from the survey will help guide the future development of this initiative.

The survey closes on June 9, 2022!

Survey link

City offices Closed Memorial Day

All City of College Park offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week:

Monday collections will occur Tuesday, May 31
Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday, June 1
Wednesday collections will occur Thursday, June 2

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, June 3, of this holiday week. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.

Free Tutoring Program for College Park’s Middle School Students

The Every Child Project (TECP)

The Every Child Project (TECP)

At tomorrow’s meeting, the Council will consider approving a partnership with The Every Child Project (TECP) during the 2022-2023 school year to provide virtual tutoring to a minimum of 10 College Park students at the Greenbelt Middle School.

TECP is based at the University of Maryland and its mission is to support equitable access to high-quality academic support (specifically in foundational/core subjects) for K-12 students across Maryland. TECP’s tutoring model provides one-on-one virtual tutoring over Zoom in math, reading and writing, science, and social studies. Some tutors are also able to provide tutoring in Spanish. Services are free for students.

The Education Advisory Committee requested consideration to provide TECP with $3,000 for the tutoring services. Representatives from TECP presented to the Education Advisory Committee on 2/28/2022.

The proposed budget of $3000 would include background checks for tutors, estimated at $300 for 5 tutors. Additionally, $200 would be provided for supplies, and tutors would be provided a $250 stipend for each semester.

City Staff to Run Hollywood Farmers Market Operations

The Hollywood Farmers Market

The Hollywood Farmers Market is staffed by two seasonal contract employees (Julie Beavers and Aaron Springer) who serve as independent contractors.

The Hollywood Farmers market started 10 years ago. It runs in the parking lot of the Hollywood Shopping Center located at 9801 Rhode Island Avenue, on Saturdays between Saturday, May 7, 2022, and Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 9 am-1 pm.

The City now wishes to change the employment relationship with the two seasonal employees from being an Independent Contractor to becoming a Part-Time, Temporary City employee, without benefits.

This change would become effective in the 2023 Market Season. The City will also secure insurance for the Hollywood Farmers Market operations.

At next week’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving these changes.

City to Observe Memorial Day at College Park Veterans Memorial


Monday, May 30, 2022,  11 am , College Park Veterans Memorial

The City of College Park will hold its annual 2022 Memorial Day observance, Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the College Park Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Baltimore Ave. and Greenbelt Rd.

The program will include music, speakers, and wreath-laying in fitting tribute to the men and women who have served our country. Please bring pictures of your loved ones, veterans alive or passed to share on our Honors Table.

Parking is available near Bowlero at 9021 Baltimore Ave. This event is sponsored by the City’s Veterans Memorial Committee.

[City of College Park]

COVID-19 Cases are on the Rise

Due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, COVID-19 cases have been steadily rising in Prince George’s County over the last six weeks. Out of an abundance of caution and to help the County avoid rising into the CDC’s “Medium” COVID-19 Community Level, the Prince George’s County Health Department recommends residents ages two and older wear masks in indoor public places voluntarily.
Residents five and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible if they are not already, and those 12 and older should get a booster dose (if you are 50 or older you can get a second booster dose).
Continue to get tested if you feel sick or were exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, please stay home for at least five days and follow CDC guidelines. COVID-19 treatment is also available at pharmacies across the region as part of the federal government’s Test-To-Treat program.
[Councilman Dernoga’s office]

After One Year into 5-Year Strategic Plan, Council Looks to Set New Priorities

The first full fiscal year of the City’s 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan will end on June 30. For the current fiscal year, City staff developed One-Year Objectives and Key Results for six of the 10 Five-Year Objectives. Council agreed that it was important to prioritize certain objectives and staff resources required to achieve those objectives.

Staff has given quarterly updates on the status of the departmental objectives and key results that have been developed for each quarter. Prior to proposing One-Year Objectives for FY23, staff discussed with Council the following:

(a) Does Council wish to focus on the same Five-Year Objectives? If not, which Objectives does it want to add or remove?
(b) For each of the proposed prioritized Five-Year Objectives, what programs, actions, or policies does Council wish to prioritize?

City staff and PBI facilitators made a brief presentation at this week’s Council Worksession. Based on this discussion and other related information (such as staffing and financial resources), staff will draft the proposed FY23 One-Year Objectives and Key Results for Council consideration and approval.

Do You Have a Drainage / Flooding Issue In Your Yard?

The City of College Park is currently running a project to investigate drainage issues within the College Park community at various locations.
A comprehensive investigation will be performed to determine the contributing factors, and detailed sketches will be developed to demonstrate proposed drainage features that can be easily implemented on private properties to address drainage concerns.
The project is expected to efficiently address drainage problems to eliminate homeowner concerns using a low-cost straightforward design.
Please email me and/or Engineering directly if you experience drainage or flooding issues in your yard. we’ll add your address to the list. Please include some description of the problem, when you write to us.
Also, please spread the word. Thank you.

Bike to Work Day is this Friday

Bike to Work Day is next Friday, May 20 from 6:30 am to 8:30am at our City Hall plaza! Register at https://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/register for our pit stop to get a free t-shirt! The City wll have some goodies so come and bike by!

North College Park Community Center Study Kicks Off with Community Forum

Thank you to all who attended last week’s community meeting to gather input about the proposed north College Park Community Center. We had a very good turnout with several elected officials. The community discussed 9 potential sites and the amenities they want to see in the center. The M-NCPPC will be hosting one more community meeting in a month or two with more data about the potential sites.

Please see below the presentation made at the community forum.

Background (2010 and Beyond)
• The majority of residents are not using nearby centers, they are driving to other centers
• To meet LOS goals as the population grows
• To achieve the goal of one-mile access for all residents (former LOS measure), DPR would need to build 59 new community centers

Formula 2040 Service Area 2 Recommendations
• Transform Prince George’s Plaza Community Center into a multigenerational center.
• Construct a new community center to supplement the North Brentwood Community Center. The new center should be located along US Route 1 corridor and have access to public transportation. It will have 55,000 sq. ft. of non-aquatic recreational space.
• Construct two new 12,000-square foot gymnasiums. One gymnasium will be placed at Langley Park Community Center and one will be placed at the Hollywood Elementary School.
• Construct an 8,000-square foot addition of nonaquatic recreational space at the Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center.

North College Park Community Center
• The Department contracted with WXY Studio Architects to gather community input, establish site selection criteria, conduct test fits for candidate sites, propose conceptual designs and cost estimates
• This will inform the future CIP request for design and construction
• The City of College Park has pledged financial support of $1.5 million over the next few years for the project and Delegate Barnes has secured a $1 million bond bill
• Various sites have been proposed and explored with city leadership as a starting point for further site exploration
• The findings of the Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment conducted by the City of College Park will guide this project.

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Understanding Context (click to see a larger view)

Existing Parks & Recreational Infrastructure (click to see a larger view)

Five minutes drive to the Existing Facilities (click to see a larger view)

Planned Development Projects (click to see a larger view)

Key Topics within North College Park (click to see a larger view)

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County Facilities & Programming (click to see a larger view)

 

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Area Mock-Up Visualization

 

Community Preferences (Trade-Offs) (click to see a larger view)

Schedule
• Other engagement opportunities:
• Community survey (Ends May 15, 2022)
• Community Meeting #2 (Summer 2022)
• Community feedback will be used by the project team to inform:
• Site selection and test fits (April-June 2022)
• Concept site design (June-July 2022)
• Project team intends to complete the study by Fall 2022
• For further questions, please contact the team at Claire.worshtil@pgparks.com.

[Source: M-NCPPC & WXY architecture & urban design]