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Observing Memorial Day – In Memory of the Fallen

Today is Memorial Day! Please join me today at 11 am at the American Legion College Park Post 217 (9218 Baltimore Ave)., as we honor our City’s veterans in our traditional annual ceremony. Please note that due to the inclement weather forecast for today, the Memorial Day Observance event is moved to the new location. This year’s speaker will be Major James A. Dula, a retired former Air Force Commander currently serving as the Veterans Affairs Officer for the Office of the County Executive in Prince George’s County. Please bring pictures of your loved ones, veterans alive or passed to share on the Honors Table. The City’s Veterans Memorial Committee sponsors this event. After the event, the American Legion will host a free lunch, always a great opportunity to connect with many of our local veterans. Pease join the event as we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Their courage and dedication have protected the freedoms we hold dear.

This year holds special significance as we mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in a courageous and pivotal assault that changed the course of history. The valor and determination displayed on that day are a testament to the indomitable spirit of our armed forces.

All City of College Park offices will be closed today, Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week:
• Monday collections will occur Tuesday, May 28
• Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday, May 29
• Wednesday collections will occur Thursday, May 30

Curbside Food Scrap collection will slide forward one day: Tuesday, May 29 collection shifts to Wednesday, May 29

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, May 31 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.

Bulk Trash Collection with our Public Works Crew

Keeping College Park clean is a team effort! I assisted Bulk Trash Collection crews in Old Town this morning, helping to keep our streets clean during move-out season. Thank you to everyone ensuring our City stays beautiful!

Memorial Day Closure and Collection Schedule

All City of College Park offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week:

Monday collections will occur Tuesday, May 28
Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday, May 29
Wednesday collections will occur Thursday, May 30

Curbside Food Scrap collection will slide forward one day: Tuesday May 29 collection shifts to Wednesday May 29

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, May 31 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.

The College Park Parade 2024 Review: A Star Wars-Themed Celebration


At next week’s Council meeting, The Council will review this year’s annual parade, which was held on May 4, 2024, at 10am along Rhode Island Avenue, starting at Hollywood Shopping Center and ending at Duvall Field.

This year’s parade was scheduled carefully to avoid conflicts with other local events and school exams. Taking advantage of the date, the event featured a Star Wars theme, aiming to draw a larger crowd.

Planning commenced in late 2023, with initial outreach to local organizations beginning as early as May. Despite contacting nearly 200 groups, only 35 confirmed participation. Safety concerns led to the exclusion of one martial arts group. To ensure a vibrant parade, the City paid nine groups to participate.

Advertising efforts started in January, utilizing social media, local publications, and community notices. Despite these efforts, community participation remained limited, with rain further reducing attendance to about 1,500 people.

The parade’s budget totaled approximately $34,000, primarily covering traffic control and performer fees. Despite the challenges, the event showcased the City’s dedication to engaging the community, though increasing participation remains an ongoing goal. Staff continue to strive for higher engagement, hoping to see growth in future parades.

In Pictures – Bike to Work Day 2024

What an amazing “Bike to Work Day” at City Hall plaza! Huge thanks to our City staff, City Council, residents, visitors, local businesses, and our Pit Stop Sponsor for making it a success! #BikeToWorkDay 🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️

Council Approves Resolution Supporting Permanent Ceasefire and Return of Hostages

At last night’s meeting, the College Park City Council approved a resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire and return of all hostages. Several residents came and spoke on this resolution.

Lakeland and Berwyn Neighborhood Cleanup

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Council to Discuss Campaign Signs in City Elections

The Council will discuss ways to reducing ca

Election signs in Hollywood (District 1)

mpaign yard signs during City elections. College Park allows signs on private or commercial property with owner permission, and on City rights-of-way with notification to the Public Services Department, restricted to 45 days before and 48 hours after an election. Despite theft complaints, City staff won’t remove signs based on legal advice. Planning Director Bader stated adherence to County zoning ordinances for signs.

Greenbelt has a voluntary sign program on public property since 1991, expanded in 2005, managed by a lottery system, charging candidates $75 for participation. Bowie prohibits signs on public property and removes those violating regulations. Hyattsville bans signs in public right-of-way except on election day, with no regulation on private property. Takoma Park allows signs in the City right-of-way with size limitations, mandating removal after 14 days, expecting re-dating for prolonged placement.

These regulations reflect efforts to manage campaign signage clutter, balancing candidates’ visibility with community aesthetics and safety concerns.

Friday Night LIVE! May 10 | 6:30-8:30PM | City Hall Plaza

The City hosts a series of concerts over the summer and you are invited! Join us on the plaza at the City Hall building on select Fridays for Friday Night LIVE! The events will feature a variety of musical genres and performers and will include something for everyone, music, food, and entertainment. There will be children’s performers, a bounce house, kids activities and arts and crafts.

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Avenue) between May -September from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Parking will be offered for free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. Local food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event!

Restorative & Reparative Justice Series May 18 | 4PM | Embry AME Church (5101 Lakeland Rd.)

Residents of College Park and the wider community are invited to join the City of College Park’s Restorative Justice Commission for our spring series of events which will explore the past harms caused by public action and avenues for reparative action.

Join the Commission on May 18th at 4PM for a Restorative Justice Town Hall to discuss what repair looks like.

Learn more at here.

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