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City Continues to Advocate for Seniors Program, NCP Community Center, Improvements to Hollywood Park, and More..

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will discuss the budget priorities of the Prince George’s County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

The M-NCPPC is currently soliciting comments on the Commission’s proposed FY22 budget for planning, parks, and recreation in Prince George’s County. The Commission will hold a virtual budget forum on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 7 pm to receive comments on the upcoming budget.

For the current M-NCPPC budget, the City made the requests below. (a) a new bike/pedestrian bridge and trail connection from the Paint Branch Park to the trail system on the west side of the river (b) Trail lighting in high traffic parts of the trail system, particularly the Paint Branch Trail north of MD 193 (c) $250,000 (from FY20 budget) Feasibility Study for a community facility in north College Park (d) Improvements to Hollywood Park including reconfigured playing fields and a drinking fountain. ( e ) Continued funding ($50,000) for senior services by the City’s Department of Youth, Family, and Senior Services MNCPPC staff have done some preliminary work on the north College Park feasibility study but has not yet contracted with a consultant. The other requests were not included in the M-NCPPC capital budget or funded in other parts of the budget.

Staff recommends that Council again request funding for a new bike/pedestrian bridge and trail connection from the Paint Branch Park to the trail system on the west side of the river; the continued funding for senior services, and improvements to Hollywood Park.

Staff also recommends that the College Park City- University Partnership submit comments to M-NCPPC supporting these projects and that we reach out to our County representatives to obtain their support. The Council may wish to request that M-NCPPC include capital funding in the budget for a community facility in the north College Park area and consider a partnership in which the City could also contribute funds.

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