The property at 5100 Roanoke St. has sparked discussions among residents due to safety concerns and its vacant status since 1977, located in a 100-year floodplain.

The City of College Park, using funds from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space, is exploring options for the site, including a pocket park, dog park, or fitness area.

There has also been interest in building a garden on the parcel, such as a community or permaculture garden, which has been noted.

A rain garden is also under consideration for its water management benefits and educational potential.

To gather input, the city is surveying to gauge residents’ preferences. Here is the link.

There will be two site visits with city staff. The first is scheduled for February 26th at 5:00 pm, before the poll closes, and the second is scheduled for March 27th at 5:00 pm, after the poll closes.