The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has recently released an RFP to engage an engineering / architectural firm to conduct a feasibility study to: (a) identify the location, (b) explore design opportunities, and (c) estimate the cost to construct a 12,000 sq. ft. community center in
north College Park.

The City and residents of north College Park have expressed support for this project.

The RFP is part of the M-NCPPC’s Formula 2040 plan. The feasibility study has been in, out, and back in, the M-NCPPC budget over the past eight years. Park and Planning Staff and County Council Member Tom Dernoga attended the City Council’s March 1, 2022 Worksession to discuss the project. M-NCPPC staff
presented an overview of the feasibility study.

The current M-NCPPC funding is only for the feasibility study, which is expected to be completed in September 2022.

County Council Member Dernoga suggested that the State may be able to contribute to the facility cost and added that a City contribution or other form of partnership could make it easier for M-NCPPC to initiate planning and design work soon after an acceptable site is identified.

City Council members were supportive of the project and were generally interested in exploring ways the City could facilitate the development of an important amenity.

The draft letter to the M-NCPPC states that:

On behalf of the City of College Park residents and City Council, I would like to express the City’s continued support for the inclusion of funding for a Community Center in north College Park in the M-NCPPC FY’23 budget. As you know, this project has been in the Commission’s long-range plan for many years, and we appreciate that the feasibility study is finally underway after several starts and stops. We look forward to the opportunity to work with your staff to identify the best location for the center and encourage the Commission to maintain this momentum by committing funds to enable the project to quickly move from the feasibility study to design and construction.

M-NCPPC staff provided an overview of the feasibility study to the City Council at the March 1 Worksession. During that meeting, the City Council expressed interest in discussing how we can partner with M-NCPPC to ensure the expeditious funding and completion of the facility. Many years ago, M-NCPPC and the City partnered on the construction and programming of the Youth and Family Services facility. This is a new opportunity, and we may identify a different participation structure, but we look forward to exploring how we can support this project.