As another year passes and we embark upon a new one, I thought I would drop a note to share some important events in our neighborhood and my activities as your Councilmember that occurred in 2018. I also want to take this opportunity to ask you how I can be of service to you in 2019.
Back in November, the City Council approved a contract to complete the design work of the Hollywood Streetscape project. The project is expected to change the look of the most important intersection of our neighborhood at Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue with upgrades, intersection improvements, protected bike lanes, site furnishings and landscaping, parklets and better sidewalk. We expect to hold a community meeting soon to seek your input about the final design and then move to final construction.
After many years of delay, the City Council finally awarded the construction contract of the Gateway Park a few months back. The City got the necessary permits. Administrative work and off-site building fabrication have already started and will be ongoing. We expect to see the new park built by the end of this Spring.
On another good news, we expect to see the Hollywood Dog Park to be also built in the Spring of this year. If you recall, we held a community meeting back in May last year to present information about creating a dog park on a portion of the Prince George’s County Board of Education property on 51st Avenue north of the Public Works facility. Community members expressed overwhelming positive interest for this location. An agreement between the Board of Education and the City has been finalized for the City to use a part of the western side of the parcel to construct and operate an open-access dog park.
The second phase of Duvall Field development is also gearing up. This phase will include updating the playing fields and providing new lighting. Other ideas include a new playground, walking trails, fitness stations. As part of the first phase of the renovation of the Duvall Field facilities, the old concession stand was torn down, and a brand new beautiful concession building was erected in its place. The plaza has also been upgraded with tons of added seating areas as well as state-of-the-art stormwater management and bio-retention features. The City has scheduled a public meeting on January 17 (at 7 p.m.) at Davis Hall to get your input about the second phase of development. Please attend this meeting and share your ideas for upgrading and prioritizing its facilities, amenities, and services.
Late last year, we launched a monthly police community meeting in north College Park at the all-new MoM’s Cafe. We shared last month’s crime map and discussed incidents. Police officers also advised how to make our homes and neighborhoods safer. This event is an excellent opportunity to bring your crime-related concerns directly to our police officers who serve our community.
Last year, we engaged a consultant to complete the design of the proposed sidewalk on Hollywood Road between Route 1 and Rhode Island Avenue. In recent years, the traffic on the road has increased, and several residents have expressed concerns the safety of pedestrians, dog walkers and school going children.
I plan to continue my strong support for many existing projects we have in north College Park, in particular, the Hollywood Farmers Market, the Hollywood Community Garden and the College Park Community Library. I also plan to continue organizing neighborhood cleanups and a few other exciting projects with many residents in the district.
As you may already know, I write a daily blog where I cover events taking place in College Park. In case you didn’t get a chance, please visit my blog at www.KabirCares.org. The blog gives important updates on recent developments, crime maps, and analysis of current events and announcements. I believe you will find the blog useful.
I hope to stay engaged in the neighborhood matters this year as I did in the past year. Let’s keep in touch and please let me know if I can be of any help!