Do you enjoy making cookies and are also a secret architect? Have you always wanted to build that dream home out of confections?
Join this year's City of College Park Gingerbread House Competition! Enter as a single individual or a group. Follow the rules and get to baking! We want your creative, wacky, whimsical, and best designs.
When your creation is complete, fill out this form entirely before December 8.
We will announce winners on December 10th at the City's Winter Wonderland event. All City of College Park residents are encouraged to participate in the competition; anyone can attend the event.
Top entries will be displayed at City Hall over the holiday season!
City of College Park Earns Perfect Score on the Municipality Equality Index
We are proud to announce that once again, the City has earned perfect marks on the Human Right Campaign (HRC)’s 2022 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) for the City’s laws, policies, and services for our LGBTQ+ community.
The MEI rates 506 cities across the nation on 49 different criteria, of which College Park scored 100 out of 100 points.
The City of College Park, with One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization, will once again hold our annual One Warm Coat Drive from November 16 through December 6.
Please donate either new or like-new coats and cold-weather items. Children's coats, hats, and gloves for ages 4-11 are particularly in need.
Help fellow College Park residents in need by donating your clean, new, or like-new coats, hats, and gloves during the City's annual warm coat drive. All donated coats will be distributed to designated local elementary schools for children and families in need.
The City of College Park is conducting a short survey about voter engagement in City elections. Whether you vote in every City election, and especially if you have never voted in a City election, your opinion is important to us.
College Park's average weekly food scrap tonnage has increased from 0.5 ton to 1.25 tons since starting curbside collections!
This new voluntary program will divert organic materials, that are not waste, out of our landfill and will reduce harmful greenhouse gases emitted from organic decomposition in landfills, which contributes to climate change.
A contractor is providing the collection service, so it’s best to place your container out before 6:00 a.m. or the night before your scheduled pick-up to avoid a missed collection.
Your container should be directly in front of your house, and if possible, at the end of your driveway so that it is clearly visible from the street (no alley collections)
Keep your container away from trash and recycling carts, or other obstacles.
If you run out of compostable bags, you can use a paper bag, or put food scraps loosely in the container.
Our contractor, Compost Crew, will send a reminder email the day before your collection. They will also send a notice if your container is not found.
If you will be away and want to skip a week, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the week(s) you would like your service suspended.
Check out the video below for an introduction to the program and other how to videos.
ARPA Mental Health Assistance
The City has established programs to assist businesses, nonprofits, and residents address the negative financial impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) has provided funds that the City is using for these and many other projects.
College Park residents of all ages may be reimbursed for up to $5,000 per household for mental health services received OR invoices may be paid directly to service providers.
The City is partnering with the ETC Institute to conduct a comprehensive community survey. This upcoming City of College Park Community Survey will measure residents’ attitudes and opinions on City services like refuse and recycling collection, City facilities and parks, City events, and economic development. This will be the third scientifically representative survey conducted in the City of College Park.
A randomly selected sample of College Park residents will receive a mailing from the City and ETC Institute notifying them of their selection in the survey process. Be sure to check your mailbox for more information about the survey. Responses are anonymous. The mailed paper survey will be in English, but a Spanish version of the survey will be available.
If you have received your paper survey in the mail, please complete and submit that form. If you did not receive a paper survey, we still want to hear from you! Please complete the survey online.
Participation in the survey is very important. The results will help City officials better serve the College Park community, so please complete the survey if your household is selected. Help us shape the future of College Park! For any questions about the 2022 City of College Park Community Survey, please call 240-487-3501 or email email@example.com.
Stay tuned to the City’s website, facebook and twitter pages for up-to-date news and information.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a time set aside each year, where we as a country, work together, serving others, to make our communities more equitable. We annually observe this day each year on the third Monday in January. As the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
The theme for the City of College Park’s 2023 Tribute to Dr. King is the Urgency of Now: One Community, One Love.
The City of College Park is providing multiple ways our residents can honor Dr. King's legacy on January 16th and throughout the entire month, including The Art, Visual Art, and Essay Competition. This contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12th who live in the City of College Park. Students must submit their entry by Saturday, December 31, 2022. Winners will receive a monetary award and be recognized in the 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
For more information about activities celebrating Dr. King, visit our website.
Construction on the Cherokee Street Sidewalk between 48th Place and Rhode Island Avenue will begin on or about Monday, December 5 (weather permitting). Please stay alert for parking restrictions, changing traffic patterns, and equipment throughout the work zone. This project to build new sidewalk on the north side of Cherokee Street is funded by a Community Block Development Grant and will connect to the existing sidewalk west of 48th Place. We expect construction to be completed in about 6 to 10 weeks or sooner, weather permitting.
Expect temporary lane closures on Guilford Road at Baltimore Avenue due to sidewalk construction on the northeast corner of the intersection.
WSSC Construction Notice
WSSC contractors will be working in the 4600-Block of Calvert Road between Princeton Avenue and Hopkins Avenue from Monday 12/5 through Friday 12/9. Please follow the posted detour routes.
Resident Guide Spanish Translation
The latest edition of the Resident Guide is now available in Spanish! Click here to open or download.
Deck the City Contest
December 1 - 19
It’s that time of year again- get into the festive spirit with some twinkling lights, inflatable characters, and tons of garland! The City’s annual Deck the City Holiday Decorating Contest is back!
Nominate your own home, your neighbor's home, or all the awesomely decorated homes you see in College Park here! All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 19.
Online voting will occur on the City’s Facebook page on December 20th through December 22nd and winners will be announced online on December 23rd. See 2022 contest rules here.
We are hosting a safe contest again this year. To ensure safe physical distancing, all entries must have photos of the decorations in order to be entered. Nominated homes will be posted on the City's Facebook page. The photo with the most likes will be the online digital winner! We will also be awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and Mayor's Choice awards.
Celebrate the holiday season with us at City Hall!
Join us at this festive holiday market and tree lighting to
inspire your holiday spirit. Check off your holiday wish list with products from vendors of Shop Made in Maryland!
There will be hot cocoa, coffee and cookies, food, fun activities for kids, live music and carolers, a photo opportunity for the family, a look at gingerbread houses, and a visit
from the man himself-Santa Claus!
Add to your College Park Holiday by stopping by and spreading a little cheer with your neighbors. Check out event detailshere.
Please note that by participating in City events, you acknowledge and assume all risks and liabilities including possible exposure to illnesses, including but not limited to COVID-19. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increasing property values and improving air quality. The City offers a few ways to help. More information is available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees. Fall street tree planning is happening now, send in your requests!
REQUESTS FOR STREET TREES: The City has a program that pays for and provides street tree planting in the right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact Brenda Alexander at 240-487-3590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable.
TREE CANOPY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (TCEP): City of College Park property owners can apply for reimbursement of up to $150.00 annually, for approved tree(s) planted on their residential lot. The completed application should be sent to email@example.com for review and approval. Click here for a link to the guidelines and application.
TREE MAINTENANCE The City is responsible for tree maintenance in the rights-of-way, City maintained buildings and parks, and on public property. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
Urban Tree Protection: Ordinance 21-O-09
This Ordinance requires an application to be submitted for approval to obtain a permit to remove or prune a tree on residential land.
Beginning July 1, 2022, trees on residential property within the City of College Park, greater than 36 inches in circumference measured at 4.5 feet above ground level, on which the property owner wants to remove or prune live branches or wood more than 20% will need to submit an application to the Department of Public Works for a tree removal/pruning permit and receive approval prior to beginning planned tree work. A requirement of the tree removal/pruning permit is that urban tree(s) approved for removal are replaced.
During Curbside Leaf Collection, signs are posted in your neighborhood in advance of the scheduled collection dates. The collection calendar will be updated as the schedule changes. Look for signs posted in your neighborhood. Click here for the City’s leaf plan and calendar.
Please do not put sticks, branches, or brush in your leaf piles.
Bagging is not necessary during leaf collection with vacuums. Grass can be included in your leaf piles, but no sticks, branches, vines, or woody materials (as these items require a special collection).
Rake leaves to the curb but do not put them in the street. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains as the leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. These items damage the equipment and cause delays.
Noise and dust may be noticeable as dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
When signs are posted, rake leaves to the curb. To ensure collection, put leaves out by the first day listed. Calendar may show two days in an area, but we only collect once per street per collection cycle.
Winter Weather Alerts
Be prepared for winter. Visit our website for more information on the steps the City takes when there is a wintery mix in the forecast.
Public Works crews are staffed around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the 51 road miles of City streets. Updates will be posted on the City’s website, all City social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Water Main Breaks
As it gets cooler, the risk of water main breaks increases. The first step to repairing a water main is YOU! Report it to WSSC Water 301-206-4002; please have the physical address of the water main break available when you call.
Holiday Light Recycling
Holiday string lights, working or non-working, are accepted for recycling at MOM’s Organic Market, 9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park. The string lights are collected for recycling beginning in December and continuing through early January.
Please remove lights from bags/packaging and place in designated holiday lights recycling bin located in the lobby when you enter MOM’s Organic Market.
Department of Public Services
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
November 18 - November 24
11/20 Contract officer was on routine patrol when he received a LoJack hit on a confirmed stolen vehicle in the 7100 block of Rossburg Drive. The vehicle was stolen from the 4300 block of Hartwick Road on 11/11/22. The vehicle was impounded for safekeeping.
11/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 7 warning citations were issued.
Nov 23, 2022 to Nov 28, 2022
There were no municipal infractions issued for the Noise Ordinance, for Article I, 141-1 Danger to Public Safety/Health or Article II, 141-13 Unruly Social Gatherings.