WEEKLY BULLETIN | July 1, 2022
City of College Park 4th of July Parade
Monday, July 4, 2022 | 11:00am | Rhode Island Ave.

Join the City of College Park in celebrating Independence Day at our Fourth of July parade! Spectators can line up along Rhode Island Avenue to see local groups, organizations, entertainers, and performers.

If you're driving to the parade, park in residential areas near the parade route and Duvall Field. Parking enforcement will be relaxed.

Rhode Island Avenue will be temporarily closed to traffic for the parade. Details on the road closure and detour information is available here.
Independence Day Holiday

All City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022 in observance of he Independence Day holiday. Refuse and recycling will occur one day later than normal during this holiday week.

  • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
  • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, July 6, 2022
  • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, July 7, 2022

Special collections for brush and bulky items will only be scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2022 of this holiday week. You must call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule a pickup before setting your items out to the curb.
Protecting our Tree Canopy

Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem. A majority of the City’s tree canopy is in residential neighborhoods -- this means our residents can make a big difference in helping to maintain our tree canopy!

On May 10, 2022, the City Council approved Ordinance 21-O-09, which will require a permit to remove trees on residential land. Starting July 1, 2022, those who wish to remove or prune a tree must submit an application for a permit. There is no application fee to obtain a permit.

For details, FAQs and application, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/315/Trees.
New Resident Reporting System

Effective July 1st, the City will begin use of a new reporting system for general concerns and/or complaints. Links to and registrations for reporting through Comcate will be deactivated. Please share your concerns about a property in the City, such as tall grass or other issues at www.collegeparkmd.gov/tellus.

As always, if there is a noise related concern, please call our 24/7 hotline at 240-487-3588. Call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress.

Effective July 1st, the City will also begin use of a new product that will allow our property owners, business owners, and contractors to initiate the City's required occupancy permit and building permit process online. Users can search available permit applications, and apply for new permits as needed.

To create a new application, you must register for an account. Details available here.
Fireworks and Pet Safety

For a dog or cat resting safely at home, the sounds and sights of fireworks could produce panic. This Fourth of July, help your pets combat their fear of fireworks with these tips from the City's Animal Welfare Committee: 
  • If possible, stay home with your pets when you know fireworks are scheduled. Nothing soothes your animals like your presence.
  • If your pet panics when unexpected loud noises occur, ask your vet to suggest coping strategies or even prescribe anxiety medication
  • Distract your pets with their favorite toys and games if they’re willing to come out from their hiding places.
  • If they want to stay out of sight, allow it. Don’t try to coax them out when they sense danger.
  • Turn on some relaxing music, white noise or the TV before the fireworks begin to help mute the sounds from outdoors. Closing windows and curtains can help as well.  
  • Walk dogs before the fireworks begin so they are safely indoors once the noise starts.
Reporting Fireworks

If you see, hear, or suspect fireworks, please report the location of fireworks violators to 9-1-1. Make sure to report the location where fireworks are being shot at the time. Police have to observe the activity to take action to stop it. Residents may call 9-1-1 if they have specific location information to report. Unfortunately, it can be hard to pinpoint the location of the activity as some of the fireworks being used may be professional grade and they can be heard for miles. All area police patrols will be looking for violators to get them to stop.
Free Summer Parking
Free Summer parking is in effect between May 28 to August 13, 2022 in the Downtown College Park Parking Garage!

Park there for free while you visit local shops and restaurants on weekdays after 5:00 pm and all-day on weekends.
Purple Line Construction Update

On June 30-July 2, 2022, Diamondback Drive will be closed between Rossborough Lane and Hotel Drive from 7am-5pm, weather permitting. Access to the local businesses and parking lots will be maintained.

All construction notices and updates are available here: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates.
Curbside Food Scrap Compost Collection Coming Soon!

Help us divert compostable materials from the landfill ­-- join the City of College Park's Food Scrap Compost Collection Program!

Soon, City residents can opt-in to receive curbside composting pick-up services. By participating, you help reduce excessive methane greenhouse gas emissions, protect our environment, and support the City in reaching its sustainability goals!

More information to come on how to sign up – stay tuned to the City’s website and media for updates.
Department of Public Works
Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Call 240-487-3590 for more information, or visit: www.colllegeparkmd.gov/products.
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

For a list of changes to Special Collection Pickups, including Yard Waste and for information about the Bulk Trash Changes, please visit: www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections.

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

As you celebrate this summer, remember to recycle bottles, cans, plastic containers, paper, and cardboard.
Are you interested in having a tree planted on your residential property?
The City is gauging interest in a potentially new tree planting program for residents. Planting is planned for the fall.

If you are interested in having a tree planted on your property by a contractor, please complete the interest form on the City website in the trees section or click here. When filling out the form, select "Tree Planting on residential property" or contact horticulturist@collegeparkmd.gov.
Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program

The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations by larviciding and spraying. MDA has designated Wednesday nights for adult mosquito spraying in the city (when thresholds are met). Spraying will only begin after dark and may continue until midnight or later. Spray applications are made by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. If you see a truck in your community spraying during the day, please note that it is not from the State of Maryland. Please be aware that MDA does not spray individual properties, and the City is on a 2 or 3-week rotation based on mosquito thresholds.

For more information, visit the MDA’s Mosquito Control website (https://mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/pages/mosquito_control.aspx) which includes details about the program, including their policy, insecticides used, product labels and material safety data sheets (MSDS), and more.

Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program by completing an exemption form annually.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
June 20 - June 26
6/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at University Blvd. and Metzerott Road. The driver was issued 2 citations.

6/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at University Blvd. and Metzerott Road. The driver was issued 2 citations and 1 warning. 

6/17 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at University Blvd. and Golf Course Drive. The driver was issued 3 citations.

6/18 Contract officer was scanning vehicles with his portable LPR when he received a hit at 9000 block of 51st Avenue. The vehicle was reported stolen through Montgomery County. One adult arrest.

6/19 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 22 warning citations were issued

6/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at 51st Avenue and Blackfoot Place. The driver was issued 3 citations and 1 SERO.

6/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 7 warning citations were issued.

6/20 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at Baltimore Avenue and Cherry Hill Road. The driver was issued 1 citation.

6/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle with loud exhaust at University Blvd. and Rhode Island Avenue. The driver was issued 2 citations.

6/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) in the 9100 block of 51st Avenue. 3 citations and 1 warning were issued
Note: Crime incidents are reported in PGPD COPS reports and include incidents responded to by City Contract police.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 35
Warnings: 74
Equipment Repair Orders: 6
Distracted Driving Citations: 0
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 3
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest: 0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 1
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 9
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 1/Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 2/Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 2/ Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Zone 3/North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0

Loud Exhaust Enforcement Stats:
Citations: 13
Warnings: 1
SERO's: 1
Monthly Public Safety Maps

For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety.
Friday Night Live!
Friday, July 15, 2022 | 6:30-8:30pm | City Hall

The City of College Park is hosting a series of concerts this summer and you're invited! Join us on the plaza at the new City Hall building on select Fridays for Friday Night LIVE! The events will feature a variety of musical genres and performers and will include something for everyone-- music, food, beer, and entertainment. There will be children's performers, activities, and arts and crafts available for kids as well.

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Ave) until September from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Parking will be offered for free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. Local food and beer will be available for purchase during the event!

Mark these dates in your calendar:
  • August 12th: Sing me the Blues
  • September 9th: Oktoberfest!
Night at the Movies
Saturday, July 30, 2022 | 7:00-10:00pm | Duvall Field

The City of College Park will host a Family Night at the Movies on Saturday, July 30th at Duvall Field, showing The Bad Guys.

Activities start around 7:00 PM with games for kids and adults. The movie will be shown around 8:00 PM.

Popcorn will be available. Admission and parking are free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to sit outside on the grass. No pets, tents, or umbrellas.
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.
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
PGPD District 1 Coffee Club:
Webinar (every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.)
Join by phone: 978- 990-5399, Meeting ID: 833 9609 4990, Password: 720306
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