WEEKLY BULLETIN | March 6, 2020
City Statement - March 6, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and county health departments in Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. area are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

The City of College Park is monitoring information from local health departments to ensure we are aware of the latest information and recommended action for our area. We are developing and implementing systems that will enable certain City services to be conducted online or via the phone. To ensure the continuity of services, the City is also identifying services that staff could accomplish remotely if that becomes necessary.

As of right now, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County, Maryland. All three individuals have been quarantined and had contracted the disease from recent travel on the same trip. “This is not a reason to panic,” stated Governor Larry Hogan at the March 5, 2020 press conference announcing the confirmed cases. “Marylanders should go to work or go to school... just as they normally would.” 

The CDC considers the general public’s immediate health risk to be low at this time. While there currently is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Take the following everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases (including the cold and flu):
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please consult a medical professional. It is recommended that you call ahead.

Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments. 

The City of College Park does not have its own health department, but will continue to keep our residents informed as needed. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:

Weblink: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=135
University of Maryland Child Development Center

The University of Maryland’s Child Development Center, operated by Bright Horizons, is scheduled to open this summer! 

The Center is located on the City’s property at 4601 Calvert Road. In return for leasing the property at no cost to the University, City residents not affiliated with the University have priority for 14 slots at the Center. City residents who are affiliated with the University are also given a priority. 

Family Information Sessions are scheduled for March 10, 11, 31, and April 1—please go to www.brighthorizons.com/umd  for the location and times for each session. Enrollment interest starts March 10.  
Senior Needs Assessment Survey

The Community and Senior Recreation Needs Assessment survey asks about recreational facilities, programs, transportation and services, and will assist in determining the current and future level of services for the community based on public input. 

The survey was mailed to randomly selected City households earlier this month, but is now open to every resident. Take the online survey here: www.collegeparksurvey.org/open .
Strategic Plan 2020-2025
What is your vision for College Park? What should the City do to achieve that vision by 2025? 

The City is developing a new Strategic Plan to help guide us over the next five years, and we need to hear from you! The City is working with Performance Breakthroughs, Inc. and they will facilitate four community meetings starting in March to hear from residents. Additionally, they will meet with other stakeholders, the City Council, and staff to help us create the best plan possible. We will have updates along the way, but expect a new plan to be presented to the City Council for final discussion and approval this summer. 

Please stay tuned to the City’s Weekly Bulletin, social media, and website for additional updates and notices in March regarding the public community meetings. You can see the City’s 2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan here
Participate in the City’s 75th Anniversary Parade and Event!

The City’s 75th Anniversary celebration planning is underway! The event will feature a parade on Rhode Island Avenue followed by a festival at Duvall Field on June 6, 2020 beginning at 12 p.m. 

We are looking for College Park organizations to walk in the parade! Interested in having your group, club, school or organization participate? Please email [email protected] with your organization/group’s name, brief description, and contact information.
City Youth UMD Summer Camp Scholarships
For Rising K-12 City Students

Summer is almost here!

The City of College Park provides scholarships for rising kindergarteners through 12th graders who are College Park residents to summer camps held at the University of Maryland in the summer of 2020.

Click here to Apply!   The application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020 and applications are also available at the City’s Youth and Family Services building located at 4912 Nantucket Rd. The application will contain a non-comprehensive list of available summer camps at the University of Maryland, along with instructions as to how to find more camp offerings.

Please remember our application is not an application for a summer camp, only an application for the scholarship.

For questions, please contact Latisha Moore at the City’s Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services at (240)487-3552 or   [email protected] .

(Photo courtesy of Terp Quest Camp)
Count Me in College Park!
The Census is almost here! Every household should be receiving a postcard notification from the U.S. Census Bureau in the next two weeks. To fill out your Census form online starting on March 12th, go to https://my2020census.gov/ . Here is a video that shows how to fill out the census form online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXg1_1HHKzA . It should only take a few minutes and it is easy, safe, and important for our community! The community loses $18,250 for each person that does not respond.

The City of College Park urges all households to fill out the form online, over the phone, or by mail. For more information, click https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/census2020 or contact the Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development at 240-487-3538.
Good Neighbor Day
Good Neighbor Day 2020 volunteer registration is now open! This community-wide day of service will be held on Saturday, April 4 this year.

You can register to volunteer at  goodneighborday.umd.edu .
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about March 2, 2020, crews will be reducing Campus Drive, between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road, to one lane for construction. The lane closure will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Flagging operations will occur to allow for two-way traffic. The road will re-open to one lane in each direction, daily after 3 p.m.

For more information or for further updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Department of Public Works
Delivery services have resumed for the City’s SMARTLEAF® Compost and Wood Mulch products! 

We will only be running one truck to start, so spots will fill up quickly until more trucks become available (likely the end of this month).

Request a Compost or Wood Mulch Delivery by clicking here .

You can also pickup material year-round at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740). Pickups Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In April, the Department will be open all four Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

For more information about  SMARTLEAF Compost  or  Wood Mulch , please click here .
For any information related to refuse, recycling, or other Public Works related items, contact the Department at: 240-487-3590 or

The Department is located at 9217 51st Ave. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Items available to purchase from the Department:

55-gallon rain barrels for $72 (don't forget about the County's rain check rebate to offset the cost!). Click here for more information.

Yard Waste Carts for City residents for $25. Click here for more information.

Backyard Composting Bins for $20 (City residents) and $40 (non-residents). Click here for more information.

SMARTLEAF® Compost ($28/cubic yard) and wood mulch ($12/cubic yard) are available for pick up only. Click here for more information.
Noise and Nuisance Municipal Infractions
February 22 - March 1, 2020
There were three Municipal Infractions issued for the Noise Ordinance and zero for the Nuisance (Unruly Social Gathering) Ordinance.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
February 21 - February 27, 2020
2/21 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign & Speed Enforcement) at Hollywood Road at 47th Place.  1 citation was issued.

2/21 Contract officer on routine patrol located a suspicious vehicle (occupied) in the parking garage. Small amount of suspected marijuana was located as the suspect was sent on his way.

2/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign & Speed Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and DePauw Place.  1 citation and 6 warnings were issued.

2/27 Contract officers responded to a loud party in the 4600 block of Knox Road. The respondents were uncooperative as many party goers left the party intoxicated. 2 student referrals were submitted.

2/27 Contract officers were on routine patrol and heard a loud party in the 4600 block of College Avenue. Many people left the party under influence of alcohol. Student referral was submitted.

2/27 Contract officers were on routine patrol and heard a loud party in the 7500 block of Hopkins Avenue. The resident was cooperative as a student referral was submitted.

2/27 Contract officer was on proactive patrol and observed an individual with an open alcoholic beverage (seltzer) at Knox Road and Rhode Island Avenue. Student referral was submitted.

There were several premise checks conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations:45
Equipment Repair Orders: 9
Distracted Driving Citations: 1
Parking Citations: 0
Field Observation Report: 7
Youth Field Observation Report: 0
Citations in Lieu of Arrest:0
Civil Citation: 0
Criminal Arrests: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 10
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 5
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 126
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 0
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Monthly Public Safety Maps
The January maps are now available. For monthly Prince George's County Police public safety maps and statistical data for the City of College Park, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety .
Census Palooza
Saturday, March 21
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Duvall Field

Come out for a fun event with lots of local food, entertainment, kids activities and more as we celebrate all things Census! At the event you will learn more about the census, how to be counted and ask questions about it.
Brunch with Bunny
Saturday, March 28
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College Park Community Center

You're invited to Brunch with Bunny!

Join us on Saturday, March 28 from 11am until 1pm at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Ave). Children of all ages are invited to visit with the Bunny!

The first 200 guests will enjoy free refreshments. Bring your camera to capture photos with the Bunny & Friends. Arts & Crafts and a Magical Show at 11:30 a.m. will entertain!

For more information, email [email protected] .
Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Youth & Family Services

It's the City of College Park's Annual Spring Egg Hunt! Join us on Saturday, April 4 from 10am to 12pm at the City's Youth and Family Services (4912 Nantucket Rd) for a spring-time fun egg hunt. There will be face painting, games, prizes, arts and crafts, meet the Bunny and more!

This event is free and for all ages.

For more information, contact the Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services at 240-487-3550.

For more information, email [email protected] .
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Possible Closed Session during the meeting
  • Public Hearing on Ordinance 20-O-03

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
  • Public Hearings on Charter Resolution 20-CR-01, Ordinances 20-O-05 & 20-O-06

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – Time TBD
  • Mayor and Council Budget Worksession

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – If Needed Time TBD
  • Mayor and Council Budget Worksession
Community Meetings
Note: These are not City meetings but have City staff or Contract Police as a host.
District 1 Coffee Club: Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Jason's Deli

Community Police Meeting: March 9, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Youth and Family Services Building (4912 Nantucket Rd.)
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