Don't forget - we need your responses College Park! Did you recently receive a survey from the City in the mail? If so, please fill it out and mail it back as soon as you can (a return envelope with postage is included)! Your feedback is important - help shape College Park!
City Elections
City of College Park Elections will occur on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

For more information about the City's Elections including voting locations and candidates, please visit
One Warm Coat Drive
November 4 - December 3
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 4 through December 3. Help fellow College Park residents in need by donating your clean, gently-used coats, hats and gloves during the City's annual warm coat drive. All donated coats will be distributed by the Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services throughout the College Park area to local children and adults in need.

All donations are appreciated, however this year we are seeking children's coats and cold weather items in particular.

Donations can placed into designated collection boxes during business hours at the following locations:

City Hall
8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 375
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Department of Public Works
9217 51st Avenue
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Youth and Family Services
4912 Nantucket Road
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
College Park Blues Festival
Get your dancing shoes on, because the 12th annual College Park Blues Festival is Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Ritchie Coliseum (7675 Baltimore Ave).

There will be awesome blues bands, plenty of dancing, craft beer and vendors. This year's lineup includes Jose Ramirez Band and J.P. Reali, Patty Reese Band with Dave Chappell, and King Solomon Hicks aka "Lil B.B." from New York.

This event is sponsored by the City's Recreation Board.
Where am I allowed to drive VeoRide bikes and scooters?
Bikes and scooters should generally be used on roads, preferably in low traffic areas and bike lanes going with the flow of traffic. Remember to always yield to pedestrians. Exercise caution if it is necessary to cross or briefly travel on a busy road. Riders should always wear a helmet.

As of November 1, 2019, Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation issued a Park Directive to allow the use of Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters on certain hard-surface hiker-biker trails on Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation property as part of a pilot program through August 31, 2020. The Lake Artemesia Park Trails that circle the lake, as shown on the image, are excluded from use by Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters during the pilot program period.

For more details, please see the full Directive at this link: http://mncppc.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1516
2019 Community Survey
The City has once again partnered with the National Research Center (NRC) to conduct a comprehensive community survey. This upcoming City of College Park Community Survey will again 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 second scientifically representative survey conducted in the City of College Park.

A randomly selected sample of College Park residents will receive postcards from the City in October notifying them of their selection in the survey process. Mailed paper surveys will arrive later in the month, with a City cover letter and instructions to complete and return the survey. Responses are anonymous. The mailed paper survey will be in English, but a Spanish version of the survey will be available online for the selected respondents. An online version of the survey will be made available in November.

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 questions about the 2019 City of College Park Community Survey, please call 240-487-3501 or email
cpcommunications@collegeparkmd.gov . Stay tuned to the City’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date news and information.
November City Holidays
The City will be closed on Monday, November 11 for the observation of Veterans Day - all collections will slide forward one day, therefore special collections will only be scheduled on Friday, November 15.

During Thanksgiving week the City will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29; no special collections will occur during the holiday week.
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about November 04, 2019, the Purple Line will implement a long-term sidewalk closure on Campus Drive between the Paint Branch Trail and River Road. During the closure, a signed detour will be in place to guide bicyclists and pedestrians, that includes the use of stairs and elevators to cross the train tracks at the College Park Metro station. A paratransit service will be available, for those who are unable to use the stairs at the College Park Metro station, while the elevator is not operational. The paratransit service will operate Monday-Thursday from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Friday from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., Saturday from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. and Sunday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Vehicles will operate in continuous loops alternating from one side of the closure to the other. The Detour can be viewed here: https://rebrand.ly/6c31sb.

For all Purple Line Construction Updates including lane closures, road work and more, please visit: www.purplelinemd.com/construction/construction-updates .
Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development
Prince George’s County has initiated the countywide comprehensive zoning map amendment process to implement the new zoning and subdivision ordinances approved by the County Council in October 2018. Notices have been mailed to all property owners and a series of regional education sessions are scheduled for November. The North County Regional Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 between 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the College Park Airport Operations Building. For more information about this process and to view an interactive map to see how the zoning on your property will be changed, please visit:  http://zoningpgc.pgplanning.com/ or email zoningpgc@ppd.mncppc.org .

In addition, the City Council will hear a presentation by M-NCPPC staff on this topic at the City Council Worksession on December 3 at 7:30 pm. This will be followed by a future Worksession to look more closely at City properties and formulate comments for a public hearing slated for spring 2020. College Park residents and businesses may also contact the City’s Planning Department for more information.

Save the date of November 18, 2019 for a Community Meeting on the Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape Project. Consultants will present design plans that are 60% completed and seek public input. The meeting will be held at the College Park Youth and Family Services Building at 7:00 pm.
Department of Public Works
Curbside leaf collection begins on November 4. Click here for details.

Landscape crews were busy Friday cutting and cleaning up broken limbs throughout the City after the Thursday evening storms.

In-service snow train occurred on Thursday, October 31. Crews learned how to operate machinery, drive routes and learned all about snow operations in the City.

Pumpkins are more than 90% water and have an array of nutrients helpful to the soil when they’re composted. Pumpkins compost best when they are cut or smashed, then you can put them in your backyard compost bin, or bring them to our Food Scrap drop off location.

If you would like to start diverting your food scraps, we have 5-gallon food scrap buckets available at the Department during regular business hours. The buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

Tree programs offered by the City
  • Tree planting in the right-of-way. If you would like a tree planted in the right-of way in front of your home please contact Brenda Alexander to discuss options, 240-487-3595 or balexander@collegeparkmd.gov.
  • Tree Canopy Enhancement Program on private property. The City has a program to reimburse the cost (up to $150.00) of approved trees on private property, it’s called the Tree Canopy Enhancement Program (TCEP). Click here for more information and application.
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.
Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity
October 18 - 24, 2019
10/18 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street.  13 warnings were issued.

10/19 Contract officer responded to a loud party complaint in the 4200 block of Knox Road on which approximately 70 persons were attending. Student referral was submitted.

10/22 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 24 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

10/23 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 63 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

10/24 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street.  2 citations and 4 warnings were issued.

10/24 Contract officers responded to the report of a citizen robbery at Girard Avenue and Norwich Road. Officers assisted the on-duty patrol units with canvassing the area for the suspects.

Several premise checks were performed throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 52
Warnings: 270
Equipment Repair Orders: 5
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: 0
DWS Arrest: 0
DWI Arrest: 0
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 4
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 2
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 119
Downtown Area Pedestrian Citations: 2
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Warnings: 18
Berwyn-Lakeland Pedestrian Citations: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Warnings: 0
North College Park Pedestrian Citations: 0
Monthly Public Safety Maps
The August 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 .
Veterans Day Observance
Monday, November 11, 2019
11:00 a.m.
College Park Veterans Memorial

The public is invited to join the College Park Mayor and Council at the 2019 observance of Veterans Day. The program will include music, speakers, and wreath laying in fitting tribute to the men and women who have served our country.

Please bring pictures of veterans (both alive or passed) with a little bio sheet about them including name, rank, military branch, date of birth, date of passing (if applicable), location(s) served and any other pertinent information. The Veterans Committee is working a history of our local veterans.

Parking is available at Bowlero.
Free Rabies & Microchip Clinic
Sunday, November 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Davis Hall

The City's Animal Control and Animal Welfare Committee are having a free rabies and microchip clinic for City pets! Come on Sunday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Davis Hall to have your pets vaccinated against rabies and microchipped (to help return lost pets to their families).

City residents must be able to provide proof of residence in order to obtain free services.

Services will be discounted for non-residents as follows (exact cash only):
  • Rabies vaccine, $10.00
  • Microchipping, $20.00

All animals must be leashed or properly confined to a carrier. For 3-year Rabies vaccines, the pet owner must have a current signed rabies certificate (1- or 3-year), and vaccines will be given at the discretion of the veterinarian.
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting
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
  • November 7, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., MOM's Organic Market Cafe
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