Curbside Leaf Collection has begun! For the schedule, tips, and a how-to video, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/specialcollections#curbsideleaf .

Don't forget - pile your leaves (and grass) at the curb and not on the street. Sticks, vines and other woody brush must be separated (see website for details). Please park away from the leaves as the vacuum cannot reach around cars.
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.
Final City Election Results
To read the City of College Park's press release announcing the final 2019 City election results please click here .
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.
2019 Community Survey
An online version of our 2019 Community Survey is now available! Click here to fill it out:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5282739/The-City-of-College-Park-Community-Survey-2019

Important Note: If you did receive a paper copy - be sure to complete that one instead of the online one. We still need your responses!!

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.
Good Neighbor Day Project Nominations
Got ideas to help beautify College Park? Nominate a project for Good Neighbor Day 2020! The annual event brings together the College Park community to beautify shared spaces, educate and engage in sustainable practices, and take pride in Greater College Park. 
Submit by November 22 at goodneighborday.umd.edu.
Purple Line Construction Updates
Beginning on or about November 4, 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 .
Office of the City Manager
Bob Ryan, Public Services Director and Scott Somers, City Manager attended an emergency management table top exercise with area Chief Adminstrative Officers, public health officials and emergency managers. 

The City manager attended a "ribbon cutting" event to celebrate the new Downton College Park mural called "Psychophily – Pollination by Butterfly." The event was attended by t he Partnership (CPCUP), the University of Maryland (UMD), and Prince George's County.  The mural helps to highlight the City's newly embraced focus and priority on supporting butterfly and bee habitat through the planned development of pollinator gardens and educational/informational outreach. 

City staff, the City Manager and UMD are finalizing a draft development agreement with the City Hall Project. The agreement will be presented to the City Council to consider approval of the agreement at a future Council meeting. 

The City Manager met with City Staff to present, discuss and provide Q&A concerning the new City Hall project.  

The City Manager, continued efforts to finalize the Trolley Trail at Berwyn Rd. and Rhode Island. A draft agreement is being finalized and will be presented to the City Council for consideration in the near future. 
Department of Public Works
Curbside leaf collection has begun: Click here for details. Curbside Leaf Collection has started and runs through early January depending on weather conditions. During Curbside Leaf Collection weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are suspended. Look for signs posted in your neighborhood in advance of the scheduled collection dates. The collection calendar posted online will be updated as the collection schedule changes, so check the website for the latest schedule.

  • 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.
  • If you put your soft yard waste (grass, leaves and weeds) in bags or containers they will only be collected when the leaf vacuum is scheduled to be in your neighborhood. Weekly yard waste collections on regular trash collection days are suspended during curbside leaf collection period.

Regular weekly collection of soft yard waste is suspended for the season during curbside leaf collection.

Curbside leaf collection is in full swing. The following neighborhoods will be collected the week of Nov 12-15: Finish SA4-Lakeland and Berwyn; SA8-College Park Woods, Crystal Springs, Acredale and Patricia Court; SA5-Autoville, Cherry Hill and begin Rhode Island West.

Did you know you can compost pumpkins? Pumpkins compost best when they are cut or smashed, you can then put them in your backyard compost bin, or bring them to the Food Scrap drop off location at Public Works. Look for the yellow carts. 

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 25 - 31, 2019
10/25 Contract officers responded to a call for service for a report of 2 persons stabbed in the 9600 block of25Milestone Way.  Incident verified (domestic related) as all parties known to each other. Incident under investigation by RID.

10/26 Contract officers assisted with the 5K run at Holy Redeemer School.  

10/26 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Tecumseh Street and 49th Avenue.  2 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

10/27 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Campus Drive at River Road. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI.

10/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue.  5 warnings were issued.

10/28 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Tecumseh Street and 48th Avenue.  3 citations and 3 warnings were issued.

10/29 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Speed Enforcement) in the 9000 block of Baltimore Avenue. 61 citations were issued as the officer was operating the portable “Mobile Camera.”

10/30 Contract officers along with District I patrol officers responded to a report of a home invasion in the 7500 block of Dickinson Avenue. Incident is verified and still under investigation.

10/30 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) at Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street.  8 citations and 4 warnings were issued.

Several premise checks were conducted throughout the City.
Statistical Data and Issued:
MD State Citations: 70
Warnings: 176
Equipment Repair Orders: 9
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: 1
Warrant Arrest: 0
Premise Checks: 5
Referral Student Code of Conduct: 0
Downtown Area Pedestrian Warnings: 51
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 September 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.
College Park Woods Pool Building Community Meeting
Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:00 p.m.
College Park Woods Pool Building - 3545 Marlbrough Way

This meeting will review the current status of the project and provide an opportunity for community feedback on the design of the building.

The City’s project manager and representatives from Broughton Construction Company will be in attendance.

For more information:
Contact the City’s Department of Public Works
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.
Community Meeting: Hollywood Commercial District
Monday, November 18, 2019
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Youth, Family and Senior Services

View updated designs for the Rhode Island Avenue Streetscape, Muskogee Street Trail and the conversion of service roads to parklets.

Your feedback is needed before these plans are finalized!

Consultants Wallace Montgomery and Floura Teeter will be in attendance.

Sponsored by the City of College Park’s Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development.
Meetings at a Glance
City of College Park Mayor and Council Notice of Meetings
at Davis Hall 9217 51st Ave
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Regular Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayor and Council Worksession and/or Regular Meeting as needed
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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