WEEKLY BULLETIN | August 11, 2023

Friday Night LIVE!

August 11 and September 8

6:30 - 8:30PM | City Hall Plaza

The City of College Park is hosting a series of concerts over the summer and you are invited!

Be there TONIGHT for live music from Groovalicious! Beer from Streetcar 82 and Maryland Meadworks, good eats from Bill's BBQ and Concineros, and sweets from Mr. Magic and Kona Ice will be available for purchase.

Children will enjoy performers, a bounce house, kids' activities, and arts and crafts.  

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Avenue) between May -September from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Parking will be free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. 

College Park Connect

The City of College Park is excited to launch College Park Connect, a new mobile resident engagement application and website powered by GOGov. The app and website allow residents to have a direct line of communication to request services and report issues such as potholes, graffiti, animal issues, litter, and more. The app will also be a great source of information with links to the City website, news, and upcoming events.

To report any non-emergency concern or issue, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/tellus. To download the free app, go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search “College Park Connect” to find the app.  As always, residents can call the City’s 24/7 Hotline at 240-487-3588 to report non-emergency issues including noise complaints. For emergency assistance, call 9-1-1 immediately for police, fire, or EMS assistance.

City staff will leverage powerful dashboards and reporting tools to identify hot spots, increase productivity, streamline communications, and prioritize projects. This app will further support the City’s Department of Public Works’ Bulk Trash Program by tracking and reporting all bulk trash collection data.

General Election for Mayor and Councilmembers

The City of College Park will hold its General Election for the offices of the Mayor and eight District Councilmembers (two from each district) on Sunday, November 5, 2023

Learn more about how to run for office and how to plan your vote at www.collegeparkmd.gov/Elections.


For other information about the upcoming City Election, please contact Janeen S. Miller, City Clerk, at 240-487-3501.

VEO Operations Temporarily Paused

Effective August 9th, VEO has temporarily paused operations in College Park. We will provide additional information as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Good Neighbor Day Project Nominations

Good Neighbor Day is a collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, the City of College Park, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

This annual event brings together residents of College Park and neighboring communities, staff and patrons of M-NCPPC, and University of Maryland students, staff, and faculty, and alumni for a day of service. 

We are now accepting Project Nominations for the 12th Annual Good Neighbor Day, which will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. 

Nominate a project before August 13

Citizens Police Academy

The Prince George's County Police Department invites those who live and work in Prince George's County to attend the Citizens Police Academy Session!

This training opportunity provides exposure to officer-related trainings such as: investigative procedures, citizen/police interaction, crime scene investigations, less lethal weapons, judgment enhancement training, narcotics, and much more.

Classes will be held from September 18 - December 18; class will not be held on October 9.

To participate, applicants must be nominated by a law enforcement officer and approved by the Division Commander or Civilian Manager. Nomination forms and instructions may be obtained at any of the eight Division stations.

For more information, contact your local police division or Sergeant Erica Johnson at (240) 602-0834 or ELjohnson@co.pg.md.us.

Hollywood Farmers Market

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM at the Hollywood Shopping Center. The market features local produce and meat, a variety of craft and food vendors, sweet treats, and more. Read more here.

Be on the lookout for Farmers Market Coupons at the City’s upcoming events! The market also accepts SNAP and WIC.

Visit hollywoodmarket.org, to learn about upcoming new vendors and events.

Better Bag Ordinance

If you haven't heard already, the Better Bag Ordinance will become effective on September 1, 2023. This new ordinance aims to reduce single-use plastic bag waste and litter in our local waterways and tributary system by restricting the use of non-reusable plastic bags given or received at the point of purchase by City retailers and restaurants.

This new Ordinance encourages shoppers and patrons to use reusable bags for their groceries and other purchases. As part of the Ordinance, alternative bags like paper bags or reusable bags can be provided, but retailers must charge a minimum of $.10 per bag and may retain the entirety of the fee to cover costs. Restaurant carry-out bags are included in the Ordinance.

What are the exemptions to this law?

The Ordinance doesn’t apply to the following:

  • Loose produce or bulk item bags (fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains, candy, or small hardware items)
  • Bags to wrap fresh meat or seafood
  • Bags used to contain or wrap flowers, potted plants, or other damp items
  • Bags used to contain unwrapped prepared foods or bakery goods
  • Laundry/dry cleaning bags
  • Bags for live fish, insects, mollusks, or crustaceans
  • Bags that contain ice

For more information about the Better Bag Ordinance, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/betterbag.

To support residents in transitioning away from plastic bag use, the City is giving away FREE reusable bags in August 2023 (while supplies last)! These bags were custom-designed to reflect local animals of the Anacostia tributary and the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Request a bag

Metrorail Green Line Shutdown

Green Line Metro riders: Greenbelt, College Park-U of Md, Hyattsville Crossing, & West Hyattsville stations will be closed July 24 - Sept. 4. Free shuttle service is available.

Find details here.

Storm Drain Murals

To help bring awareness to water pollution, the City's Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) partnered with the College Park Arts Exchange around the theme "Only Rain Down the Drain." Local artists were commissioned to create murals on storm drains.

The 20 murals in College Park depict local animals and plants that inhabit the Anacostia watershed. By being more mindful of what goes down the drain, we can keep our tributaries clean and create a safer environment for all the creatures that call our waterways home.

View a map of the City's storm drain murals at www.collegeparkmd.gov/murals.

Sidewalk Construction

Sidewalk reconstruction work has started on the north side of Hartwick Road between Guilford Drive and Baltimore Avenue. Please use the sidewalk on the south side and follow the direction of personnel on site.


WSSC Contractors will continue work in the following locations the week of August 14 (weather permitting):

  • 9700-Block of Wichita Avenue
  • 9500-Block of 52nd Avenue

Get Connected with the City

Get connected with the City of College Park! Follow us on social media for news, updates, and events:

You can also subscribe to e-news at www.collegeparkmd.gov/CPConnect.


Prince George's County Explorers Win First Place

Members of the Prince George’s County Police Law Enforcement Exploring Program traveled to Gatlinburg Tennessee to the Annual Public Safety Cadet Conference July 17 through 21st and won First Place in the “Officer Rescue” drill category. Our own Hyattsville Division I COPS Officer Lobin is seen in separate photos hoisting the trophy with Cadets.

The Law Enforcement Exploring Program is a work-based training program designed to promote citizenship, build character, and develop physical and mental fitness.


Friday Night LIVE!

August 11 and September 8

6:30 - 8:30PM | City Hall Plaza

The City of College Park is hosting a series of concerts over the summer and you are invited!

Be there TONIGHT for live music from Groovalicious! Beer from Streetcar 82 and Maryland Meadworks, and good eats from Bills BBQ and Concineros, will be available for purchase.

Children will enjoy performers, a bounce house, kids' activities, and arts and crafts.  

All concerts will be held at City Hall Plaza (7401 Baltimore Avenue) between May -September from 6:30 to 8:30PM. Parking will be free at the Downtown College Park parking garage at the corner of Yale and Knox. 

Night at the Movies

August 26 | 8:00PM | Calvert Field

Come and join us for a fun and FREE Night at the Movies! Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets to enjoy a movie with the whole family under the stars.

The event will feature the film, "Super Mario Bros. Movie" and fun activities like a moon bounce, face painting, games and more! There will also be sno-cones and popcorn!

Show-time is at sunset.


College Park Day

October 7 | 12 - 6PM | College Park Aviation Museum

College Park Day is on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the College Park Aviation Museum and Airport (1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive)!

This is the City of College Park’s signature event and features a wide array of activities, entertainment, and fun to celebrate the community.

The event is open to the public and free to attend.   

Interested in becoming a Vendor? Apply to serve Food & Drinks or join as a Community Vendor.

We're also looking for event volunteers! Sign up today here.

Learn more at collegeparkday.org.


Department of Public Works

Items available to purchase from the Department: 

Call 240-487-3590 for more information, or visit: www.collegeparkmd.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. 


Soft & Woody Yard Waste

Soft yard waste and woody brush are processed independently into two different end products; therefore, these materials should be prepared separately for collection and further processing. Learn more here.

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. You can find the permit application at www.collegeparkmd.gov/TreeRemovalApp. For more information, click here.

Styrofoam Recycling

A drop-off container is available 24/7 at the entrance to Public Works for block Styrofoam recycling. Only block Styrofoam is accepted in the white cart. No peanuts, cups, plates, or egg cartons are allowed. 

Maryland Department of Agriculture's Mosquito Control Program

From late May through September, the City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations with spraying and larviciding.

In order for MDA personnel to spray, they will first survey the area of concern using traps and landing rate counts, (they may also request access to your property to place a trap for their survey). If mosquito count thresholds are met, they may make a control spray application in the neighborhood, but please be aware that they do not spray individual properties.

West Nile and Zika virus are both transmitted by mosquitoes. To help control the mosquito population in your community, remember to tip anything that holds water on a weekly basis (birdbaths, old tires, plastic children’s toys, tarps, pet dishes etc.)

Residents can request exclusion from the adult spray program. More information, including the exemption form, can be found on our website: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/322/Insects-Pollinators

Curbside Food Scrap Collection

Keep reusable waste out of the landfill! If your household currently receives curbside trash and recycling collection within the City of College Park, you can participate in the new Food Scrap collection program. By diverting food waste, we can decrease harmful greenhouse gases.

Ongoing registrations accepted. Sign up online at


For more information call 240-487-3590 or visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/foodscraps.

Sign Up Here

City Tree Programs

Trees provide many benefits such as reduction of cooling and heating costs, interception of rainwater, increased property values, and improved air quality. The City offers a few ways to help. More information is available at www.collegeparkmd.gov/trees

The City is planning for fall tree plantings, so get your requests in soon!

Department of Public Services

Weekly Highlights of Contract Police Activity

Contract police activity reports will return next week.

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.


Meetings at a Glance

City of College Park Council Meetings

Wednesday, September 5 - 7:30p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 - 7:30p.m.

Wednesday, September 19 - 7:30p.m.

CLICK HERE to join the meeting 

Zoom ID Number: 923 9857 4069

Dial in Phone Number: 301-715-8592

  • After dialing the phone number, enter the meeting ID when prompted, press #.
  • There is no participant ID, press #.
  • Enter the meeting password 419048, press #.

CLICK HERE for detailed instructions on how to use Zoom.

Please note: participants will be muted during the meeting, except during public comment.

CLICK HERE for the City's calendar

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 Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83396094990?pwd=WjJVYXZlL2ZxZWFiMTYwYVdqL3hnQT09 

Join by phone: 978- 990-5399, Meeting ID: 833 9609 4990, Password: 720306

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