College Park Post
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COLLEGE PARK POST
Edition 45 FEBRUARY 2024
Find heartfelt gifts and experiences in College Park
Where can you find heartfelt finds this Valentine’s Day? Make your expressions of love truly special and unique by shopping locally! From charming delights to fun adventures, the City provides a way for all lovers to create lasting memories. Be sure to:
Enjoy a staycation. Stay close to home while getting far enough away from the kids and responsibilities of life! College Park’s many hotels offer a cozy home away from home and keep you connected to the many attractions in the City.
Visit Shop Made In Maryland for unique gifts that reflect your hometown love! Opened in December of 2023, this store is dedicated to showcasing the talents of Maryland-based designers, artists, and makers. Whether your loved one enjoys designing, crafting, roasting, baking, brewing, or building, Shop Made in Maryland has something for them. Their café also features a nice atmosphere to taste test their coffee bar or taps with Cold Brew, Kombucha, beer, and cider. Visit them on the ground floor of City Hall.
Have an experience that positively impacts your wellness. Visit a local nail salon for a manicure and pedicure or check out couples spa packages at The Hotel to plan a relaxing day that recharges you.
Indulge your sweet tooth with delicious dessert options in College Park. At Coldstone Creamery and Rita’s Italian Ice, you’ll find an assortment of flavors that will excite your taste buds. For luxurious treats, check out Pure Sweet Indulgence Bakery for custom cakes and dessert tables for any occasion.
Have an enchanting experience – consult a psychic. Discard the conventional expressions of love and dare to have a thought-provoking adventure instead! Whether you’re in a committed relationship or navigating the complexities of love, a psychic can be a fun way to gain a deeper understanding of your romantic journey.
Complete your gift with flowers! Local florists, Concrete Rose Floral or Wood’s Flowers & Gifts, can help your love bloom this season. From classic roses to exotic flowers, local floral artisans will craft a bouquet that perfectly reflects your love story.
Create a culinary adventure. From classic American combinations to international flavors, College Park restaurants offer an option for every meal and tastebud. Have brunch at Milk & Honey or Iron Rooster, an intimate dinner at GrillMarx or MeatUp, or takeout from the Jerk Pit to satisfy your stomach and your loved one. Visit www.collegepark.life for a full list of restaurants in the City.
Take a sunset stroll or bike ride as a perfect date night option for those who appreciate the tranquility of nature. Follow the Paint Branch Trail to Lake Artemesia for a scenic spot to enjoy a romantic moment!
Showcase your love online by following your favorite local brands on social media, sharing your favorite finds, and leaving positive reviews. Your online support helps local businesses thrive!
JOIN THE PARADE FORCE!
Register to be a part of College Park’s third annual parade! This year’s cosmic celebration is Star Wars- themed. From seasoned Jedis to baby Yodas, everyone is welcome to dress up and participate. Use jedi mind tricks to convince your friends and neighbors to join you!
Interested in volunteering to help with the parade?
Flee! Stories of Flight
Black History Month exhibit on display at City Hall
In honor of Black History Month, the City or College Park is providing the traveling exhibition, FLEE! Stories of Flight from Maryland In Black and White, for public display.
The Underground Railroad touched all parts of society, enslaved and free, black and white. Runaway slaves looked to friends, family and strangers for assistance. Slave owners and supporters of slavery worked to capture escapees for financial gain and to preserve their local system.
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Young expLorers (up to 10 years oLd) wiLL receive a basket to search for prized treasures during two hunt times: 10:30am 0R 11:30am. Enjoy Live music, cocoa, cookies, and pictures with Peter Co†ontaiL!
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FLEE! Stories of Flight from Maryland In Black and White
exhibit explores previously unknown stories of slave owners, fugitives and accomplices to show how slavery and the flight to freedom shapes the lives of all Marylanders.
The Maryland State Archives produced this exhibit as part of its ongoing effort to study the legacy of slavery in Maryland.
The five-panel traveling exhibit will be displayed on the first floor of The City of College Park’s City Hall building, located at 7401 Baltimore Avenue, during the month of February, available to be viewed from 8AM – 5PM M-F, in honor of Black History Month.
Summer Camp Scholarship
City of College Park Youth (rising K-12) can apply for up to $400 per student for local area summer camps
The City of College Park’s annual summer camp scholarship applications are now open!
Youth (rising K-12) who reside in the City of College Park are eligible to apply. Scholarships are granted up to a maximum of $400 per student. Students are eligible to receive a scholarship for one camp session only. Priority is given to youth who did not receive a City of College Park scholarship in previous years. The scholarship can be used for camps hosted by the University of Maryland, Prince George’s County Department of Parks & Recreation, and Prince George’s Community College.
For updated information and details on camps offered by each organization, please visit their individual websites. Please check the websites frequently for updates.
To learn more about the scholarships and to apply, visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/summercamp2024.
CITY HOLIDAY CLOSURES
All City offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observace of the President’s Day holiday.
There will be no trash or recycling collections on February 19th; all collection days slide forward one day (Monday collections will occur on Tuesday and so forth), and Friday is the only special/bulk trash collection day for that week.
AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
Did You Know The City of College Park was approved to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly communities?
As a member of this national network, College Park joins over 500 communities whose elected leadership have committed to work toward making their cities great places to live for all ages. The group working on this project is composed of members of the Senior Advisory Committee and other resident stakeholders. Focus areas include the domains of housing, transportation, communication, social participation, health services and community support.
The City adopted an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan in May 2023. The overarching goal of the plan is to make College Park a retirement destination and to promote the advantages for current residents to age in place. Through the plan the City will be a place where:
- A variety of convenient, low-cost, multimodal transportation options will be available.
- A variety of safe, affordable, well-maintained housing types are available to meet the needs of all ages, incomes and ability groups.
- People of all ages will receive useful and timely communications from the City in a format that they can readily access.
- There will be opportunities to be engaged in multicultural, multi-generational activities including social, educational and volunteer programs.
- Physical and mental health services as well as recreational and wellness activities will be accessible to residents of all ages, abilities and incomes.
The City utilizes a variety of communication rools to reach it’s many residents and stakeholders. Seek out the tools you prefer to use to find the information you need, when you need it.
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TRAFFIC ALERT: TRAFFIC SWITCH ON US-1
(February 5, 2024) –The State
Highway Administration will perform a traffic switch to begin median construction on US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) between Lakeland Drive and south of MD 193 (Greenbelt Road) College Park this week. Weather permitting, this work will be complete by late spring 2024.
The median construction work is part of the US 1 College Park Improvement Project. Work will take place on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single-lane closures northbound and southbound will also be in effect.
Customers who have questions
may contact the District 3 Office at 301-513-7300 or toll-free at 1-800-
For a list of all major State Highway Administration projects, go to Project Portal, or visit the homepage at roads.maryland.gov.
For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland. gov.
Please check the MDOT SHA website for more information: https://www. roads.maryland.gov/mdotsha/ p a g es/pres srele as e details. aspx?newsId=4923&PageId=818.
ENVISIONING ROANOKE POCKET PARK
Your Voice Matters! A community
poll is underway to determine the future site for a pocket park along Roanoke Ave in Berwyn.
Residents are invited to cast their votes to select the ideal location for the new green space. Due to the nature of the location, environmentally sensitive options are being considered. Submit your opinion by March 23 at www. collegeparkmd.gov/roanokepark.
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