News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Lifelong Takoma Day is Tomorrow!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lifelong Takoma Day is happening tomorrow and we're annoucning there will be a contest!

Lifelong Takoma Day Video Contest

What it is...

A contest to showcase your best 10 second video or photo taken with your cell phone at the Lifelong Takoma Day

How does it work?

Submit a photo or 10-second video showing what you liked best at the event. Your entry will be entered into a drawing. If your name is drawn you will be contacted and given a prize! Your video footage or photo will be highlighted on the City of Takoma Park website, on the Lifelong Takoma page.

What is the prize? You choose!

  • Takoma Park polo shirt

-or-

  • Lifelong Takoma tote bag with full-colored logo.

Visit the Lifelong Takoma page for more details!

Finalists for Takoma Junction RFP Announced!

Friday, September 5, 2014

The City of Takoma Park is excited to announce the four finalists for redevelopment of a City owned parcel at “Takoma Junction,” the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues in Takoma Park. The City received seven proposals in response to a Request for Proposals, released January 22, 2014. The four finalists will make public presentations on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. Residents are encouraged to attend and give input to developers, City Council and City Staff on the plans for the evolution of the Takoma Junction.

The finalists are:

  • The Ability Project
  • Community 3 Development, LLC
  • Keystar LLC and Eco Housing
  • Neighborhood Development Company

The proposals for redevelopment offer a vibrant mix of commercial and residential uses, with green space, sustainable features and a multitude of public amenities. Please visit the Takoma Junction RFP page for a comprehensive look at the project. A press release is also available. (PDF)

Lifelong Takoma Day - September 20!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The First Annual Lifelong Takoma Day, a wonderful new event for all residents aged 55+, will be happening here at Community Center (7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912) on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm! The event will share with residents resources to enhance their lives in the community and give you chance to meet your neighbors! Information on housing, transportation, health, nutrition, fire safety, emergency preparedness, volunteering, and more will be available as this free event.

There will also be free snacks, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, live music and poetry, art workshops and chances to kick back and play games in the Community Center's game room! There are will also be presentations on the "Power of Play" and "Living Fully." For a comprehensive look at everything offered check out the flyer and the Lifelong Takoma section of the website!

Junction Parking Pay Station

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The City of Takoma Park's Junction pay station at the Junction has become operational as of Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Parking at the Junction costs $0.25 per 15 minutes with a 4 hour maximum between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:00 pm. Sundays and federal holidays are free. Overnight parking is not allowed.

The City-owned lot is located between the TPSS Co-op at 201 Ethan Allen Avenue and the Takoma Auto Clinic at 7221 Carroll Avenue. Parking spaces at the back of the lot by the fence are managed by the TPSS Co-op for the use of Co-op staff and customers.

Upcoming Street Milling & Resurfacing Work

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The City of Takoma Park will be resurfacing several streets beginning on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. The City’s contractor will be milling streets in preparation for paving. Paving is expected to take place after Labor Day starting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. For a detailed look at when and what streets will be affected follow the link below:

Takoma Park Quarter Finalist for Georgetown University Energy Prize!

Friday, August 8, 2014

$5M News!

The City of Takoma Park is a quarter-finalist for the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The City is among a very select group of only 52 small to medium sized cities and counties from across the country that have advanced to the quarterfinalist round of the competition. Arlington Virginia is the closest competing jurisdiction.

You can read more about the competition at www.guep.org. There is also a press release from Georgetown University available.

Community Development Block Grant Program

Monday, August 4, 2014

Applications due September 8, 2014

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to fund activities that primarily benefit low and moderate-income residents of Takoma Park. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to programming or projects that address local housing, employment, crime prevention, childcare, health care, drug abuse prevention, education, mental health, welfare, neighborhood revitalization, or recreation needs.

Approximately $13,500 is available for programming which primarily benefits individuals or households of low and moderate incomes. An estimated $77,500 is available for capital projects benefiting low and moderate-income neighborhoods. The project could be something that an organization does on its own or in partnership with the City of Takoma Park. Funds would be available in mid to late 2015.

Additional information and a copy of the FY16 CDBG Application can be accessed online at http://www.takomaparkmd.gov/hcd/community-grants.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Takoma Park's Housing and Community Development Department at 301-891-7119.

2014 Resident Survey Available for Review!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The City of Takoma Park Resident Survey 2014 Report of Results are now available for viewing and download! The 2014 Takoma Park Resident Survey was mailed to 3,000 randomly selected Takoma Park households. Of the 2,862 eligible households who received the survey, 1,071 completed and returned the mailed questionnaire.

The 2014 Takoma Park Resident Survey serves as a consumer report card for Takoma Park by providing residents the opportunity to rate the quality of life in the City, as well as the community’s amenities, service delivery and their satisfaction with local government. The survey also permits residents to provide feedback to government on what is working well and what is not, and to communicate their priorities for community planning and resource allocation. This was the third implementation of the Takoma Park Resident Survey; the first was conducted in 2007 and the second in 2009. 

The 2014 survey, along with those from previous years, are available as a PDFs on the Resident Surveys page:

New at the Library: Energy Use Meter for Home Use!

Friday, June 27, 2014

You can now check out a Belkin "Conserve Insight" energy use meter at the Takoma Park Library. The device is similar to a Kill-a-Watt, and can help you identify which appliances and gadgets in your home are using the most electricity. Simply plug the Conserve Insight into an outlet, then plug an appliance or other electronic device into the Conserve Insight, and the meter will display how much money and electricity the item uses. Understanding your energy consumption is the first step towards reducing it. This new item is being offered in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Action Plan, a City-wide effort to reduce energy use. You can check out the Conserve Insight at the library main desk, the lending period is 3 weeks.

If you have questions about the device, contact the Sustainability Manager, Gina Mathias, at GinaM@takomaparkmd.gov, or 301-891-7623.