News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Summer Youth Employment Program Business Interest Meeting

Monday, March 2, 2015

Empowering Youth Through Employment

The Recreation Department is looking for businesses to partner with for our Summer Youth Employment Program!

Youth will complete a soft-line training by the Recreation Department and will be eligible to work up to 20 hours a week during the summer with you! (8 weeks starting June 22)

Be the memorable business or non-profit that gives a teen their first job and teaches them important life lessons they will carry with them forever.

Teen College Expo Trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

Teens (ages 15-18) are you thinking about applying to colleges or wondering if it may be too expensive? Think again. Travel with us via motor coach on Saturday March 14,  to Tarboro, NC to attend the annual College Round-Up at Edgecombe Community College. College Round-Up affords you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with college representatives who would like to help YOU find a way to get accepted into college.

Snow Angels Pilot Needs Your Help!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do you like the feeling of crisp cool air and the sense of personal reward that you get from helping others? Is a helper's high what it's all about or feeling accomplished after completing a goal?

The Snow Angels pilot is at full capacity and there are still other residents who need assistance. Got an interest? Call us (202) 815-3217 to volunteer your help.

Library Design Update

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On February 9, Greg Lukmire of The Lukmire Partnership presented his final report on design options for the Library to the City Council.

He reviewed the scope of work undertaken by their firm, the data gathering process, and the preferred re-design options – one for renovating the existing building and two for possible expansion. He also discussed their analysis of the existing building, and the constraints posed by ADA regulations.

Cost estimates for a renovated or expanded Library building, including constructions costs and other project costs range from $2,100,168 for renovation alone, to $3,190,481 for a 3,838 SF expansion, or $3,488,227 for a 4,465 SF expansion. The project, which would entail closure of the existing Library during construction, moving services for about a year, and storage of the bulk of the Library’s collections, will be considered by the Council during the upcoming budget season.

An expanded Library would provide the Library with a dedicated program room, a space for young adult collections, group study space and more lounge seating for family reading. It would retain the breadth and depth of the existing book collections, which residents have said they value, and which help to characterize it as a neighborhood library, distinct from larger libraries in the area.

A link to the full report by The Lukmire Partnership may be downloaded here.

Community Grants Program

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The City of Takoma Park has announced that it is accepting Letters of Intent from organizations interested in applying for funding through the FY16 Community Grants Program. An informational meeting on available funding opportunities and the application process will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7 pm in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD. Though not required, prospective applicants to attend. The deadline for the submission of Letters of Intent is March 20, 2015.

Information on the City's Community Grants Program and the application process is available online at http://www.takomaparkmd.gov/hcd/community-grants.

Applications Due on April 1 for Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Owners of county properties may be eligible to receive a 25 percent tax credit for various rehabilitation or maintenance projects, such as fixing a window, replacing a roof or repainting.

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is accepting applications from county property owners seeking a financial reward for faithfully restoring the exteriors of their historic structures. To be eligible for the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Tax Credit, the property must be listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation.

Details are available on the Montgomery County Planning Board's website.

First Time Home Buyer Class

Monday, February 2, 2015

The City of Takoma Park will be presenting a First Time Home Buyer Class on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center. Class is free for Takoma Park residents. (There is a $25 fee for non-residents.)

Expert speakers from a lending institution, title company, real estate office, insurance and inspections will be on hand to teach you home the home buying process! Learn the entire process for buying a house or condo during our HUD-approved housing agency sponsored April 25th class!

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion! Pre-registration to the event is required. To register call or email the CIty of Takoma Park's Affordable Housing Manager, Linda Walker at 301-891-7222 or LindaW@takomaparkmd.gov.

A flyer for the event is availalbe here. (PDF)

The Montgomery County GreenFest is March 28th!

Friday, January 16, 2015

On Saturday, March 28th, hundreds of people will come together on the campus of Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring to celebrate our environment and the role we all play in keeping it healthy. The Montgomery County GreenFest is a free event with something for everyone to enjoy.

  • Hear from national and local experts
  • Watch documentaries as a part of the Environmental Film Festival
  • Explore the exhibits and talk to nonprofits
  • Listen to music and entertainment
  • Bring the kids for indoor demonstrations and outdoor activities in Jesup Blair Park

Best of all, it's FREE! We hope you'll join the fun.