Published on: Friday, August 26, 2016 City Manager & Staff Blog

A Back to School Message from the City Manager

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Suzanne Ludlow, City Manager

From Suzanne Ludlow, City Manager of Takoma Park

Dear Residents,

School starts on Monday, Council reconvenes on September 7, and just like that, summer’s over!

On Monday, traffic around Takoma Park will be quite challenging. Our wonderful crossing guards and patrol officers will be helping school children and their parents find their way to school safely.

Prepare to take extra time to get to work and school, and check your planned routes in advance. The Carroll Avenue Bridge closure means that many of the bus and travel routes you used a couple of months ago are changed. And, as I write this, there is planned and unplanned road, sidewalk and utility work going on across the City that adds even more confusion.

To help you navigate Takoma Park safely, follow the City of Takoma Park on social media (Twitter, Facebook), sign up for Takoma Park Alert and check the City’s website. If you see a dangerous situation, please call our Police Department at 301-270-1100 so that we can address the matter quickly.

Over the coming months, we will be facing more Metrorail SafeTrack repair work that will affect us, as well as a lot of utility work that will cause frustration.

The bright side to all of this is that, if we have to be stuck, at least we’re stuck in Takoma Park!

In the coming month, there will be a lot of things to do to take our minds off of travel woes. Come to Takoma FOLK on September 11 which kicks off at the Old Takoma Gazebo at 10 AM, the 8th Annual Play Day on September 24 at the Takoma Park Middle School, the Unity in the Community Kick-off on September 25 at Capital City Cheesecake, or just go swimming at the Piney Branch Public Pool. So, be prepared and carry on!

Suzanne Ludlow

Suzanne Ludlow
City Manager
Phone: 301-891-7229