Public Works

2 Hour Delay - Tuesday, March 4

Due to the snow emergency, City of Takoma Park offices will open at 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 4. Takoma Park’s Morning Addition and Afternoon Addition programs are canceled.

News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Snow Emergency - March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

The City's Public Works crews have been working since late last night in order to make progress on treating and clearing City streets. Currently, all trucks are out plowing snow. The crews plan to plow and treat streets this afternoon and into the night. Weather forecasts call for the snow to end this afternoon, however, temperatures are estimated to stay below freezing into tomorrow which may cause slick streets and sidewalks. Please stay off the streets unless necessary to allow City crews to do their work.

Trash collection is anticipated to occur Tuesday, though it will be later than usual, and the future collection schedule should be normal for the remainder of the week.

Throughout the City, we see lots of neighbors doing their part by clearing driveways and paths and want to also encourage you to help clear sidewalks and bus stops so that pedestrians can avoid walking or standing in the street which is very dangerous. Please do your part during and after these snow storms and shovel the sidewalk in front of your house.  

Parking on Maple Avenue between the hospital and Philadelphia Avenue is prohibited, as it is a designated Snow Emergency street. Please remove your car if you have not already.

Information will be posted on our website about future conditions with current information as it becomes available. It should be noted the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday March 3rd will be postponed to Tuesday March 4th.  

Again, stay safe and warm today and please only travel if it is absolutely necessary. Thanks.

Safe Grow Act

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Safe Grow Act restricts the use of pesticides for cosmetic lawn care in the City of Takoma Park. Starting March 1, 2014, Takoma Park will prohibit commercial applicators from applying restricted pesticides for lawn care purposes on private property or public rights-of-way in the City. Starting January 1, 2015, the law will apply to all individuals and will prohibit the use of restricted pesticides for lawn care purposes. Passage of the Safe Grow Act marks the first time that a United States municipality the size of Takoma Park has used its authority to broadly restrict pesticide use on private and public property.

The Safe Grow Act's list of restricted pesticides includes pesticide and pesticide products that are known causes of cancer or endocrine disruptors. Additionally, restricted items have been identified by environmental agencies in the United States, European Union, and Canada as having other toxicity characteristics. Exceptions exist for the control of certain noxious weeds, invasive species, and for public health pests. More information on the law can be found at: 

Town Hall Meeting on Cross-Border Crime Trends and Crime Prevention

Monday, February 17, 2014

When: February 25, 2014
Where/Time: Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7:00 pm
Why: Takoma Park borders a number of policing jurisdictions, including Montgomery County 3rd District, Prince George's County 1st District and DC Metropolitan Police District 4th/5th. As such, Takoma Park provides an ideal location to discuss cross-border crime, information sharing and cooperation. In addition, crime prevention strategies will be discussed.

2014 Residents Survey

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The City of Takoma Park conducts a Residents Survey every few years to learn how our residents judge City services, what they think of their neighborhoods, and how they feel about issues affecting our community. Below are links to the 2007 and 2010 Residents Surveys. The 2014 Residents Survey is underway now, with results expected in May, 2014.

If you receive one of the surveys, please respond - we really want to know what your household thinks!

Questions about the surveys can be directed to Deputy City Manager Suzanne Ludlow at:

Phone: 301-891-7229

Previous surveys:

Library Needs Assessment Report

Monday, February 10, 2014

The "Community Needs Assessment and Visioning for a 21st Century Public Library" was done for the Takoma Park Maryland Library by Providence Associates in the final months of 2013.  It was completed at the end of January 2014, and the final report is now available at the following link:

It contains a summary of survey and focus group responses, 'best practices' of 21st century public libraries and consultant recommendations - followed by an appendix detailing the data that was gathered. 

We are excited to share this report with the Takoma Park community.  It will be discussed with the City Council on February 27th at a round table discussion on the Library which the public is welcome to attend. 

SHA Projects in Takoma Park

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is currently operating two major road construction projects in Takoma Park. The projects are a rehabilitation of the Carroll Avenue Bridge over Sligo Creek Parkway and maintenance of the New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650) bridge over Sligo Creek. More information can be found at the following links:

All questions about either project should be directed to SHA.

February Newsletter is Out!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Will Takoma Junction finally be developed? Can we really hunt deer in our backyards? Find out in the TP Newsletter, where you'll also find a calendar of events (arts and literature, anyone?) plus recreation classes and library news.

The printed version is available here in the community center and is mailed to all residents. The current and past newsletters are also available here on the website:

Request for Proposals: Redevelopment of Takoma Junction Lot

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The City of Takoma Park is seeking proposals from experienced developers for the redevelopment of an approximately 53,493 square feet parcel located in the Takoma Junction, at the intersection of Carroll Avenue and Philadelphia/Ethan Allen Avenues in Takoma Park, MD. The property was acquired by the City in 1995 for purposes of stabilizing this small but important historic neighborhood commercial district and facilitating the redevelopment of the area in furtherance of the City’s master plan. Proposed uses must be in compliance with the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance and all other applicable codes. Design features and the siting of any new construction should be contextually appropriate. While not a requirement of this Request for Proposals (RFP), developers are encouraged to consider incorporating, to the greatest extent possible, adjoining commercial parcels in any proposal and to consider the interests of the existing businesses

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Optional site tours may be scheduled the week of February 3 - 7, and an Informational Meeting will be held at the Takoma Park Community Center on, February 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Learn more and to download the detailed Request for Proposals at:

Municipal Tax Duplication

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Montgomery County is considering not refunding the full amount of duplicated taxes Takoma Park residents pay. Takoma Park Councilmembers and staff will be attending the Monday, October 28 meeting of the County  Council Government Operations Committee to express our concern.

Info From SHA: Major Bridge Work on Carroll Avenue

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

From SHA:

The MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway is scheduled for major rehabilitation starting in Spring 2015. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will replace the bridge deck, sidewalk, and railings, and rehabilitate major elements of the bridge including the beams and columns that support the deck above the two arches. In order to complete the necessary work safely, the bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured during construction.

For additional information, you are invited to attend a Public Meeting on October 2, 2013.

The Informational Workshop will acquaint the public with the project. Display boards will show operational and safety improvements, and SHA representatives will be available to discuss project issues and answer  questions concerning construction. No formal presentation will be given. Feel free to arrive at any time and walk through at your own pace.

The State Highway Administration has provided a flyer detailing the work which is available below as a PDF.