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Archaeology is the study of objects made by humans in the past. These objects, sometimes uncovered centuries later, are called artifacts. Other objects we uncover under the earth are fossils, like Dinosaur bones! The study of fossils is called Paleontology.
At our office, which is often in the great outdoors, we work to uncover, collect, and preserve artifacts and fossils. Our public programs, like "Dig Days," are an opportunity for you to get your hands in the earth while learning valuable skills and uncovering history untouched for generations.
We can learn so much about the past from studying artifacts and fossils. We can piece together the history of humans and animals, we can understand how they once lived, and even find similarities and connections we can relate to today. Explore our different sites, let’s uncover untold stories, and we can learn and grow on this journey through time together!
Parking is FREE! Accessible parking is also available with proper state-issued vehicle credentials.
Pets are not allowed at the Showdown. Registered service animals, however, are permitted. Because of vendors and visitors attending the event, restricting pets helps to maintain food safety standards.
No outside food or drinks are permitted. You will, however, be able to purchase food from a variety of vendors at the Showdown.
There will be two large dining tents near the stage. Additionally, we recommend wearing hats, cool clothing, and bringing something like a small ‘sun’brella for shade. There will not be enough space to accommodate personal tents or the like.
Yes! ATMs will be available at the main gate and near the Children’s Area.
Vendors will be available to offer an assortment of great foods including everything from appetizers to main dishes and desserts!
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the kids! Our Children’s Area is full of fun with crafts, games, bounce inflatables, a stage with entertainers just for them and many other entertaining activities! (A small fee applies for some attractions)
The Lost & Found will be located at the front entrance under the large, blue information tent.
Timing is everything! Starting at about 2 pm, the Tasting Tent will host two events, each for a small fee in which different teams submit sauces and ribs for tasting: The Sauce Boss competition and the Bones for Bucks! For a small fee, you can dip pulled chicken or pulled pork into various sauces and/or purchase rib bones. After you taste them, vote for your favorite! It will be a finger-licking good time!
There are lots to do! Be sure to check out the Chef Demonstrations near the Tasting Tent as well as the Slice & Dice competition where local chefs battle it out for the title of, "Top Chef!" There is also an awesome Car Show near the entrance!
Award announcements will begin at 4:45 pm. Winners of the car show, Buck A Bone, Boss Sauce, Slice & Dice Chef and, of course, the KCBS cooking teams! Teams have been up for over 24 hours performing their grill magic and will turn in the best meats they can to the very particular KCBS Judges. Come find out who all our winners are and who will take home a piece of the $15,000 prize purse!
You can choose where and when you want to walk. Walk inside, walk outside, and even walk on a treadmill! You can also walk on your own, with a friend or with a group.
For those interested, Monday morning group walks will commence throughout the summer. We will meet at different locations throughout the County. A group walk schedule will be posted to this website as well as emailed out to all Club 300 members. The group walk schedule is included in your paper walking mileage log. Come out and meet other Club 300 members and keep those feet moving as we explore some of the wonderful trails in our area!
Come out and meet other Club 300 members and keep those feet moving as we explore some of the wonderful trails in our area. For those who are interested, Club 300 group walks will be scheduled and posted on the Club 300 page. During the winter months, we will be offering a Club 300 group walk monthly. During the summer months, our group walks will be more frequent. We will be meeting at different locations throughout the County. Be sure to check the Club 300 page for dates, times, and locations of our Club 300 group walks.
If you are currently registered with Club 300, all you have to do is log on to the Club 300 page. You will be asked if you want to take the East Coast Greenway Challenge; click yes and you will automatically be registered. Please note, you do not need to participate in the challenge to be a member of Club 300.
If you want to take the challenge and are not currently registered in the program, visit the Club 300 page and complete the online registration form or call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3400 for assistance.
For assistance, please call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3403 at the end of each month and we will help record your miles online.
Please call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3403 for assistance.
As you walk the East Coast Greenway, you will earn a State pin for each State you have “virtually” walked across! Here are those States:
The College Park Airport is owned and operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Per Maryland regulations, trees in designated areas near the College Park Airport must be trimmed every four to eight years. The College Park Airport Safety Project is an effort led by M-NCPPC to ensure those requirements are met.
The State of Maryland and the Federal Aviation Administration established minimum obstruction requirements that help protect the well-being of the public, both in aircrafts and on the ground. For more information, visit faa.gov.
As trees grow, they encroach on the navigable approach and departure airspace. As outlined in the FAA regulations and COMAR, we are required to ensure there is no obstructions or penetrations into this safely guarded airspace. Moving forward, M-NCPPC is committed to monitoring tree growth yearly in order to mitigate the long-term impact on the trees, surrounding environment, and protected airspace.
No, the operations of the airport will not be impacted. The actual surface length of the runway has not changed. M-NCPPC continues to ensure safe operations at the airport.
Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs) are a visual aid on the airport runway that helps guide pilots when landing aircrafts. No additional tree trimming or removal is necessary when installing PAPIs.
M-NCPPC will monitor tree growth yearly in order to mitigate the long-term impact on the trees, surrounding environment, and protected airspace.
M-NCPPC will continue to work closely with the City of College Park and the Town of Riverdale Park, host community meetings as needed, and share information via social media and the College Park Airport website in order to keep the community up to date on this effort.
Residents can submit questions to PublicAffairs@pgparks.com.
The Department of Parks and Recreation has a variety of places that you can host events in including but not limited to pavilions, venues, historical mansions, park buildings, community centers, and picnic shelters. You can find a space to host a family event by checking out our Parks and Recreation Rentals webpage.
The Department of Parks and Recreation allows the use of its community centers for different organizations. As a non-profit organization, you may be eligible for a discounted rental price.
View our Community Center Rentals webpage in order to find out more information about renting community centers for your events.
The Department of Parks and Recreation offers rentals of different park buildings throughout the county. There are two different types of park buildings that can be rented including a regular park building that has a kitchen and a park building that does not have a kitchen.
For more information, view our Park Building Rentals webpage.
The Department of Parks and Recreation offers the Bandwagon stage for all interested in taking their event to the next level! The bandwagon is a mobile covered trailer with a stage. This stage also comes equipped with many useful features like microphones and speakers.
For more information about renting the bandwagon for your event, view our Bandwagon Rental webpage.
The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages charitable benefits among the community members. In order to host a walk/run event, you must fill out the form below and submit it to the appropriate office.
Walk/Run Benefit Application (PDF)
The Department of Parks and Recreation offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for students, individuals, organizations, and more. Individuals and groups can help on a one-day project or on an ongoing basis.
For more information about volunteering with the Department, view our Volunteer Opportunities webpage.
Comprehensive planning is the process through which a residents, workers, property owners, students, and other stakeholders identify their vision for the future growth, development, or preservation of their community. Prince George’s County’s comprehensive plan is Plan Prince George’s 2035 (Plan 2035).
Plan 2035 is further refined at the local level by the County’s 38 area master, sector, and transit district development plans. You can find out more about these plans at the Long-Range Planning Section’s website.
For more information, please call 240-524-8413.
A list of Community Planning Division staff and their community planning responsibilities is shown on the Community Planner Responsibility Map
Recent public meetings are made available on the Planning Department's YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel to stay engaged as projects develop in the County.
Yes. Staff is available to provide planning and design assistance to your city, town, and community. Our professionals possess skills in many specialized areas such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and transportation planning. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission offers a Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities Program. This program is available upon written request to:
Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
For further details and examples of eligible projects for design assistance, please refer to the Planning Assistance for Municipalities and Communities (PAMC) website.
Pursuant to State law, the Zoning Ordinance divides Prince George’s County into 37 Planning Areas. The Planning Department groups these Planning Areas into seven (7) Subregions. A master plan for a Subregion, a Planning Area, or more than one Planning Area is called an “Area Master Plan.”
A master plan for portions of one or more Planning Areas is called a “Sector Plan.” A master plan created for areas designated in the pre-2018 Zoning Ordinance as Transit District Overlay Zones are called “Transit District Development Plans.” All of these (area master, sector, and transit district development plans) have the same applicability as master plans. The County currently has 38 active master plans.
Each master plan is an amendment to the County’s General Plan.
The Planning Department works closely with community stakeholders to develop area master and sector plans. The process of developing a plan includes data gathering and analysis, inclusive and extensive public and stakeholder engagement, evaluating scenarios for future growth, identifying a vision for the future of an area, and articulating the necessary policies and strategies to implement that vision. Master and sector plans have a 20- to 25-year horizon.
Once drafted, a preliminary, or staff draft, master or sector plan is released to the public for review and comment. Following a public hearing, a master or sector plan is adopted by the Prince George’s County Planning Board. The adopted plan is then presented to the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council. Once approved by the District Council, plan recommendations guide decisions concerning land use, housing and neighborhoods, the natural environment, transportation and mobility, community heritage, culture, and design, public facilities, economic prosperity, and healthy communities that affect the physical growth and development of the area so that consistent and appropriate action may be taken. Adopted and approved plans do not take the place of existing zoning, nor do plans require that rezoning requests be automatically granted or denied. They do, however, provide a basis for comprehensive rezoning consistent with the recommendations of the plan. In most instances, immediately following or concurrently with approval of a master or sector plan, the Planning Board initiates comprehensive rezoning, also called a sectional map amendment.
The Plan Prince George’s 2035 is the County’s General Plan that helps guide future growth, development, and public investments in Prince George’s County. It establishes policies and strategies to achieve the County’s long-term vision.
The General Plan reflects the values and priorities of the County’s residents, property and business owners, community leaders, and elected officials, while also establishing broad policies on:
For more information, please visit www.planpgc2035.com or call 240-524-8413.
A sectional map amendment (SMA) is a comprehensive rezoning amendment for properties within an entire geographic area, such as a subregion, planning area or part of a planning area. The purpose of an SMA is to revise zoning patterns to conform to recommendations of the applicable master or sector plan. SMAs are adopted for most plans with the exception of the general plan and functional master plans.
Companions are an assistant chosen by the patron with a disability to support them with participation within M-NCPPC sponsored programs, classes, events, drop-ins and/or memberships.
Companions must be 14 years of age or older and be able to accommodate the patron with the disability within the program setting while following the Code of Conduct and program rules. The Disability Services Team (DST) has sole discretion to determine what is to be in the best interest of M-NCPPC and the Department.
Yes, a person may elect to have more than one companion. A patron with a disability may choose to have more than one companion for various reasons such as; additional companions maybe a backup, for a specific day or program, or maybe require two to assist with lifting, etc.
Companions support the patron with the disability with specific manual, verbal, and/or visual modifications prior to, during, and/or after the program. This may include:
Dependent on the program setting, Companions may be required to submit to a Federal and State criminal background check. Background checks may also be dependent upon the length and/or duration of the program(s). Approval as a Companion is contingent upon favorable results. Background clearances from other agencies are non-transferable.
Companions are required to have a current PARKS DIRECT Account for safety reasons. M-NCPPC staff monitor who is in our facilities at all times through check-ins linked to PARKS DIRECT Accounts.
When accompanying a paying and/or registered patron with a disability, when assistance is required to participate, a Companion will not be charged program fees.
Disability Modification Requests can take up to two weeks for processing. Please plan accordingly to allow time for review and approval.
The Companion Agreement form must be verified and authorized by a Disability Services Team (DST) member. This form is valid with a DST member signature and date stamp.
To provide better customer service, the Department of Parks and Recreation has established the following service areas, which include staff from the Disability Services Team (DST). All staff can be reached via MD Relay: 7-1-1 or 800-522-7724.
Northern Area Office / 1500 Merrimac Drive / Hyattsville, MD 20783 /
Central Area Annex / 2904 Enterprise Road / Mitchellville, MD 20721
Southern Area Office/ 10701 Livingston Road / Fort Washington, MD 20744
Special Programs Office / 7833 Walker Drive, Suite 110 / Greenbelt, MD 20770
Reach the Customer Service Help Desk via TTY at 301-699-2254 and they will connect area staff with questions as needed.
Once the Disability Services Team (DST) receives your Companion Agreement Form, you will be contacted to assist with your disability modification request. After approval by the DST, companion(s) will receive an authorization notification.
Yes, all forms will be reviewed, stamped, signed, and dated by an authorized representative of the Disability Services Team (DST) for each program/event/drop-in/membership identified in section two (2) of the Companion Agreement Form.
If it is an episodic or one-time event, an authorization may not be required due to the quick turnaround timeframe. This type of activity typically does not require pre-registration or a reservation. A Companion will not be charged admission fees with a paying patron with a disability when assistance is required to participate. Examples include but are not limited to M-NCPPC attractions like the carousel, train, miniature golf, museums, etc.
The history of Prince George's County is found in its older buildings, in its nineteenth-century crossroad communities, in its early twentieth-century streetcar suburbs, and in its rural areas that recall the county's agricultural heritage of tobacco raising and horse breeding. The eighteenth-century George Washington House in Bladensburg is a link to Colonial-era trade and industry. The Belair Stables in Bowie, built early in the twentieth century, attests to the county's early association with the nation's horse breeding and racing. A picturesque 1890s Victorian house in Hyattsville reflects the county's emerging suburbs, and the City of Greenbelt is internationally known as the first "greenbelt town" of the Roosevelt administration from the 1930s.
A countywide inventory in 1974 identified some 550 properties as historically significant; they are linked to people, places, and events that helped shape the development and character of the county through its architectural style or in its method of construction. Since 1974, several hundred more individual buildings and a total of 60 communities have been documented. As of 2019, the County’s Inventory of Historic Resources includes 452 Historic Sites, 95 Historic Resources, 4 locally designated Historic Districts, 84 individual listings in the National Register of Historic Places, 18 National Register Historic Districts, and 6 National Historic Landmarks. Whether historically or architecturally significant, these places are part of the county's cultural legacy and deserve special care to represent our proud history for years to come.
For more information, please call 301-952-3520.
We are committed to working with our patrons to process refunds and credits. We continue to evaluate the financial impacts. We anticipate some loss of revenue from program and event cancellations.
We will have a robust schedule to clean all of our facilities.
We want to make sure we have the latest techniques and information for handling the coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are committed to ensuring our staff receives appropriate compensation.
We will make that determination at the end of March.
All parks and trails, playgrounds will be open with limited park maintenance operation.
No permits will be issued during the closure.
Yes, Park Police will be available.
Visit the Department of Natural Resources
Credit card payments will be refunded back to the credit card account. Cash, check, or money order payments will be refunded via check, which may take up to 6 weeks to reach the destination address.
You can contact the Customer Service Help Desk at CustomerServices@pgparks.com
Yes, all information for the community workshops is available on the cultural arts study page of the Prince George’s County Planning Department, you can also click here.
Thank you for this question. The consulting team will be developing a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on extensive expertise in cultural arts planning; proactive and economic development and neighborhood revitalization techniques; placemaking; community outreach, an understanding of the changing dynamics of market demands; housing demands and strategies intended to maximize transit-oriented development. A key structuring component of the study is a specific focus on utilizing cultural arts as an economic driver for the county.
The next steps include facilitating four community meetings to be scheduled on January 28th, February 18th, March 11th, April 8th, and May 13, 2021; a youth meeting and an interactive education session will also be scheduled. Stay tune to the Prince George’s County Cultural Arts Study Website for updates regarding these meetings and additional information. A cultural participation survey has been launched. Click here to view. (available through March 19th, 2021).
For this study, there will be a meeting devoted specifically to the youth to gain their perspective regarding Arts and Culture in Prince George’s County.
We have 4 other community workshops planned and they will take place during the evenings January through May 2021.
Thank you for your interest in participating in/or hosting a Community Circle conversation. We will be sending out a facilitation toolkit for all who are interested. Please email us at PGCCAS@ppd.mncppc.org to be sent the tool kit and information on how to submit your conversation notes.
Please contact the Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council regarding the services they provide at http://princegeorgesartshumanitiescouncil.com.
We are working to insure multicultural approaches and inclusionary practices within community engagement. We welcome suggestions and hosts for community circles to ensure that we hear from as many communities as possible.
Arts & Culture can address many community needs including housing & neighborhood development, education, quality of life, talent development/retention economic vitality, and tourism in the entirety of Prince George’s County. Within this study the consulting team will be speaking directly with different geographic quadrants of the county to delve into issues pertinent to all demographics and socioeconomic groups to understand the needs of the residents. Through possible partnerships expressed and elucidated by community members and collaborations with community organizations this study seeks to recognize the needs of the community and make recommendations to address them at a county-wide scale.
Thank you for this suggestion, the study team is looking to create strategies for communication and inclusion of all cultural communities in Prince George’s County. We welcome these suggestions and more.
Thank you for this suggestion. The County will look to specific agencies to identify possible partners for this work.
Question continued: For example: Lots of people from Prince George’s County travel to DC for arts and culture, and vice versa. There seem to be opportunities for shared resources and capabilities there.Answer: Thank you for this suggestion. These are exactly the type of partnership suggestions that the team is seeking to strengthen through this study.
Thank you for this question, this is exactly the type of information—barriers/weaknesses and opportunities to address — that the team is seeking to identify with this study.
You can call the phone number printed on the sign to obtain more information about the pending application.
You can also search the application number in PGAltas.com.
For more information, please email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-302-3460 or 240-302-9464.
Sections 27-552(a) and 27-575(a) of the Prince George's County Zoning Ordinance require that each application for a building and use and occupancy permit include a site plan indicating compliance with all standards enumerated in Part II of the Zoning Ordinance. These spaces are required to serve the parking and loading needs of all persons associated with the building(s) and use(s). Minimum requirements for specific uses can be found in the parking and loading space schedules in Section 27-568 and 27-582 of the Ordinance.
Requests for legal opinions must be submitted in writing, and should be directed to the Development Review Division. The letter must identify why the opinion is being sought, include the permit application number (if any), describe exactly what the applicant is proposing, and indicate the nature of the opinion he is seeking.
The development potential of all property is determined by its zoning classification. You can use PGAtlas to search a property and turn on the Zoning layer to determine the zoning classification.
Most permit applications (excluding those select types that are eligible for a walk-through process) take a minimum of three weeks to process. This is due, in part, to volume, but is primarily due to the amount of research conducted for each application. The permit must first be located to verify the current zoning, legal description, and whether any special exceptions, variances, or other types of waivers have been granted. The permit is then logged in and, depending on the type of application, routed throughout other Divisions for their comments. Once returned to the Permit Office, the permits are processed in the order in which they were received. More complex projects may take longer. Information as to the status of particular permit applications may be obtained by visiting our Permits Tracking application and referencing the permit number.
Be certain that all necessary information is submitted with the permit application and paying particular attention to the site plan requirements. Inadequate site plans create the biggest delay in the review process. Information as to the status of particular permit applications may be obtained by visiting our Permits Tracking application and referencing the permit number.
Section 27-254(c)(1) of the Zoning Ordinance requires that each application for a building or use and occupancy permit be accompanied by a site plan. The site plan is a graphic illustration of the site and all buildings, improvements, parking facilities, landscaping, etc. This description allows the reviewers to accurately determine what is proposed and whether it conforms with applicable zoning regulations. Without a complete site plan, action on permit applications cannot be taken because compliance with zoning regulations cannot be determined.
No. The County Department of Permitting Inspections, and Enforcement issues all permits, after review by several agencies for conformance with different types of regulations (building, fire, health, etc.). The Planning Department is merely the reviewing agency that ensures conformance with land use regulations.
For more information in permits, please contact the DPIE Permit Office at 301-883-5900
For more information on the Planning Department’s role in permitting, please email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-302-3460 or 240-302-9464.
Section 27-255 of the Zoning Ordinance requires referral of most grading, building, general exterior, addition and use and occupancy permit applications to Park and Planning for review and recommendations as to requirements of the County Zoning Ordinance, County Subdivision Regulations, and the State Regional District Act (Article 28, Annotated Code of Maryland). Also reviewed is compliance with any conditions imposed in a zoning (including rezoning and Special Exception) or subdivision matter and conformance with any approved site plan applicable to the subject property. Section 27-597, likewise, requires referral to and review by Park and Planning of sign permit applications for conformance with the sign regulations of the Zoning Ordinance.
It depends on the type of business. Some home occupations require use and occupancy permits and some do not require them.
For more information please contact the DPIE Permit Office at 301-883-5900
A permit application is deemed to be a walk-through by the Department of Permitting Inspection and Enforcement and is typically permits of a minor nature for both residential and commercial projects.
For more information please contact the DPIE Permit Office at 301-883-5900.
The Permit Review Section receives hundreds of permit applications a week. To treat applicants equally, they are generally processed in the order in which they are received.
The application is returned to the County's Department of Permitting Inspection and Enforcement (DPIE). The approved site plan is transmitted to Park and Planning staff located within the Permit Office of DPIE and must be picked up there by the applicant when the permit is issued. This plan must be available on site, and development and use must be in conformance with the approved site plan.
For more information and to check the status of your permit, please contact the DPIE Permit Office at 301-883-5900.
You can use PGAtlas to search your property and turn on the Zoning layer to determine the zoning classification.
As a resident, you can become a Person/Party of Record for a specific project, which provides you with notice of upcoming meetings, actions, and decisions rendered at certain stages of the zoning application process, and relevant appeals procedures.
As a community association, you can register your association to receive informational mailings on new development projects in your community, which provides your community an opportunity to participate early in the development review process.
You can view upcoming Planning Board meeting agendas and sign up to speak or submit comments.
You can follow the Planning Department on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date.
You can contact the resident planner assigned to your area of the county at the Community Planning Office or call 240-524-8413 to obtain information about ongoing planning projects and development activities.
The Zoning Ordinance designates the permitted uses and the requirements for development of a property. First, confirm the zoning classification with the Planning Information Services Section (email PPD-InfoCounter@ppd.mncppc.org or call 240-302-3460 or 240-302-9464). Then, consult the permitted uses per the Zoning Ordinance Table of Uses. The Zoning Ordinance also establishes certain minimum yard sizes (setbacks), height limitations, maximum percentage of lot coverage, off-street parking, green area, landscaping, and various other requirements.
Individual parcels of land may be subdivided if the new lots meet the requirements of the zone within which they are categorized. Each zone requires a certain minimum lot size, street frontage, and building line (yard/setback) requirement, as designated by the Zoning Ordinance. If these zoning requirements (along with those of the Subdivision Regulations) can be satisfied, new lots may be created through the subdivision process.
Throughout the pandemic, the Department has worked closed with the County Executive and public health officials for guidance on when more amenities could be offered safely. We were please to have their support as we take measured steps to welcome the community back into some of our facilities.
Face coverings are required. We will administer temperature checks for activities indoors. Reservations are also required as drop-ins are not available at this time.
We continue to follow the guidance of health officials and are developing procedures to make this amenity available soon.
The ERS is the Commission’s primary retirement system for its employees. The ERS was established July 1, 1972, and has been periodically amended. It is a defined benefit plan, qualified in accordance with the IRS Code, Section 401(a). The ERS consists of five Plans: A, B, C, D; and E. Plans A, B and E are for general employees and Plans C and D are for park police.
Yes. Participants enrolled in the ERS are required to contribute a percentage of base pay for each pay period. The contributions vary by plan. For information on each plan please refer to the
This means the retirement benefit paid is a guaranteed benefit, based on your salary and your credited service in the ERS. It does not depend on the contributions paid to the ERS, nor the amount of investment income the ERS has earned.
The Commission is required to make contributions to the ERS that are actuarially determined to be required to provide for the benefits under the ERS.
You do not have to pay any income tax on your contributions to the ERS until you receive a benefit from the ERS. This is called an “Employer Pickup” provision. You do not pay taxes on the Commission’s contributions, nor on interest and investment income earned by the ERS, until you receive a benefit.
The ERS is administered by the Board of Trustees in accordance with the Trust Agreement between the Board and the Commission. The Board sets the policy and hires an administrator and staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the ERS. The Board is composed of appointed and elected officials.
The Board of Trustees selects investment managers responsible for investing plan assets. The ERS’ custodian bank holds these investments for separately managed accounts. Various custodian banks hold the assets for the commingled accounts. The ERS staff accounts for all the assets and payments of the ERS. An independent accounting firm audits the ERS every year. The ERS has received the highest possible evaluation for its accounting and internal controls.
Although your benefit does not consider your contributions in the formula, an amount equivalent to your contributions is usually paid back to you, by your monthly annuity benefits, within the first three years. After that, funds used to pay your benefits have been accumulated from the earnings of the ERS and the Commission’s contributions.
Yes. There is a maximum amount of credited service that can be earned and it varies by plan as follows:
Plan A – 40 years
Plan B – 35 years
Plan C – 30 years
Plan D – 32 years
Plan E - 35 years
Income taxes are due as soon as you begin receiving benefits. You may have taxes withheld by the ERS, and then you would file once per year, as most active employees do. You may choose to have no taxes withheld, but you are then required to file estimated taxes quarterly, and may owe the government a penalty if you do not pay sufficient taxes on time. You may be entitled to a monthly tax exclusion on part of your annuity for contributions that were taxed (contributions paid before January 1, 1984). The ERS calculates this amount, and our custodian bank records it on your 1099R Income Tax Statement issued each year.
You can receive additional credited service for your earned, but unused sick leave. For every 176 hours of sick leave you have at retirement, you receive one month of additional credited service. A remainder of at least 120 hours or more qualifies you for an additional month. You may use a maximum of 14 months to qualify for early or normal retirement. However, this credit cannot be used to meet the minimum retirement eligibility requirements for age.
The ERS does not allow loans or partial withdrawals under any circumstances. You can only withdraw contributions upon termination of your employment with the Commission.
If a participant or vested member dies and does not leave a surviving spouse or children eligible for the survivorship benefit, the designated beneficiary shall be entitled to a lump sum cash payment in an amount equal to the sum of the following: (a) 50% of his/her average annual earnings; plus (b) his/her total contributions to the ERS, with interest thereon at a rate of 4.5% per annum.
You can expect to receive your first retirement check within six weeks of your retirement date provided adequate notice was provided to the ERS of your intention to retire.
Approximately two months prior to retirement, you need to contact the ERS to make an appointment for your final retirement counseling session. Usually the appointment is made for the following month. You must also submit a formal letter of retirement to your direct supervisor and sign a Personnel Action Form (PA-2) form for retirement. Please check with your department for specific requirements.
Retirees and survivors who have been receiving an annuity for at least six months may have a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) applied to their retirement benefit as of each July 1st. It is based on the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as of the preceding December 31st – All Items Annual Average, Urban Index For Major U.S. Cities. The maximum COLA varies by service dates.
No. However, upon the death of a retired member, a $10,000 lump sum death benefit is paid to the designated beneficiary and is taxable.
There is not necessarily a “best” time to retire; however, you may want to consider several things when making your decision to retire:
Cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are issued each July 1 to retirees and beneficiaries who have been receiving a payment for at least six months. Therefore, if you retire by January 1 of any given year you are entitled to a COLA July 1 of that same year. If you retire after January 1, you are not eligible until July 1 of the following year.
Payout for Annual Leave, Holiday and Comp Time
If you are considering retiring at the end of the year, you should remember that you may receive annual leave, holiday pay and comp time in the pay period following your last pay period. You may want to consider delaying your retirement to January 1, so that this payoff is made in the following tax year.
There are only five deductions taken from your retirement check: medical (which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription), credit union, legal resources, state tax and federal tax.
Yes. In fact, the ERS strongly encourages all retirees and beneficiaries to sign up for direct deposit.
Effective August 1, 1982, disability retirement benefits were discontinued under the ERS in favor of a comprehensive Commission sponsored Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan. Members receive free credited service until their normal retirement date so long as they qualify for the disability insurance benefits.
The application process may take up to 30 minutes or more if you have not created an account with GovernmentJobs.com, so please be sure you have enough time to review current openings and to submit a completed application.
Absolutely! If you do not meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position, you cannot be further considered. Please carefully review the Minimum Qualifications and job duties to ensure you meet the specified and desired qualifications for the position(s) to which you are applying.
Document in detail all relevant work history, education and certifications requested on the application and attach supporting documentation. Incomplete applications or applications noted “see résumé” may not be accepted or evaluated and can disqualify applicants.
You will know that your application was successfully submitted when you receive an email confirmation stating, “Your application has been received by The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission for (position) with the time and date noted.”
If you need to change or update your application, you will need to wait 24 hours after initial submission to re-submit your updated application.
Applications will not be accepted past a position’s closing date.
Yes. You may track your application status through your account online.
If you have any technical difficulty with setting up your account or retrieving your password, contact NEOGOV Customer Service (855) 524-5627.
Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted.
Many Seasonal/Intermittent job opportunities are posted on our website. However, you can also check at our parks or other facilities for other Seasonal/Intermittent job openings.
Park #: M62Address: 3900 Sellman Rd. Beltsville, MD 20705
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Park #: O92Address: 12390 Fairwood Parkway Bowie, MD 20720
Park #: P61Address: 8615 McLain Ave.Glenarden, MD 20706
Park #: N74Address: 3907 Warner Ave. Landover Hills, MD 20784
Park #: R14Address: 14201 School Lane Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Check out the Formula 2040 Master Plan, which determines the combination of land, facilities and programs that will provide the right experiences for Prince Georgians in the future.
Yes. Since the project kickoff, we have engaged in conversations with representatives from the County Executive’s Office and representatives from local cities and towns located in Prince George’s County.
During the 18-month planning process, we have held countless focus groups with not only Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County employees, but also external stakeholders and partners as well as representatives from local municipalities and the Prince George’s County Boys & Girls Club. In addition, through online surveys and our online engagement platform Social Pinpoint, we will ensure that participants providing feedback in the development of the Game On plan are from geographically dispersed locations throughout the County. If we see that there is little participation in an area, we will increase our efforts to reach residents to make sure that everyone has the access necessary to have a voice and feel represented in the project. We are also hosting 8 to 12 “pop-up” meetings at popular community destinations during existing events, as in-person events become accessible. If you have a suggestion to improve our process, please email us: GameOn@pgparks.com.
It is not the intended outcome of the strategic plan to eliminate any sports or providers of specific sports in the County. In fact, the Department is looking to fill gaps of programming not provided, and/or to support organizations currently offering sports.
Call the Prince George's County Parks & Recreation Help Desk at 301-699-2255, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for non-emergencies.
Under Maryland Law, fallen trees, or similar accidents that may be qualified as an "Act of God," the affected owners are responsible for damages to their property, including cleanup, removal and related expenses. These expenses may be covered under the homeowner's insurance policy.
Call the Prince George's County Parks & Recreation Help Desk at 301-699-2255.
The Arboriculture Section of Prince George's County Parks Department has a duty to mitigate known risks associated with trees located on park property; especially, in and around amenities or areas where we invite the public. In compliance with existing Maryland state laws, it is the property owner's responsibility to provide removal of trees, debris and make repairs to private property.
Our Senior Arborist will inspect the request within 3 to 5 business days. After inspection, the work is prioritized and scheduled with respect to the tree crews work program.
The Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Department has an active policy to maintain the safety of Parkland from potential damages and/or injury resulting from trees considered to be a "high risk" of failure. The Arboriculture Sections strives to eliminate, in a timely fashion, any tree growing on Parkland that is deemed to be of high risk of failure. Priority is placed on trees deemed to create unsafe situations. The determination of the risk of failure associated with any given tree is determined by our Senior Arborist with respect to their professional experience and the International Society of Arboriculture's Tree Risk Assessment standards.
There are 568 parks in Prince George's County which encompass over 29,000 acres of land. The Arboriculture Section consistently has numerous active work requests for tree work that have already been inspected, prioritized, and are waiting in queue to be completed by our staff of highly-trained tree professionals. Find the closest park in your area outfitted with the amenities you desire.
We welcome all students new to musical theatre! All we ask is that you're committed to learning new skills, making friends, being a team player, and having fun!
Wear comfortable clothes (t-shirts and jazz/ yoga pants) and rubber-soled shoes (no jeans or hard-soled shoes) in which you can easily move and dance. Bring a water bottle with your name clearly labeled. Bring snacks for rehearsal breaks (please be mindful of nut allergies in the cast). Bring a copy of your script and music to every rehearsal.
Classes are held at the:
Prince George's County Room, The Clarice Smith Center on the campus of the University of Maryland 8720 Alumni Drive College Park, MD 20742
For more information, please call Christel.Stevens at 301-446-3238, or email email@example.com
The Fall Session will include:
Testing was initiated after dozens of District of Columbia Public School playground surfaces tested as having elevated levels of potentially toxic lead in 2019.
This is the first time that we have tested all existing playgrounds.
Our typical playground uses use Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) surfacing. EWF is a processed wood (approx. 2" length max.), ground to a fibrous consistency, free of hazardous elements, and approved by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA). It is engineered specifically for playgrounds and free of twig and leaf material. However, each site will be evaluated to determine the best surface. Site conditions or programmatic needs may make poured in place a preferred surface. For example, a site that is in the flood plain may be a good candidate for PIP.
The remediation work to be completed by HAZMAT specialists will be completed by Summer 2021. Full-depth play surface and base to be removed to soil depth and tested for EPA complicate standards prior to replacing new EWF wood fiber safety surfacing material.
We are committed to providing a safe play environment for Prince George’s County families. Rubberized surface playgrounds are recommended to be tested annually to meet EPA standards. Any future PIP surfacing will be tested before the playground is opened for use. The Park Planning and Development Division is finalizing a playground replacement plan and can incorporate recommendations for a 10-year life cycle prior to further deterioration to keep play spaces safe and maintained. The Department will determine future playground surfacing standard use of either EWF or PIP, decision points based on existing environmental site conditions, ADA needs, and community/facility director requests.
Lobbying means any communication, written or oral, undertaken for compensation that is directed to a Commissioner or Planning Board member, or employee of the Commission for the purpose of directly or indirectly influencing any Commission Action, including any Grassroots Lobbying Activity.
Grassroots Lobbying means hiring or engaging one or more third parties for the express purpose of soliciting others to communicate with a Commission official or employee to influence a Commission Action.
A Commission Action is any executive, administrative, legislative, or quasi-legislative action taken formally by the Commission, the Planning Boards, an officer or other official so designated by the Commission. Commission Actions include:
a) Authorizing a grant, credit, or other subsidy from the Commission,
b) Awarding a procurement contract,
c) Preparing and adopting resolutions, rules, regulations, and policies to direct the operation of the Commission, the Planning Boards, and other agency functions,
d) Making recommendations for the General Plan, area master plans, functional master plans, sector or small area plans, and any amendments to any such plans; revisions to the Subdivision Regulations and Zoning Text Amendments; as well as sectional and district map amendments.
All Lobbyists are required to register unless the individual or entity (i) qualifies for one of the seven (7) Exemptions OR (ii) does not exceed one of five (5) Spending Thresholds listed below.
An individual or entity is not required to register during a reporting period if one of the following exemptions applies:
1. Government and Related Entities. The individual or entity is a government entity, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Maryland Association of Counties, the Maryland Municipal League, a comparable quasi-governmental agency designated by the Executive Director for this purpose by giving written notice in advance, or an employee of such an organization acting within the scope of their official duties;
2. Certain Public Interest Organizations. The individual or entity is a news organization, religious institution, or not-for-profit independent college or university that is not attempting to influence a Commission Action related to the regulation of its property or interests related to its property, or an employee of such an organization acting within the scope of their official duties;
3. Educational Purposes. The individual or entity is a student or educator Lobbying as part of a course or student activity undertaken by an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school student or student organization;
4. Work for Hire or By Commission Request. The individual or entity’s only communications are (a) limited to work for hire by the Commission, or (b) pertaining to a particular Commission Action undertaken at the request of an agency employee or official authorized to make such request;
5. Personal Communications. The communications undertaken by the individual or entity are limited to communications directly with, and for hire by, a Commission official or employee acting in their personal capacity to obtain personal legal advice, professional services, or other information for reasons that do not involve official Commission business or a Commission Action;
6. Sales People. The individual or entity is an employee or bona fide sales agent promoting sales of goods or services for a commercial entity before the Commission and has advertised or otherwise solicited bids or proposals for a specific procurement transaction.
7. Hiring Third-Party Lobbyists. With respect to a particular Commission Action, the individual or entity does not engage directly in Lobbying but hires one or more third-parties to engage in Lobbying on its behalf, provided, that every such third-party registers timely as a Lobbyist in compliance with this Practice.
II. Spending Thresholds
An individual or entity that engages in any Lobbying and does not qualify for an exemption is required to register only if they exceed any of the expenditure thresholds specified, as follows:
1. Compensation Received. The individual or entity actually or constructively receives Compensation for Lobbying from one or more sources totaling $2,500 or more during a reporting period (calendar year);
2. Compensation Paid. The individual or entity pays or incurs obligations to pay one or more third-parties for Lobbying totaling $2,500 or more during a reporting period;
3. Grassroots Spending. The individual or entity pays or incurs obligations to pay for Grassroots Activities totaling $1,000 or more during the reporting period;
4. Gifts. In connection with or for the purpose of influencing Commission Action, the individual or entity pays or incurs expenses for gifts having an aggregate fair market value of at least $100, including meals, beverages, or special events during the reporting period; or
5. Miscellaneous Expenses. In connection with or for the purpose of influencing Commission Action, the individual or entity pays or incurs other expenses for postage, telecommunications services, electronic services, advertising, printing, and delivery services, or similar business expenses having a fair market value of at least $500.
A. How and when should I register as a Lobbyist? Individuals or entities who are seeking to influence Commission Action and otherwise meet the criteria for a Lobbyist pursuant to M-NCPPC Administrative Practice 5-61: must complete and submit the Lobbying Registration Form within 5 days of qualifying as a Lobbyist.
B. Every individual or entity required to register with the Commission must disclose the following information on a form linked here:
1. The Lobbyist’s name and permanent address;
2. The name and permanent address of any individual or entity who will Lobby on behalf of the Lobbyist;
3. The name, address, and nature of business of an individual or entity who compensates the Lobbyist; and
4. The identification, by formal designation, if known, of each matter on which the Lobbyist expects to Lobby or employs someone to Lobby.
C. A Lobbyist must register separately for each employer.
D. Each registration, if applicable, shall include the authorization required under M-NCPPC Administrative Practice, Section III.
E. Each Lobbyist may file a notice of termination within 30 days after:
1. Ceasing any Lobbying activity; and
2. Filing the Activity Reports required under this Practice.
The Lobbying Activity Reports must be completed and submitted no later than January 31st for all Lobbying activity conducted during the prior calendar year (January 1 through December 31).
Lobbyists may access a blank Activity Report by clicking on the link provided: here
To improve quality of life in Montgomery County by planning the natural and built environments for current and future generations.
The five-member Planning Board manages the physical growth of communities through its review of plans, zoning, development applications and subdivision proposals. The Board is also responsible for the development and management of Montgomery County’s nationally recognized 36,512-acre park system. Meet the Montgomery County Planning Board.
To plan for the brightest possible future for Montgomery County and its residents. Montgomery Planning’s recommendations ensure that communities are designed and equipped to keep pace with the way we live, work and play now and decades from now. The Planning Department creates great communities by developing master plans, reviewing applications for development and analyzing various types of information to help public officials plan for the future. The Department provides recommendations, information, analysis and services to the Montgomery County Planning Board, the County Council, the County Executive, government agencies and the public. For more information, visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.
The Planning Department’s headquarters, often referred to as the Maryland Regional Office building or MRO, is located on the edge of downtown Silver Spring at 8787 Georgia Avenue next to Spring Street. A new M-NCPPC building is currently under construction in downtown Wheaton where Montgomery Parks and Planning will reside along with other Montgomery County agencies. View the project page for more information on the new headquarters.
Master and sector plan project pages with links to plan documents are part of Montgomery Planning’s web site. You can click on a map of Montgomery County at http://montgomeryplanning.org/planning/communities/ and be directed to a plan and information about your community.
An interactive, digital map called the Development Finder is regularly updated by the Planning Department to show proposed developments in Montgomery County. This map can be searched by address and the search diameter can be changed from between 1 to 10 miles to find any development plans in the pipeline: http://mcatlas.org/devfinder/
Ways of getting involved with the planning process include community engagement events, public testimony about plans and proposed development, social media, interactive digital maps and online outreach. Please contact staff at Montgomery Planning with any comments or questions. Check out the Connect With Us page on Montgomery Planning’s website for more.
Zoning specifies permitted land uses and regulates the size of land areas as well as the scale of buildings in order to guide growth and development. Montgomery Planning maintains an interactive, online official zoning map of Montgomery County, indicating land uses in specific areas. Users can search by address at http://www.mcatlas.org/zoning/. Case numbers for all previous zoning and conditional use approvals are indicated on the digital map.
A “record plat” is a plan or a map of a plot of land that includes a description of the land and everything on it, including boundaries, roads and buildings. To find your plat, consult the interactive map on the Planning Department website. A search box at the top right will accept an address, plat number or town so you can zoom into a location. http://www.mcatlas.org/plats/
The Montgomery Planning’s Development Applications and Regulatory Coordination (DARC) Division manages the timely review of development applications for consistency with adopted master plans as well as impact on the environment, quality of design, compatibility with neighboring uses and the availability of public facilities (water and sewer, transportation, schools). The application process involves several stages, including sketch, site and preliminary plans, that require Planning Board approvals. This review process can take up to 120 days.
Once the plans for the development project are approved by the Planning Board, the applicant must apply for a building permit at Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS). A building permit is required for all new construction, additions, alterations and changes of use in Montgomery County and municipalities, with the exceptions of the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg. Learn more about DPS.
If you have a question about your property, you can call Montgomery Planning’s Information Counter at tel. 301-495-4610 or visit the counter on the second floor of the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). You can also email MCP-InfoCounter@mncppc-mc.org and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate staff.
American Indians camped at Mount Calvert at least 8,000 years ago, although a 9,200 year old radiocarbon date was discovered from an ancient camp site nearby. Native people were still living on the property in the 1600s when European colonists arrived.
Charles Town was the name given to Mount Calvert in 1696 when it became the first seat of government in Prince George’s County. The town featured a deep water port, a court house, a jail, and several taverns. The County seat moved to Upper Marlboro in the 1720s and all of the old town buildings were torn down in the next several decades. Archaeologists have found where several of these buildings once stood and have worked to recreate the landscape of the town.
John Brown built the stately brick house around 1780 and constructed a detached brick kitchen around 1800. Brown attempted to create a successful plantation, but his efforts bankrupted him. John Brookes bought the property around 1840 and added to the house, resulting in the finished product we see today.
No, there is not a comfort station or water fountain located at the park.
No, the park is self-guided and staff is only on site for organized programs. If you would like to organize a tour for an educational program call the Archaeology Program Office at 301-627-1286 or TTY 301-699-2544.
Although you can walk into the quarters, only the foundations have been reconstructed so you will not see complete walls or a roof on either structure.
The creation of the Office of the Inspector General is mandated in the Annotated Code of Maryland, Land Use Division II, §15-401 – 15-508.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assists the Commission by providing independent evaluation and recommendations regarding opportunities to:
The OIG is independent. The OIG is led by the Inspector General (IG), who is appointed by the Commission’s Audit Committee. The OIG is governed by the Audit Committee.
OIG staff includes three (3) Assistant Inspectors General, one (1) IT Audit Manager, and a part time administrative assistant. Contact Information.
The IG, in coordination with the Audit Committee, develops an annual work plan based on an assessment of relative risks, that identifies areas and processes to be reviewed. In developing the work plan, the IG takes into consideration requests from the planning boards, commissioners, Commission employees, elected officials and members of the public. The IG has final authority on the completion of work assignments.
To assist in this process, each year, the OIG performs a comprehensive risk assessment. With input from Commission management and key stakeholders, audit risk areas, such as purchase card processes, information systems or facilities are identified. The OIG then decides which areas to audit based on the results of the assessment and the audit resources available.
Primarily compliance with Commission policies and sound internal controls. M-NCPPC’s policies are designed to help ensure we all comply with applicable laws and regulations and operate efficiently. By following these policies, we help protect the Commission from unnecessary risks and help ensure sound business practices are consistent throughout the Commission. Commission policies can be found here: Agency-wide Policy, Manuals, Guidance and Union Agreements
However, not all internal controls can be codified in policy. If we find control weaknesses, we regularly make recommendations to implement a control even though it may not be specifically required by policy.
Please call or email the Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance hotline. The hotline or web reporting system is a confidential and anonymous solution for reporting illegal and unethical activities. It can be accessed toll-free at 1-800-363-5524 or http://www.reportlineweb.com/mncpc.
If you prefer to contact the Inspector General directly, please email your concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) promulgated by the Government Accountability Office states that each audit organization performing audits in accordance with GAGAS must have an external peer review performed by reviewers independent of the audit organization at least once every 3 years.
The Association of Local Government Auditors completed a peer review of the OIG for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017. Based on the results of the review, the OIG’s internal quality control system was suitably designed and operating effectively to provide reasonable assurance of compliance with Government Auditing Standards.
The Commission has implemented a Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) hotline. The hotline or web reporting system is a confidential and anonymous solution for reporting illegal and unethical activities. It can be accessed toll-free at 1-800-363-5524 or http://www.reportlineweb.com/mncppc.
If you contact us directly, your identity will be kept confidential within the legal limits of the law. We will not reveal our sources to the person being investigated; and we always try to corroborate any accusations with our own observation.
• University of Maryland Golf Course
• Henson Creek Golf Course
• Enterprise Golf Course
• Gunpowder Golf Course
The proposed reduction in the number of golf course holes is to allow space for the replacement of the existing Driving Range that will be used to enhance the “Learn to Golf” experience. The reduced course could be used by DPR to provide training for new golfers.
Additionally, with holes of varying lengths, more experienced golfers will have an opportunity to work on their short, mid-range, and long-range games. We believe that a redesigned course as envisioned would complement the existing golf performance center and new Driving Range.
The existing Driving Range is an integral part of the training experience and provides revenue. The proposed modifications and additions are opportunities to bring in new golfers, support DPR’s growing First Tee program, while also diversifying the onsite activities to meet the needs of a growing community.
Our goal is to always keep the play price affordable for Prince George’s County residents.
We expect the current golf course to remain intact until the summer of 2022. Once approved, the University anticipates starting construction of the Track and Field facility during the Summer of 2022 and complete the facility during the Summer of 2023. We will make all efforts to maintain the golf course during this construction period. A timeline for the other proposed amenities has not been developed.
We do not envision any reductions in the number of employees currently assigned to operate the golf facility. In fact, the reimaged golf course when completed would require an increase in staffing. As envisioned, the reimaged Paint Branch Complex includes golf and other recreational amenities on the 66+ acres, along with a Track and Field on the 8 acres that currently is the site of the driving range. The vision is for the new Driving Range, Performance Training Center, Clubhouse, and three to six holes of golf.
We want your feedback on the additional amenities for the complex. Some of the ideas include batting cages, a miniature golf facility, rectangular ball fields, in addition to a replacement Driving Range. DPR will host a variety of public sessions and provide continuous opportunities to receive feedback from the community.
The costs of using any future amenities on the site have not been determined.
The current Paint Branch Trail should have few to limited interruptions due to this project. Improving the safety of the trail crossing at the entry to the Paint Branch facility is of special interest and will be studied further during the conceptual design process. DPR will explore opportunities to bring new trail connections to the Paint Branch site, possibly including a connection to the Autoville community, while enhancing the existing trail.
New lighting will be evaluated.
A partnership with the University of Maryland is not unique. In fact, DPR partnered with the university in the construction of the Clarice Smith Performance Arts Center in 1994. The Department continues to look for opportunities to establish and further partnerships with public and private entities to provide recreation amenities to residents.
Existing partnerships include The Gardens Icehouse, Prince George’s Stadium, and the Junior Tennis Champions Center. The proposed partnership with the University of Maryland to reimagine the Paint Branch Complex is an opportunity to provide programming and community access to a collegiate-level track and field facility. Furthermore, a partnership with the University brings additional financial and staffing resources to the site.
It offers an opportunity for DPR to offer healthy lifestyle programming, track and field training, and local events on-site. The track will complement other on-site recreational activities, allowing users to walk or jog as a warm-up or cool down to other activities. The small field area at the center of the track could allow for exercise classes such as yoga, Tai Chi, or exercise boot camps; for small-sized soccer practices, or running (football, soccer, lacrosse, etc.) drills.
The Track and Field facility, including the small playing field area, will be available for programming by the Department and available to the community to use during the midday, evening, and weekend hours while not in use by the University of Maryland Track and Field team. (Team practices are typically about four hours a day, during the Fall and Spring seasons, concentrated in the morning and late afternoon hours. The University intends to host approximately five competitive track meets during the Spring on weekends.)
Yes. The Department of Parks and Recreation will share more information on how to access the University of Maryland’s Driving Range as we move forward.
The Track and Field amenity will be funded completely by the University of Maryland. The University will also contribute to the development of the replacement Driving Range.
The University of Maryland will be responsible for the maintenance of the Track and Field facility. The Department of Parks and Recreation will maintain other amenities at Paint Branch.
The Department will have discussions with the University of Maryland about the establishment of new senior rates.
The impact of the Phase 1 project on adjacent communities should be limited.
The intent is to redevelop within the existing footprint of the golf course and to limit the removal of trees. Phase II will include site analysis and design, and an evaluation of the environmental and noise impacts on-site and in the surrounding neighborhoods.
On-site parking will be increased; however, there will be limited parking allowed for track and field events. Any large events will be serviced by shuttles from the main campus. A traffic analysis will be conducted to investigate parking needs, entry and exit access points to the site (including safe pedestrian and bicycle access), along impacts on University Boulevard and surrounding roadways.
When plans are developed for an area of the county, future needs for public facilities such as parks, libraries, and fire stations are identified during the process to formulate land use plans or functional master plans. When suitable properties are offered for sale or proposed for development, the Department of Parks and Recreation tries to acquire land as recommended in the master plans.
The Department has its own acquisition staff that specializes in acquiring parkland. In recommending park sites to purchase, park planning staff is guided by guidelines and recommendations in the Formula 2040, Prince George’s County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan and the master plans.
When land is not available for purchase, the Department will work with other local public agencies to use their facilities or lands. Partnerships have been formed with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the county school system, and state agencies to provide recreational opportunities where the Department does not own land.
Visit the Volunteer Service Office page. Once you’ve selected a volunteer opportunity, click “sign up” and you’ll be asked to create an online volunteer application.
Students can earn Student Service Learning hours for many volunteer opportunities. Search the “Student Service Learning” box to find those opportunities.
Acceptable proofs of residency include: - Driver's license or MVA ID card - Lease agreement - Original letter from disability agency on official stationary - Property settlement sheet - Property tax bill (Home or business if client name included) - Utility bill (not cell phone)
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Acceptable proofs of identity include: - Driver's license or MVA ID card - Military ID card - Other government-issued ID - Passport - Resident/Alien card - School ID card
Acceptable proofs of age include: - Baptismal certificate (with birth date) with a raised seal - Birth certificate with a raised seal - Driver's license or MVA ID card - Original letter from school or disability agency on official stationery - Passport - Resident/Alien card
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To register other individuals, they must be an immediate family member or any child who is under your legal temporary or permanent custody. Documentation is required to prove custody. Acceptable proofs of custody include: - Court-approved temporary guardianship papers - Original birth certificate with raised seal (with client on account listed as parent) - Proof of permanent custody/guardianship (court order)
A pesticide is a substance used to kill, repel, or control pests.
There are many different types of pesticides including:
In addition to traditional synthetic pesticides, there is a group of approved organic products to manage a wide variety of pests. Where resources allow, the Department of Parks and Recreation will strive to utilize organic products that carry the Organic Materials Review Institute’s “OMRI-Certified” seal.
The Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County follows an integrated pest management program on all athletic fields. Skinned infields and warning tracks are managed primarily via mechanical means as resources allow. Turfgrass is managed using aeration, improved turfgrass cultivars, and a nutrient management program to produce healthy turfgrass. When pests exceed thresholds and could affect player safety, pesticides are an option for management.
Pests include weeds, insects, animals, and pathogens that cause damage or harm. Pests are managed for many reasons including; to prevent harm to patrons, improve safety and accessibility, control invasive species, protect the forest and tree canopy of Montgomery County, maintain infrastructure, and complying with local, state, and federal laws.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to solving pest problems by applying science-based knowledge about pests to prevent them from harming plants, landscapes, buildings, or people while minimizing risks to people and the environment.
There are four key components of IPM:
IPM programs combine a variety of management practices for greater effectiveness, including:
Pesticides are used in the context of an integrated program of controls (Integrated Pest Management). Integrated pest management favors nonchemical controls, such as physical, mechanical, and biological, over chemical. When pests cannot be controlled by alternative methods, chemical pesticides may be needed for parkland and facilities.
Please contact Kyle Lowe at 301-627-2270.
The Eyes Have It Team will review and decide by the last week in February for Round One and late March for Round 2.
The application period for Round 1 (FY21 funds/project completion) runs from January 11-February 5, 2021. The application period for Round 2 (FY22 funds/project completion) runs from February 8 – March 12, 2021.
Both individuals and team submissions are welcome. Please designate a point person for team submissions.
We recommend and encourage you to speak with your supervisor prior to submitting, but it is not required. Supervisors may have insight or knowledge of potential plans related to your project, so it is good to check-in.
All Department COVID Safety Protocols remain in effect. Please view the following for more information pgparks.com/covidhealthcheck.
Overestimate, within reason.
From medium to large projects, we are aware that it may be hard to determine how many staff hours it will take to implement. Please project costs as best you can. The actual staff salaries and time will be tracked through the Enterprise Asset Management System (EAM).
Yes, currently all reservations are being made online. All rentals require customers to have a PARKS DIRECT account and age verification (You must be at least 21 yrs old to rent) To receive the resident rate, you must also provide verification of residency.
If you are not verified at the time you make your reservation, you will be charged and need to pay the non-resident rate. Once you are verified, a refund for the difference will be processed and sent to you. Verification must be made by the date of your rental in order to be eligible for a refund.
We encourage all customers to view our buildings before making a reservation to ensure they are the right fit for their event. Park building viewings are only allowed Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm by appointment only to Parks Direct Accountholders.
Appointments are made for a one-hour time slot and must be requested via the Viewing Request Online Submission Form.
The park buildings are now keyless. Once your security deposit is paid, you will receive an access code along with instructions the week of your event.
For a deposit paid by credit card, the deposit refund will be returned to the credit card account within 7-10 days if a six-month window has passed and the card number is no longer available due to credit card compliance standards (in which case a check will be issued to the account main contact).
You are welcome to enter at the earliest contracted time on your permit. Entering the building outside of contract hours or staying past contract hours will result in security deposit forfeiture.
Approximately 10 tables (tables are rectangular, 6 feet by 2.5 feet) and 50 folding chairs are stored at all of our park buildings.
Unfortunately, alcohol is not allowed at any of our park building locations or park areas. Exceptions include:
- Cosca areas 1-4 *
- Cosca Group Pavilion*
- Watkins Park Picnic Pavilions 0-4*
*Watkins and Cosca: Only Keg Beer allowed.
For the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Smart Vending is a campaign to provide healthier snack and beverage choices in vending machines on M-NCPPC properties including the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Any packaged food and beverage item offered shall contain no more than:
Healthy Beverage choices shall meet the following specifications:
Yes. We are transitioning machines, and when completed, all Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities will have machines with healthier snack and beverage options. There are, however, a few facilities that we do not own, buy may host our programs. While their vending machines may not adhere to the policy, we are hopeful that they will support our efforts.
Yes, it is a full Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission change in both Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.
According to our policy, food and beverage items that meet the Healthy Vending Standards must be similar in price or less expensive than products that did not meet the Healthy Vending Standards previously stocked in the machines.
No, the policy does not currently call for fresh produce. However, there will be tasty snacks such as nuts and dried fruit available to eat.
M-NCPPC is currently reviewing the literature on the pros and cons of the use of artificial sweeteners. Once a decision is made about the use of artificial sweeteners, it will be reviewed periodically.
We welcome your suggestions of items for the new vending machines. Please email email@example.com or call 301-446-6800 with your suggestion(s).
Yes! Park and recreation agencies, schools, hospitals, and many other organizations have begun to make these changes to support better outcomes. Please visit the National Parks and Recreation Association’s website for more information and success stories at www.nrpa.org/success-stories/Healthy-Vending.
For more information, please visit the Population / Demographics page.
Please contact the Front Desk at 301-265-1525 or contact Doug Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All our coaches are USA Hockey certified and are required to renew their certifications each year, which includes a background check.
Players are required to have their own equipment including helmet, stick, gloves, shoulder pads, elbow and shin pads, and hockey skates.
Typically, the teams practice 2-3 times per week.
January-March:o Cleanup of facility began. M-NCPPC hired a company that specializes in cleanup of fire-damaged buildings. The cost of the clean-up totaled $400,000.
o Insurance Company walk-through to evaluate fire damage to the facility.
o M-NCPPC completed the process of hiring a consultant to do a comprehensive assessment of the entire building and produce a report with its findings.
April-June:o The assessment report was submitted to M-NCPPC’s insurance company. The insurance company will conduct an independent assessment of the building and compare its findings with those of M-NCPPC. Afterward, negotiations between M-NCPPC and the insurance company will be initiated to identify the true value of the loss at the facility. The insurance company’s review is underway.
o M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation requested permission from the Prince George’s County Council to “appropriate funds” in order to allow the Department to begin spending the insurance money as soon as it comes in.
o M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation and the consultant met with the TRIR stakeholder group (a group of community volunteers) to provide updates on the facility assessment and the insurance process.
o Second meeting of the TRIR stakeholder group.
o Established a public outreach program.o Formed a community working group (TRIR stakeholder group). o Working with the Prince George’s County Council on budget approval so that an accelerated design and construction procurement process can begin in order to begin replacing this facility as quick as possible. o Next steps include: • Developing the building design and construction documents, • Securing site and building permits, • Beginning building construction, • Staff move in and training.
The total amount of funding or total amount that can be spent, will not be known until the insurance claim is finalized. The good news is that the $11 million in funding will be available July 1, 2017, which will allow M-NCPPC to move as quickly as possible on this project.
If you know of any potential contributors or other sources of funding, please share them with Tracy Wright, Corporate and Community Engagement Officer at the Parks and Recreation Foundation. Tracy may be reached at Tracy.Wright@pgparks.com or 301-446-3345.
The Foundation received the first donation towards the new TRIR from Safeway!
Once more information is gathered on cost estimates, insurance claims, and site analysis, the Department will develop a more complete project schedule for the replacement of the facility.
Westphalia Central Park is located just north of Rt. 4 Pennsylvania Ave and East of 1-495 Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro, MD. Westphalia Central Park Phase 1 core will include two vehicular entrances - one off at the intersection of Central Park Dr. and Parkstone Drive, and the other off the future east bound Rock Spring Dr. There will also be various trail access points along the perimeter of the park that will connect to the adjacent neighborhoods.
Westphalia Central Park Phase 1 (PDF)
Westphalia Central Park Phase 1 totals fifty (50) acres, which includes the Phase 1 core (~20acres) - PDF that will be built by Smith Home Farms.
Smith Home Farms is responsible for completing the design and construction of the Phase 1 core (PDF). The amenities to be built in the core were approved with the Comprehensive Design Plan (CDP) for the area, and construction drawings were completed. Amenities outside of the core (PDF) are conceptual and is the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation's responsibility to complete the design and construction of those elements.
The Department of Parks and Recreation will work with the Advisory Committee to develop an engagement strategy to collect input from the public on the design throughout the process. Any additional comments and ideas for programs and amenities outside of the core can be submitted to the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation Westphalia Central Park project team.
No, the amenities to be built in the Phase 1 core were approved with the Conceptual Design Plan (CDP) for the area, and construction drawings were completed.
The design and construction of the Phase 1 core is funded through the Park Club Fund (PDF).
The goal is to begin the permitting process later this Spring and for construction to begin in Summer 2023.
The advisory committee will consist of:
Serving on the Advisory Committee is not term limited.
The newly elected Councilperson for District 6 will serve on the Parks Advisory Committee once Councilman Davis' term ends. During the transition, the advisory committee will continue to work to implement the vision of Westphalia Central Park.
The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation will begin the design process after the Advisory Committee has been formed and key decisions regarding the implementation of the Phase 1 core are addressed.
Amenities envisioned outside of the Phase 1 core are conceptual. The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation will work with the Advisory Committee to develop an engagement strategy to collect input from the public on the amenities outside of the core. Any additional comments and ideas for programs and amenities outside of the core can be submitted to the Department of Parks and Recreation Westphalia Central Park project team.
Westphalia Central Park will be managed and maintained by the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation, like Watkins Regional Park.
The park will be monitored by both the M-NCPPC Park Police and the Prince George’s County Police Departments. There are no security cameras or emergency call buttons in the plans currently. The department uses innovative technology to monitor park use, including after hour activity. In addition, there will be unique location markers to help emergency vehicle locate patrons, if necessary.
The "cloud" structure is currently included in the construction drawings and was envisioned to serve as a grand entry feature for the park. However, the "cloud" structure was designed in 2015, and the design involved technologies that have since been updated. The M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation is working to re-envision a grand entrance for the park and will work with the Advisory Committee to finalize any changes to the design. This grand entry feature (PDF) is planned for later stages of park implementation.
Yes, there will be tree canopies along trails, seating, and playground areas to provide ample of shade for users. The newly planted trees caliper will be determined at the time of construction bidding.
Currently, there are no other large shade structures in the Phase 1 core. However, the Department of Parks and Recreation can install more shade structures as needed after construction of the core is complete.
The two playground areas (PDF) in Phase 1 are themed with nature and floral features. The rest of Westphalia Central Park was designed to complement the character of Westphalia.
Yes, pets on leashes will be allowed at Westphalia Central Park. There will also be dog stations throughout the park. A dog park is also envisioned outside of the Phase 1 core.
Yes, the design considers the natural features and environmental functions of the land and area. Future planning and construction will also consider the materials and installation methods that are environmentally sensitive.
The Phase 1 core does not include tennis courts. The Department of Parks and Recreation will work with the Advisory Committee and community stakeholders to explore what amenities are desired outside of the core.
The Phase 1 fifty (50) acre core will contain approximately two (2) miles of trails. There are no shared-use or multi-use paths designed for both bike and pedestrian use in the Phase 1 core. However, Future phases will include an extensive variety of trails, including multi-use and equestrian trails.
Yes, there will be sitting areas with benches along both the trails and pond.
Yes, all parks owned by the M-NCPPC are free to use.
All M-NCPPC parks are open from dawn to dusk.