News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Public Hearing on the Proposed FY 2015 Budget - Monday, April 28, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the Proposed FY 2015 Budget on Monday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium, 7500 Maple Avenue. The public is invited to attend the hearing and sign up to speak.. The proposed budget is available for review on the Budget and Financial Documents pages.

Public Hearing on the Proposed Real Property Tax Rate - Monday, April 28, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The City Council of the City of Takoma Park, Maryland proposes to increase real property taxes.
1. For the tax year beginning July 1, 2014, the estimated real property assessable base will increase by 1.1% from $1,934,374,180 to $1,955,102,265.

Safe Routes to School 5K - Race Day is May 4!

Friday, February 28, 2014

New for 2014: WAVE START & strollers allowed! RACE DAY is May 4, 2104! Register online at

The Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K Challenge 2014 promises to be bigger and better than ever, for first time 5K runners and 5 year veterans.  The TKPK5K Race Committee is committed to the highest standards for safety and fun, so this year the race will feature a WAVE START and include runners with strollers. The WAVE START allows the top seeded runners to start first, the over 10 minute milers and runners with strollers have their own exciting start (runners with strollers must stay toward the back) and a third wave of walkers to start independently. Only one wave will be in the starting corral at a time.

The 2nd Annual Celebrate Takoma Festival - Sunday, May 18

Friday, February 28, 2014

Celebrate Takoma Festival is accepting Vendor and Entertainer applications. The committee is seeking local food, merchandise and community vendors to participate. The committee is also looking for local entertainers to perform throughout the day. For more information or to obtain a vendor packet please visit the Celebrate Takoma section of the website:

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: 

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.