News & Announcements From Takoma Park

Counselor in Training Program (CIT)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sign up now for a three day training to become a Certified CIT while also becoming First Aid/CPR certified. Work with children ages 5-12 during our youth summer camps and earn your SSL hours while having fun!  Attending this training is the only way to volunteer this summer with the Recreation Department, so don’t miss out!   The CIT program is open to ages 14-16.

Library Design Update

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

The existing Library is 60 years old. The options for a fully renovated and expanded facility represent an exciting opportunity for the Takoma Park community.  Final decisions will depend upon the recommendation of the City Manager, and adoption by the City Council during their budget deliberations in April.

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

Celebrate Takoma Festival Vendors and Entertainers Wanted

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Takoma Park Recreation Department is looking for entertainers and vendors for this year’s Celebrate Takoma Festival (Sunday, May 17). We are seeking local food and authentic merchandise vendors to participate in the 2015 Celebrate Takoma Festival. Emphasis is placed on local Takoma Park businesses and vendors. Space is limited, so please inquire early. The vendor packet is available online at

Entertainers are also wanted. We are looking for a variety of entertainment not limited to only music and dance.  If you would like to become a vendor or entertainer for the festival, email or call 301-891-7920 for any questions.

Lifelong Takoma Day Wants Your Help!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Volunteers Invited! Join our 2nd Annual Lifelong Takoma Day Event Planning Committee. The first meeting is on Wednesday, March 25, at 4:00 - 5:00 pm, at the Takoma Park Community Center located at 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

Interested? Please contact: Karen Maricheau, Program Manager, (301) 891-7232 or email

Participants rated last year’s event a 9 out of a high score of 10!

For more info visit the Lifelong Takoma page.

The March Newsletter is Here!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Newsletter is all about saving energy this month, with a collage of sustainability and an article on how residents can join the city’s new Neighborhood Energy Challenge. We’ll also tell you about the Montgomery College renovation in North Takoma, Washington Adventist Hospital’s move, code enforcement basics, and events like Shred the Streets, a new youth employment program and arts programming.

Summer Youth Employment Program Business Application Deadline is March 31

Monday, March 2, 2015

Empowering Youth Through Employment

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

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

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

Deadline for Business Application is March 31.

Applications Due on April 1 for Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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

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

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

First Time Home Buyer Class

Monday, February 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

The Montgomery County GreenFest is March 28th!

Friday, January 16, 2015

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

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

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