News & Announcements From Takoma Park

FY 2016 Proposed Budget

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The City Manager's FY 2016 Proposed Budget is available for review.

The City Council will hold its first budget public hearing on Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the hearing and sign up to speak.

Public comments are welcome at any time. Comments may be sent to the City Clerk for distribution to the Council.

Commemorative Plaque Honoring Former Mayor Sam Abbott to be Unveiled on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm

Friday, April 3, 2015

The City of Takoma Park will unveil a commemorative plaque honoring former Mayor Sam Abbott who served as mayor of Takoma Park from 1980 – 1985. Hear from local activists who worked with Mayor Abbott to transform Takoma Park from a sleepy borough into the dynamic community we know today.

April Newsletter Has Posted!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Takoma Park has a new city manager, the new city budget’s been proposed and there’s a developer for Takoma Junction. That’s a lot of news! And there’s more – including info on Art Hop, a new playground in Ward 3, new lawn regulations and energy-saving contests. See it all in the just-released Takoma Park Newsletter.

The current newsletter and back issues are availalble on our news page!

Suzanne Ludlow Named City Manager

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mayor Bruce Williams and the Takoma Park City Council are happy to announce that Acting City Manager Suzanne Ludlow has accepted the offer to become the next City Manager of Takoma Park. Mayor Williams commented, “She has worked for the city for over twenty years, and has a deep and broad understanding of our community. She knows many of the players at all levels, and hits the ground running in leading our excellent staff as they help us grapple with the many issues that we face."

Please join us at a light reception celebrating her appointment on Monday, April 13th at 6 pm in the Takoma Park Community Center Atrium Lobby.

View the full press release here.

Mother Jones Bureau Chief Coming to the Library!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

David Corn, Takoma Park resident, Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, and former DC editor for The Nation will be speaking at this Friends April Event on April 7! 

David Corn
Tues, April 7, 7:30 pm
Children’s Room
Takoma Park Maryland Library

David was named winner of the 2012 George Polk Award for his video and reporting on the “47 Percent Story” covering Mitt Romney’s meeting with donors during the 2012 presidential campaign. Mr. Romney’s casual declaration that 45 percent of the Americans who vote for Mr. Obama are "dependent upon government" and "pay no income tax” likely contributed to his loss of the 2012 Presidential election.

Corn has authored a number of books, among them, The Lies of George W. Bush, and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War. 

Refreshments will follow the talk and a question/answer period.

Multmedia Open House

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stop in for free Multimedia class demonstrations for ages 8 and older each Sunday, (March 29  – April 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) at the Takoma Park Community Center. The Takoma Park Recreation Department is proud to offer numerous multimedia classes in our state of the art Mac Lab! Come see what our experienced teachers have to offer by attending one of our free demos. Experience what classes are like and learn a few tips while you’re here.  For more information, contact Lew McAllister at 301-891-7284 or  Limited seating.

"Beyond the Job" Lifelong Takoma Program Interest Meeting!

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Lifelong Takoma Program will be holding an interest meeting for its new Beyond the Job iniative on April 8, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The meething will be held in Senior Room of theTakoma Park Community Center.

Beyond the Job focuses on exploring self identity and productivity when a career is no longer the main focus. Interested? Call 301-891-7232 or email to register in advance for the free event. Limited to 20 people.

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. Training dates are May 5, 7, and  9 (times vary) Pre-registration is required.

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.

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)