News & Announcements From Takoma Park

2015 City Election Information for Voters and Candidates

Monday, July 6, 2015

The next City of Takoma Park election for mayor and members of the city council will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Complete election information may be found at material continues to be updated so be sure to check back for new information.

2015 Independence Day Road Closures, No Parking and Parade Route

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On July 4, 2015, from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM, there will be NO PARKING at the following:

  • Both sides of Jackson Avenue, from Ethan Allen Avenue to Sligo Creek Parkway
  • Both sides of Ritchie Avenue, from Maple Avenue to Piney Branch Road
  • Both sides of Maple Avenue, from the D.C. line north to Lincoln Avenue
  • All parking spaces behind the City building – Library
  • All parking spaces to the rear of the City building – Police Department
  • Grant Avenue, between Hancock Avenue and Carroll Avenue (both sides, unless one side already restricts parking)
  • Lee Avenue, between Hancock Avenue and Carroll Avenue (both sides, unless one side already restricts parking)
  • Sherman Avenue, between Hancock Avenue and Carroll Avenue (both sides, unless one side already restricts parking)
  • Hancock Avenue, between Grant Avenue and Sherman Avenue (both sides, unless one side already restricts parking)


There will be NO PARKING at every meter along the parade route (below) and staging area on Carroll Avenue, Grant Avenue, Laurel Avenue and Maple Avenue.

The following streets will be closed on July 4, 2015, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM:

  • Ethan Allen Avenue at Jackson Avenue
  • Carroll Avenue at Lincoln Avenue all the way to Maple Avenue
  • Maple Avenue to Lincoln Avenue (for the parade route)

The July 4th Parade Route is as follows:

The parade will begin at MD 410 (East West Highway) and Carroll Avenue. It will continue south on Carroll Avenue to Maple Avenue, where it will turn right. The parade will continue on Maple Avenue until it reaches Lincoln Avenue, where it will end.

The detour route for Metro and Ride-on is as follows:

  • Traffic heading west on MD 410 (East West Highway) will be diverted on to Jackson Avenue to Sligo Creek Parkway and will make a left turn on to Sligo Creek Parkway.
  • Follow Sligo Creek Parkway to Maple Avenue, and then turn right and then an immediate left back on to Sligo Creek Parkway.
  • Follow Sligo Creek Parkway to Piney Branch Road and turn left.
  • Follow Piney Branch Road to Philadelphia Avenue and turn right on to Philadelphia Avenue, or continue south on Piney Branch Road towards the District of Columbia.

Sign Up for the Takoma Park Police Explorer Post 7500!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Your Journey starts now!

When: Applications due no later than Friday, July 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Where: Takoma Park Police Department, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland

Learn about the Takoma Park Police Explorer Post and see if you have what it takes to be one of our newest explorers!

The Takoma Park Police Explorer Post is a partnership through Learning for Life and the Takoma Park Police Department. The objective of this program is for young men and women to begin a foundation of becoming good citizens with a background in law enforcement by learning Honor, Integrity and Leadership. 

Read the full announcement here! Applications for youth and adult explorers are available here:

Plastic Bags & Plastic Film Are No Longer Recyclable

Friday, June 26, 2015

As of July 1, 2015 plastic bags and plastic film is no longer accepted in the City's collection curbside recycling program.

The City of Takoma Park uses the Prince George's County Processing Facility for processing of curbside collected recyclables. Prince George's County has ceased accepting plastic bags or plastic film as of July 1 at the processing facility.

There are two primary reasons why plastic bags are no longer accepted:

  1. The plastic bags and film are damaging equipment that is used to sort and bale the recyclables. The plastic film jams and clogs the machinery causing damage and breakdowns.
  2. The plastic bags collected through the curbside recycling program become dirty and contaminated with bits of broken glass and other materials. This reduces their quality and value to manufacturers who use and purchase plastic bags and film.

Plastic bags can still be recycled at many grocery stores in the area. Stores accept clean, dry plastic bags and can market these to manufacturers because they are uncontaminated with other materials. The best option is to use reusable bags or totes when shopping or opt for a paper bag where available, instead of a plastic bag.

Takoma Park Energy Service Day

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Attention resident home owners who are 55 years or older:

Would you like to get help with lowering your utility bills? Sign up to get free services that make your home more energy efficient! Please contact: Karen Maricheau at or call 301-891-7232, no later than July 10th.

Flier for event available here.