City Scene

Gaithersburg Police Station Receives Funds from State

Included in the Maryland State Budget is $1,000,000 for a new police station in Gaithersburg. The site, 16 S. Summit Ave., was purchased in 2016. The bigger, approximately 40,000-square-foot station is estimated to cost $12 million. The Maryland General Assembly approved the state’s $46.6 billion budget on March 25.

Funds Approved for City Park

The Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item to commit $2.14 million in Program Open Space funds toward developing a local park at the former Consumer Product Safety Commission site in Gaithersburg. The city plans to improve the 9.54-acre property with open space, a community garden, covered picnic pavilions, a nature play space, outdoor fitness equipment, a paved walking trail and a tot lot.

“The City of Gaithersburg is pleased to move forward with this project,” said Michele Potter, director of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the City of Gaithersburg. “Through a public planning process, the park was designed by an ad hoc committee, comprised of residents and approved by our mayor and City Council. An open house was held on-site for adjacent neighbors to view conceptual drawings and tour the property. We hope to begin construction in Fiscal Year 2020 and will announce a groundbreaking ceremony and keep all informed of our progress.”

Gaithersburg acquired the land through the federal Lands to Parks program. The total $5 million project will also include
infrastructure upgrades and use city funds and a state bond bill.

Spring Loose Leaf Collection Continues

Loose leaf collection for single family and townhouse owners in the City of Gaithersburg continues through April 12, weather permitting. Collection is made weekly; however, there may be a one- to two-day delay during busy periods. Place leaves at the street curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day. Note that leaves placed in alleys or mews will not be collected. After the collection period ends, leaves can be placed in biodegradable brown paper bags and left curbside with other recyclables on your weekly collection day.

Volunteer at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is looking for volunteers. Many volunteer opportunities are available the day of the event, Saturday, May 18, especially from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and Student Service Learning hours are available. For more information, visit

Gaithersburg Police Foundation Taps Into Local Restaurant Support

The Gaithersburg Police Foundation returns to Dogfish Head Alehouse on Tuesday, April 16 for its most popular fundraiser of the year. This event raises money for the nonprofit organization supporting the Gaithersburg Police Department. Dogfish Head Alehouse is located at 800 West Diamond Ave. in Gaithersburg.

The restaurant is donating 15 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Gaithersburg Police Foundation. The public is encouraged to drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. for good food and an opportunity to meet the members of the Gaithersburg Police Department and the Gaithersburg Police Foundation.

AAUW Meeting Highlights Women’s Suffrage

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)-Gaithersburg invites you to “Celebrate the Suffragists” by attending their April 16, 7 p.m. meeting at the Gaithersburg Library, second floor meeting room. In the early to mid-19th century when advocacy for women’s right to vote began, women had no right to speak before an audience where men were present, nor a right to an education. At the meeting, AAUW will introduce some of the women instrumental in achieving women’s suffrage despite these and many other obstacles. For more information, call 301.840.5443.