The city has been awarded $45,375 in Program Open Space funds for the continued development of Allen Pond Park.

The funds, awarded annually to Maryland jurisdictions by the State Department of Natural Resources, are for acquisition and development of open space land to be used for active or passive recreation.

The city has used previous Program Open Space grants to build three lighted ball fields, two lighted soccer fields, and new parking lots and pavilions at the park, according to David Warrington, director of city public services and facilities.

"We only have a few thing outstanding, like nature trails and a couple of picnic areas," he said.

This year's grant to the city will pay 75 percent of the project's $60,500 cost, said Warrington. The total cost of developing the park is more than $240,000.


At a special meeting last week, the city council awarded a $1.7 million contract to Edmar Construction Company to build the new police station at Kenilworth Avenue and Crescent Road. Construction is expected to start this month and be completed in a year.

The current station, which houses 42 officers and 12 other employes, is located on the ground floor of the city municipal building at 25 Crescent Rd. Once vacated, that space will be renovated for other city use.


The city council will vote at next Wednesday's meeting on a proposed ordinance to regulate unregistered or inoperable vehicles stored on private property.

"We've had a great many complaints throughout the city on this problem," said City Clerk Kaye M. Sandul. The proposed ordinance would prohibit residents from keeping unregistered or inoperable vehicles in public view, but would permit them to store vehicles in garages or out of public view, she said.

Under the ordinance, residents would be given a 15-day warning to remove unsightly vehicles. Anyone who doesn't faces fines of $25 the first day of a violation and $50 a day thereafter.

At the meeting, the council also will consider construction bids for improvements to Maple Avenue, using $103,531 in 1987 federal Community Block Grant funds. The street, which project supervisor Marty Flemion said is now little better than an alley, will be rebuilt with curbs, sidewalks and a storm drainage system.


The city will hold its 7th annual Old Town Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Old Town business district along Carroll Avenue.

More that 20 bands will performfolk, jazz and modern music throughout the day and booths will display handmade American and imported crafts and sculptures. There also will be games for children and foods from Vietnam, Chile, India and the Caribbean and America.

The festival's location is two blocks from the Takoma Park Metro station on the Red Line. Limited parking also will be available. For more information, call 270-1700.


The University Park Children's Clothing Co-op will hold its fall/winter sale of children's clothing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Riverdale Presbyterian Church on Queens Chapel Road in University Park.

The co-op will sell clothes for newborns through teens, toys and baby equipment left over from its seasonal swap.

"It's a group of people who exchange their clothes and what's left over, we sell," Flo Harris, organizer of the event, said, defining the group. She said what isn't sold will be given to the Tamassee School for Homeless Children in Salem, S.C.

Harris said the co-op swaps good clothes that children have outgrown. But so many people brought clothes to the event that they decided to sell the leftovers. For more information, call Harris at 864-0135. -- By Portia Williams