Listening Sessions

One of the Mayor and City Council’s goals for 2020 is to make sure they are hearing directly from the residents about the issues that are important to them. To accomplish this goal and provide opportunities for input, Listening Sessions are being held in each of the four districts of the City. Three of the sessions have been held already. The final session takes place Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at the Kenhill Center at 7 p.m.

Each of the comments is being logged and assigned to a staff member, or to the Council for review and further action, when appropriate. The comments will also help to inform and guide the Mayor and other Councilmembers as they begin budget deliberations this spring and set goals for Bowie’s future.

If you are not be able to attend a listening session, you may also share your thoughts via email ( or call 301-809-3032.

We’re Listening!

Some common themes have emerged in the comments and questions that are being received. Each of the tabs below represents one of those themes. When you click on a tab you will find some basic information on the topic. We recognize that some of these issues are complex, and will require different types of approaches, but we thought it was important to provide some information in response to the comments, just as quickly as we could.

  1. Crime & Safety
  2. Development
  3. Litter
  4. Retail
  5. Speeding
  6. Schools
  7. Street Lights

How do we combat crime in our city?

  • Bowie PD Contact InfoReport suspicious activity 24/7: 240-544-5700
  • Call 911 in the event of any emergency, including a crime in progress.
  • To report suspicious activity, call the Police Communications Center 24/7 at 240-544-5700. 
    • Make the call before you post to social media. Bowie Police Department encourages discussion, but social platforms are not the place to make an official report of an incident. 
    • Never assume that someone else has called something in. Err on the side of safety and make the call!
  • #LockItOrLoseIt Don’t make it easy for criminals:
    • Lock your home and your vehicles
    • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle or where others might see them
    • Never leave vehicle keys, including spare keys, inside your vehicle
    • Send packages to pick-up locations, rather than to your home or arrange for a neighbor to pick them up
  • Report street light outages or malfunctions to the City Bowie Public Works Department Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 301-809-2336
  • You can also use our service request system to report a street light problem
  • If something or someone seems suspicious, trust your instincts and make the call to Bowie Police Department at 240-544-5700
  • Watch out for scams by door-to-door solicitors, callers, or mail/email solicitations
  • Request more patrol visibility by calling 240-544-5700

What Else You're Commenting On...

Some of the other topics raised at the Listening Sessions or in emails include:
  • Amber Ridge
  • Animal Control
  • Annexation
  • Art & Entertainment District
  • Beautification
  • Bowie High School (new school)
  • Bowie State University
  • Bowie Town Center
  • Bridge in Old Bowie
  • Bus service for seniors and disabled
  • Cellular towers
  • Census
  • Clothing boxes
  • Code Compliance
  • Communications
  • Community Centers
  • Composting
  • Concerts
  • Dirt bikes
  • Drug activity
  • Early voting
  • Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Fire/EMS
  • Green Bowie
  • Hall Road
  • HBCUs
  • Heritage Trail in Old Bowie
  • Housing (affordability, choice, density)
  • Ice Arena
  • Jericho Park Road
  • Jobs
  • Leaf collection
  • Mail delivery
  • Master Plan update process
  • Metrobus
  • Municipal authority
  • Noise
  • Non profit support
  • Old Town Bowie revitalization
  • Overdevelopment
  • Police services
  • Prince George's County
  • Race track
  • Rail line safety
  • Recreation
  • Senior Center
  • Senior housing
  • Services
  • Sidewalks
  • South Lake development
  • Street parking
  • Streets and signage
  • Sustainability
  • Taxes
  • Term limits for County Council
  • Thank you
  • Traffic
  • Traffic signals
  • Trails
  • Trash and recycling
  • Trees
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Water
  • WB& A Trail
Listening Session Collage