Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Residents asked to shop, dine in Old Town

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The city is encouraging residents in the area surrounding Old Town Bowie to shop and dine in the historic district.

City economic development director John Henry King has sent a survey to 2,700 homes in the area surrounding Old Town requesting that they visit Old Town and fill out a survey on their experiences.

‘‘What I’m looking for is, ‘What do these folks want and need by way of shops? And what, if anything do they think about Old Town Bowie?” King said.

The neighborhoods of Adnell (690 homes), Rolling Hills (300 homes), Northridge (1,073 homes) and Severn Crossing (687 homes) all received the survey and were asked to participate, King said.

The deadline to participate in the survey is Feb. 28.

Included with the survey was a listing of Old Town Bowie businesses and free advertisements for many businesses.

The survey’s timing will coincide with Bowie’s participation March 10 and 11 at the International Council of Shopping Centers Mid-Atlantic Idea Exchange in Washington. The trade show is ‘‘one of the major marketing events” for retailers and shopping center developers, King said.

King said the convention will give Bowie an opportunity to market itself.

Time to plan that picnic

Although the weather may still be chilly, Bowie residents can look forward to summer picnics in the park.

City residents are now able to place their picnic reservations for Allen Pond and Whitemarsh parks. Non-residents will be able to make their reservations beginning March 3.

When placing a picnic reservation, you must present a photo ID with printed address verifying that the applicant lives within the incorporated city limits or a photo ID and either a current voter registration card or recent utility bill verifying residence within the incorporated city limits of Bowie.

Full payment must be made in cash or check to the city of Bowie. Checks must have an address within the city’s incorporated limits.

Each adult may make only one reservation at a time.

For more information, contact the recreation office at 301-809-3011.

And clean that stream

Bowie community members who are interested in the environment can attend a meeting of the city’s new ‘‘Stream Team” at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Bowie City Hall. The city is organizing the group to clean streams around the city in April. For more information, visit www.cityofbowie.org⁄green.