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Program Description

  Community Access to Public Space

This program provides community organizations and public agencies with access to public schools and government facilities for community services, programs, and events. Services performed by staff in support of this function include: user education training; centralized scheduling of schools, MCPS fields, libraries, regional service centers, County government meeting rooms, and the Silver Spring Civic Building; managing on-line customer facility requests; administering connectivity access to the facility database for school and County staff; providing information and referrals; and problem and conflict resolution. Additionally, working with MCPS staff, Parent Teacher Associations, and community-based groups in the implementation and review of facility use policies and procedures is an integral component of this program. This program also provides: general management and staff support to the Interagency Coordinating Board (CUPF's policy-making authority) and administration for community use operations, including financial processes and budgeting for the Community Use Enterprise Fund.

Program Contacts

Contact Ramona Bell-Pearson of the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities at 240.777.2722 or Alicia Singh of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Hours of paid school use 1335,637580,957589,672598,517607,494
Percent of school, field, and government building users satisfied with the reservation process 295.2%89.7%95.0%95.0%95.0%
Number of groups awarded a subsidy for facility fees through either the Facility Fee Assistance Program (FFAP) or the Community Access Program (CAP) 3122118909090
Percent of groups awarded a subsidy for facility fees through either the Facility Fee Assistance Program (FFAP) or the Community Access Program (CAP) 4100%100%100%100%100%
Hours of paid school field use 555,88052,40954,24356,95559,803
Hours of paid use for government buildings1,6322,6402,7722,9113,059
Hours of paid community use in Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza11,6299,62510,10610,61111,142
Hours of free use for government buildings40,64424,06524,30624,54924,794
1  CUPF returned to pre-pandemic hours of use in FY23 and hopes to continue to increase at a rate of 1.5% for FY24 and beyond.
2  In FY23, 976 customers responded to CUPF's 5 Star Survey. CUPF went through a software transition in FY23 which might have contributed to the slight decrease in the satisfaction survey. The department expects users to be more satisfied as they become more familiar with the new software.
3  In FY23, 42 groups were awarded FFAP through the special appropriation through CARES funding and 17 groups were awarded through traditional funding. There were 59 groups awarded through CAP funding. In FY24, CUPF had an additional $20,000 for FFAP and $20,000 for CAP funding through a state funded grant.
4  All FY23 applicants for Fee Facility Award Program and Community Access Program were granted subsidy awards. For FY24 and beyond, CUPF is projecting to maintain a 100% applicant approval rate.
5  In FY22, the County Council appropriated $500,000 to the FFAP to cover the facility fees for youth sports and organizations to make field use more available. For FY23, the County Council appropriated an additional $125,000 for FFAP funding. For FY24, CUPF is projecting a modest 3.5% increase. For FY25 and FY26, CUPF is projecting a gradual 5% increase in use.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved1113933630.27
Enhance: Additional Program Specialist I expand programming at the Silver Spring Civic Building744731.00
Eliminate: Seasonal Temp Charges-10000-0.20
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2367640.00
FY25 Recommended1144057331.07