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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, M-NCPPC fields, libraries, regional service centers, County government meeting rooms, and the Silver Spring Civic Building; managing on-line customer facility requests; administering connectivity to the facility database for school and County staff; information and referral; and problem and conflict resolution. Working with MCPS staff, PTAs, and community-based committees in the implementation and review of facility use policies and procedures is an integral component of this program. This program also provides: 1.) general management and staff support to the Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB), which is CUPF's policy-making authority, and its Citizens' Advisory Committee; and 2.) administration for community use operations, including financial processes and budgeting for the Community Use Enterprise Fund. The County's General Fund supports limited free use of facilities to qualifying organizations in accordance with ICB policy.

Program Contacts

Contact Ramona Bell-Pearson of the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities at 240.777.2722 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Percentage of available time in school auditoriums, gyms, all purpose rooms/cafeterias used by the community4542454545
Percentage of available use time in County buildings used by the community 14746464646
Percentage of Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB) members satisfied with CUPF's support of ICB100100959595
Percentage of School Childcare Selection Committee members who felt the selection process resulted in placement of a highly-qualified provider82%96%90%90%90%
Hours of paid school use563,754557,539560,000560,000560,000
Hours of paid school field use63,02363,03964,00064,00064,000
Hours of paid community use on Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) fields 2107,792102,61397,737105,000105,000
Hours of use for government buildings15,78910,46711,50011,50011,500
Hours of paid community use in Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza 311,92412,33112,50012,50012,500
Percentage of school, field, and government building users satisfied with the reservation process8392909090
Percentage of government building free use8888909090
1  Several County Buildings are fully or partially unavailable due to construction, "refreshes" or maintenance to include: Wheaton Regional Library, Council Office Building, and Mid-County Government Center.
2  The hours of paid community use on M-NCPPC fields estimate was down in FY19 as compared to actual FY18 and target for FY20. This is explained by the fact that the number of credits issued to customers was very high related to unavailability of fields for use during the FY19 period due to a higher than usual rainy season. In addition there were many fields taken out of use by MCPS due to renovations and upgrades.
3  Silver Spring Civic Building (SSCB) is an early voting and election site. Usually elections will reduce hours of use at the SSCB. However, in FY18, this impact was more than offset by the elimination of free use of the plaza which allowed more paid use.

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved1191989931.07
Enhance: Audio Visual Equipment Installation for the Silver Spring Civic Building1300000.00
Technical Adj: Adjustment for ActiveMONTGOMERY System Administrator Net to Gross00.20
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-1073760.00
FY20 Approved1194252331.27