“Changing the street name from Paint Branch Parkway to Campus Drive is an initiative to tighten the greater College Park community.” – Mayor Pro Tem Monroe Dennis, City of College Park
On the last day of June 2016, The Partnership, along with representatives from both the City of College Park and the University of Maryland, oversaw Paint Branch Parkway’s transition into Campus Drive. The 1.7 mile road connects the University of Maryland and the community with the College Park Metro Station, M Square Research Park and the surrounding area populated with research and innovation partners. This area, which attracts and retains many startups and businesses to College Park, includes 128 acres dedicated to innovation at the intersection of the Green Line and future Purple Line stops.
The renaming of the road can be helpful to visitors traveling into the College Park area via Kenilworth Avenue and the Beltway. With one consistent street name through the University, the Metro station area, and to Kenilworth Avenue, there is continuity.
The event highlighting this name change was attended by Mayor Pro Tem Monroe Dennis, City Council Member Robert Day, Carlo Colella, Vice President of the University of Maryland, Dannielle Glaros, Prince George’s County Councilmember for District 3, Ken Ulman from the University, former Mayor Steve Brayman, City Manager Scott Somers, College Park City-University Partnership staff, and more. Comments were made from those present about what the renaming means for bringing the campus and community together.
The press event attracted media from the Diamondback newspaper.