College Park, Maryland – The College Park City-University Partnership, City of College Park, University of Maryland, and State of Maryland are excited to unveil new artistic lighting on Baltimore Avenue’s Paint Branch Bridge. The lights will be switched on at a ceremony to be held on June 28, 2018.
June 25, 2018
Eric Olson or Valerie Woodall
(240) 416-3184 or (845) 649-2477
PAINT BRANCH BRIDGE LIGHTING
Artistic Lights bathe College Park Bridge in Color
College Park, Maryland – The College Park City-University Partnership, City of College Park, University of Maryland, and State of Maryland are excited to unveil new artistic lighting on Baltimore Avenue’s Paint Branch Bridge. The lights will be switched on at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 28th. Photos: https://collegeparkpartnership.org/albums/bridgelightinginstallation/
The Paint Branch Bridge is at the heart of the bustling mid-town of College Park – at the intersection of the UMD Hotel and Conference Center, Brendan Iribe Center, The Clark School of Engineering, the Varsity and University View apartments, the Cambria Hotel, the Lakeland Heritage area and more. With increased activity in the area, enhancing the visibility and vibrancy of the bridge is important. The wide palette of colors lifts the location as a memorable and inviting place for pedestrians and bicyclists. To mark this milestone, the City-University Partnership invites members of the media to a first lighting that will include brief remarks from key leaders and a photo opportunity with the new light installation.
When: Thursday, June 28th at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Baltimore Avenue Bridge on the Northeast side, between Lakeland Road and Campus Drive
Who: City, University, State, and Community leaders including
Mayor Patrick Wojahn, City of College Park
Senator Jim Rosapepe, District 21
Dr. Wallace Loh, President, University of Maryland (invited)
Carlo Colella, Vice President, University of Maryland
About the lighting installation: LED lights provide a wash of color to the bridge, enlivening and invigorating this area between campus and community. New lighting also bathes the underpass, which includes a bike trail, creating a more inviting and warm environment for pedestrians in this growing area. The College Park City-University Partnership worked with Imaginex, a lighting company that was founded in College Park by UMD Alumni Eric Mintzer when he was a student. This work was supported by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and with the College Park Arts Exchange.
The College Park City-University Partnership is the nonprofit local development corporation sponsored by the City of College Park and the University of Maryland. The Partnership’s mission is to promote and support the economic welfare of College Park and the University of Maryland through activities including commercial revitalization, community development, and quality housing opportunities consistent with the interests of the City of College Park and the University of Maryland.