College Park, Maryland – The College Park City-University Partnership, the City of College Park, the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, the University of Maryland, the UMD Office of Community Engagement, the College Park Arts Exchange, and M-NCPPC are excited to announce the unveiling of a mural on the underpass walls of Baltimore Avenue bridge over the Paint Branch Stream, transforming the underpass with art that reflects our community.

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CONTACT Eric Olson or Valerie Woodall
240-416-3184 or 845-649-2477
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“A Path Forward,” Paint Branch Bridge Underpass Mural Unveiling

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 mural, completed with funding and support from Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development Nonprofit Assistance Fund, the College Park Community Foundation, the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and M-NCPPC, celebrates the past and future of the Lakeland community and its connection to the university campus, including historical images of people from Lakeland supplied by the Lakeland Community Heritage Project. It’s background features images of the Paint Branch and the natural environment. The opposite wall features a colorful, artistic design. See the Progress.

Completing this mural was a collaborative effort. The design was completed by Christine Wilkin, a Roosevelt High School arts teacher, and David Silva, a local artist who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Once a design was complete, a lead artist team comprised of David Silva, Bonnie Simonds – a local M-NCPPC artist – and Sierra Sigmone, a University of Maryland Art Student led a team of student artists working through an M-NCPPC Area Operations Program. The student artist group was led by crew leader Parker Brock and included local area high school students and recent high school graduates Rebekah Chung, Jamie Rogers-Sites, Victoria Lewis, Jazmyne Brock and Rachel Hithon.

When: Tuesday, August 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Baltimore Avenue Bridge underpass, on the Paint Branch Trail, between Lakeland Road and Campus Drive

Who: City, University, State, and Community leaders including:

Monroe Dennis, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of College Park
Senator Jim Rosapepe, District 21
Carlo Colella, Vice President, University of Maryland
Maxine Gross, Lakeland Community Heritage Project
Gloria Aparicio-Blackwell, Director, Office of Community Engagement
Anthony Nolan, Special Programs Division Chief, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, M-NCPPC

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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.

Paint Branch Bridge Underpass Mural Unveiling

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