The Partnership has programs to advance the goals of the University District Vision 2020. These programs support the Partnership in addressing its core strategy areas, including housing and development, education, transportation, public safety and sustainability.
The City-University Partnership’s Homeownership Program is part of an effort to increase the number of University of Maryland and City of College Park employees living in the City as outlined in the University District Vision 2020. It provides $15,000, in forgivable loans, to full-time, benefits-eligible University and City employees to become homeowners in the City of College Park–ultimately reducing commutes, strengthening neighborhoods, and supporting our local economy.
Trolley Trail Day
Each year, Community development groups (the College Park City-University Partnership, Hyattsville CDC, and Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc.), local governments, local businesses, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and nonprofit organizations host a day of activities to highlight and celebrate our much-loved Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail that connects College Park, Riverdale Park, and Hyattsville.
This 3.5 mile long trail is a recreational and transportation asset – it can also become even more of an economic driver than it is today. By linking the downtowns and commercial areas of the three Baltimore Avenue Corridor communities, the Trolley Trail serves as a convenient connection between our communities. It also connects into the larger region’s trail network, linking us with the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions. This event boosts the trail’s profile, make more people aware of the many businesses accessible from the trail, and bring more customers to local establishments.
Outdoor Performance Series
The College Park City-University Partnership, working in collaboration with the College Park Arts Exchange, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the University of Maryland’s School of Music, and the City of College Park, developed a weekly outdoor performance series that supports the vision of a sustainable, walkable, vibrant top-20 college town. Local musicians and visual arts performers participate in weekly outdoor performances Mondays and Fridays. Our goal is to enhance public spaces in College Park with art and music, bring the community together, articulate the area’s history, and give cultural context to new development.