A new pedestrian and bicycle path improves connectivity between College Park and Riverdale Park.

PRESS RELEASE
March 28, 2018
Eric Olson
(240) 416-3184
eolson@collegeparkpartnership.org

SIDEWALK CONNECTION TO RIVERDALE PARK STATION
Ribbon cutting for long-awaited connection

College Park, Maryland – A new pedestrian and bicycle path improves connectivity between College Park and Riverdale Park.

The College Park City-University Partnership, the City of College Park, Prince George’s County, Riverdale Park Station, and the State of Maryland are pleased to celebrate a new sidewalk/bike path connection between Albion Road in College Park and Riverdale Park Station in Riverdale Park.

This multi-use path serves to connect College Park’s downtown, the University, and neighborhoods with the new Riverdale Park Station – a mixed-use commercial, housing, and office development. This path is important for increasing the local bike/ped environment, for economic development, and for improving safety.

In a nod to the area’s history, the path winds between the original pillars marking the entrance to the former MacAlpine House, built by Charles Baltimore Calvert in 1863. It served as the family home for many years, and later became the Longfellow School for Boys.

This was a true collaborative effort between the City-University Partnership, the City of College Park, Prince George’s County (including CM Glaros and Executive Baker’s office), WMATA, Riverdale Park Station, and the State – particularly the 21st and 22nd District Delegations (Senators Rosapepe and Pinsky, and Delegates Barnes, Frush, Peña-Melnyk, Gaines, Healy, and Washington).

The Partnership was awarded a $350,000 state bond bill to increase pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure between College Park and Riverdale Park Station. The City of College Park managed the construction, and Riverdale Park Station provided engineering and other investment. Work began in early December on this pervious, ADA-compliant sidewalk and lighting across WMATA land along Baltimore Avenue. Previously, this area was impassable by foot or by bicycle. Now completed, this sidewalk connection will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to safely travel between College Park and Riverdale Park Station.

To mark this milestone, the City-University Partnership invites members of the media to a ribbon cutting that will include brief remarks from key leaders and a photo opportunity with the new sidewalk connection.

When:             Thursday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Where:           At the corner of Albion Road and Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland

Who:               Mayor Patrick Wojahn, City of College Park, Mayor Alan Thompson, Town of Riverdale Park, 21st and 22nd State Legislative Delegations, Dannielle Glaros, Prince George’s County Councilmember, Chair, District 3

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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.

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