College Park

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College Park

Type of City and Homes Available: College Park was settled in 1745 and incorporated as a city in 1945. Its development began in 1856 when the Maryland Agriculture College (now the University of Maryland) was established. The University of Maryland main undergraduate campus, with more than 35,000 students, exerts a strong influence on the community and is an integral part of it.

The better sections of town are solidly built, with attractive sorority and fraternity houses mixed with residential properties. College Park has the oldest continuously operating airport and houses the U.S. National Archives which employes approximately 600 people.

A Fine Arts Center at the University of Maryland is under construction. The Capital Beltway, on the northern border of the city, provides convenient access to Washington D.C. and surrounding communities. An extensive urban renewal program was recently completed, replacing deteriorated houses with new low-cost units, and renovating many other houses. Single-family homes range from $90,000 to $200,000. Apartments rentals run from $600 to $1,000 per month.

Tax Situation: Owner-occupied homes are assessed at 40% of full cash value. Add city and county/state tax rates.

Public Transportation: Oldest continuous-use airport in nation is located here for small planes. Commuter MARC train stops 6 times daily (15 min. to Union Station, D.C., 40 min. to Baltimore).

Metro Station opened in December, 1994. Metro bus service south on Route I to Rhode Island Ave. Metro Station, north to Hollywood; lo Fort Totten Metro Stadon; east-west service to Montgomery County points from stop at University.

Public Facilities and Services: Electricity, gas, water and sewer to entire city. Trash collected twice a week, special collection of large items upon request. Leaf collection weekly during fall. Recycling through the city, weekly. Police protection is the responsibility of County Police in Hyattsville (148 officers). 33 state police at barracks.

Fire stations with 4 career and 75 active volunteer firefighters in the College Park stadon, and 8 career paramedics. Branchville stadon has 3 career, and approximately 70 active volunteers. Prince George's main library is located in Hyattsville.

Public Schools: 2 elementary (K.-6); middle and senior high schools are I to 5 miles away.

Private and Parochial Schools: I Baptist (N-6), I Catholic elementary, I Friends (Quaker) school in dty limits. 2 nursery schools.

Colleges: University of Maryland.

Places of Worship: I AM.E., 3 Baptist, I Catholic, I Charismadc, I Chrisdan Science Reading Room, I Episcopal, I Jehovah's Witnesses, I Lutheran, 2 Methodist, I Nazarene, I Pentecostal Holiness, I Presbyterian, I Wesleyan.

Organization: American Assodarion ofRedred Persons, American Association of University Women, American Legion, Berwyn Women's Club, Boys and Girl Club, Business and Professional Women's Club, 7 civic associations, Civitan, DAR, Field of First College Park Airport, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Moose, Polish Club, Preservation Assodarion, Reared Federal Employees (NARFE), Rotary Club, Senior Citizens Club, 2 Toastmasters Clubs, VFW, Women's Club.

Recreational Facilities: College Park has over 600 acres ofparkland, with 6 picnic areas, 13 playgrounds, 14 playing fields, 7 tennis courts, 7 basketball courts in the town. There are 7 county parks, all of which indude at least 2 of the following: tot lots, tennis courts, baseball, softball, football-soccer fields, basketball courts and picnic areas.

Northeast Branch Stream Valley Park has 1 1/4 mile fitness trail accessible to the handicapped. 6 city tot lots plus I city park with lighted baseball and soccer fields. Boys and girls clubs offer softbaH, soccer and football for boys and softball for girls.

Sports complex includes ice rink and swimming pool. 2 private swimming pools, 9-hole public golf course; an 18-hole Disc (fiasbee) golf course at Calvert Road Park, and I handball court at Sunnyside Park. Drop-in center for ages 6-16 for after school hours, 8-mile hiker-biker trail; College Park Recreation Board and College Park Youth and Family Services Bureau operate wide rangp of programs. University of Maryland 18-hole golf course, adlilt health and developmental program at Cole Field House.

Medical Facilities: Many physidans and dentists; County Health Department clinic services include drug abuse treatment, child health, dental care, and maternal and family planning services, 447-bed Prince Georges Hospital, and Doctors' Hospital (250 beds) are nearby.

Shopping: Neighborhood shopping centers; Prince George's Plaza in Hyattsville, Beltway Plaza Mall in Greenbelt




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