A Smart Place   To LIve

In 2012, the City of College Park began research to create a brand that would raise awareness of the City’s numerous assets and promote it as a great place to live and work. Upon completion of the research, a logo and tagline were selected to market the City to potential residents, businesses, and visitors.

Given a thriving university, an educated population, proximity to the nation’s capital, and a growing transit network, the City of College Park has been branded as “A Smart Place to Live.”

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College Park Business Beat: April 2014

The latest edition of the College Park Business Beat features information on the opening of a women’s clothing store in Downtown, the pending arrival of a new pizza concept from California, and the opening of the City’s Downtown and Hollywood farmers markets later this month. Additionally, a new section on retail opportunities has been added to the newsletter.

If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter please send an email to mstiefvater@collegeparkmd.gov.

Mothers Day 5K Run!

The Prince George’s Running Club will be hosting the first Mothers Day 5K (3.1 mile) race on Sunday , May 11.

The race will begin @ 7:00 am. Start and Finish at the Hollywood Shopping Ctr (9800 Block of Rhode Island Avenue)

There will be Prizes from REI.

Please see the attached flyer for more details to follow. To register please click here .

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Mark Shrodder at shroder_keller@yahoo.com.

StyleSurrender Brings Contemporary Fashion Downtown

Earlier this week Downtown College Park saw the opening of an independent clothing store at 4513 College Avenue in the former On Cloud 9 space. StyleSurrender is a contemporary clothing store that delivers fun, fresh, and easy to wear styles for young ladies. Beyond clothes, merchandise includes handbags, jewelry, accessories, and even swimwear.

To celebrate their opening, StyleSurrender is hosting a Grand Opening event on Saturday, March 29th. The event features a special 20% off the entire stock, plus an additional 15% off with a University of Maryland student ID. For those spending over $75, the shop is giving away a free gift. Refreshments will also be available while they last.

Ride 4 Eco

Event: Ride4ECO Fundraiser for ECO City Farms

Event Date: May 3, 2014, 10am-2pm

Location: Cole Fieldhouse at University of Maryland to ECO City Farms, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD  20781

Contact: Susan Shuller, 513-478-2386

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Ride4ECO to promote sustainable farming, Healthy Eating and Active Living in Prince George’s County 

5 mile fun bike ride to raise funds for a bike stop at ECO City Farms @ Edmonston along the Anacostia River Trail 

Edmonston, MD—On Saturday, May 3rd, residents in Prince George’s County and students of University of Maryland will come together for the Ride4ECO, a fun 5 mile bike ride to raise funds for a bike stop at ECO City Farms in Edmonston along the Anacostia River Trail.  The bike stop will offer interpretive signage, highlighting the story of African American farmers that cultivated the area, directional trail signs, a picnic table, a tire fill station, a water fountain and a bike rack.  “The goal is to connect the farm and urban farming more generally with the imaginations of users of the adjacent Anacostia trail,” says Margaret Morgan-Hubbard, CEO of ECO City Farms.

The Ride4ECO will be held on May 3, 2014 starting at the Cole Fieldhouse at the University of Maryland at 10am.  Riders will ride along the Anacostia River Trail to ECO City Farms in Edmonston at 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD  20781 where they can celebrate at a Farm Open House from 12pm-2pm.  The Farm Open House, which features farm tours, healthy snacks, a silent auction and other fun activities is expected to draw more than 200 people.  Attendees can try out ECO’s famous ‘Smoothie Bike’, which allows them to pedal their way to a fruity treat, see how food is grown at ECO City Farms, and taste healthy food samples.

Many neighborhoods in the Port Towns of Prince George’s County, Maryland (Colmar Manor, Edmonston, Cottage City and Bladensburg) are considered to be ‘food deserts’: areas where there is very limited access to fresh and affordable food.  ECO City Farms and Port Towns Community Health Partnership–a collaboration of community residents, organizations and funders–are all working together in the Port Towns to break down the barriers to food access and promote HEALing (healthy eating and active living).

ECO City Farms is a food oasis in an area largely made up of strip malls, car repair shops, fast-food restaurants and processed food minimarts. “More than 70% of residents in the Port Towns are overweight or obese, with health issues, such as diabetes, related to poor eating habits,” notes Morgan-Hubbard. “We are working to make healthy eating an easy choice for all.”

Located in a working class neighborhood on the Anacostia River, in Edmonston, Maryland, ECO City Farms is adjacent to the new Anacostia bike trail.  This trail, which connects Prince George’s County to Washington, DC and Montgomery County, is not only used by recreational bicyclists on the weekends, it is also used as a transportation corridor by people in the Edmonston community.  The bike stop will bring more people to ECO City Farms and orient them to the farming history of the area.  Founded by free blacks who established farms here and prospered, Edmonston has had strong roots in farming since before the war of 1812. This project aims to illuminate and connect riders to the stories of people, past and present, who live and work here.

Ride4ECO needs to raise $5,000 to match a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to construct the bike stop.  This means that every dollar donated generates $2 in support!  Registration for the Ride4ECO and donations can be made at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ride4eco.    However, the Ride4ECO is not just a day-long fundraiser.  It is an opportunity to support a more sustainable and healthy future for the Prince George’s County Community.

A Taste of Spring

The Board of Directors of the College Park Community Foundation invites you to A Taste of Spring, a fundraising event featuring a unique array of beer, wine, and fine food selected by celebrated local chef Ferhat Yalcin.

Sample from a special selection of wine and beer and enjoy the chef’s special menu of appetizers. Connect with friends and neighbors while supporting charitable projects in the College Park community.

The event will also feature a prize raffle and a survey of guests to award the distinction of Best Wine and Best Beer of the evening.

A Taste of Spring is brought to you by the College Park Community Foundation,Fishnet, and the Berwyn District Civic Association.

Individual tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets for $40.

We are also celebrating the successful 2013 change to Maryland law that allowed Fishnet to obtain its license to serve beer and wine, boosting economic development in the historic Berwyn neighborhood. The 21st District delegation to the Maryland General Assembly – Senator Jim Rosapepe and Delegates Barbara FrushJoseline Peña-Melnyk, and Ben Barnes – sponsored this new law.

Business sponsorship information is available, please contact Richard Morrison at rmorrison@collegeparkfoundation.org.

Please note that 50% of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Thanks to our growing list of event sponsors, including the Clarice Smith Performing Arts CenterPongos Interactive, and Keane Enterprises, who have all joined us asPartnering Sponsors. In addition, our raffle will feature gift cards generously donated by Ledo Restaurant and Hard Times Cafe.

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