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It’s That Time of Year Again:
Free Saturday Parking in Downtown Garage

Tired of dealing with pay stations? The City of College Park is here to make your summer a little easier, as you can park in the Downtown garage for free every Saturday from May 30th to August 15th.  The garage is located at the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue, convenient to more than 70 retailers.

Please note that free summer Saturday parking is limited to the Downtown parking garage. Meters in the surface lots and on the street will still be enforced from 8:00am to 10:00pm as usual.

Remember that free parking is always available on Sundays in the garage, surface lots, and the street.

Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you Downtown!

Development Update: May 2015

The latest edition of the College Park Development Update features updates on the construction at Landmark, Monument Village, and Terrapin Row, as well as information on the University’s plan for an Innovation District on the former East Campus site.

Business Beat:
April 2015 Edition

This edition features news on major changes in Downtown including the build out of Nando’s Peri-Peri and TargetExpress, as well as the opening of a Southern restaurant. Additionally, further details are available on the new Franklin’s restaurant opening at The Hotel.

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Completes Major Renovations

A multi-phase, multi-year renovation that brought dramatic changes — including a new name — to College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is now complete.

This two building retreat at the University of Maryland University College and adjacent to the University of Maryland College Park campus began a dramatic metamorphosis in 2012 that has introduced flexible design and chic décor to every facet of the hotel.

“We’ve changed everything to present an enhanced guest experience, whether you are here for a business meeting or wedding, or to visit the local community and D.C. attractions,” says Mike McCarthy, General Manager at the hotel.

Completed in April 2015, the final phase features 126 spacious, newly renovated hotel guest rooms. The hotel features rooms in a soothing palette of navy, green and crimson; built-in custom storage and work areas; iHome keyboard docking stations; and art inspired by the collections of the hotel’s owner, the University of Maryland University College. Approximately 76 tubs have been removed to make way for showers in new tile and marble bathrooms.

Perfect for guests attending corporate or social events in the conference center, the Concierge Lounge now has a complimentary computer station for printing boarding passes, checking e-mail or making your next Marriott reservation. The Presidential Suite was completely redone adding a contemporary new design, wet bar and a powder room for the parlor and enlarged bathroom in the bedroom portion. A stunning meeting/dining table and chrome accents complete the suite’s décor. The main lobby also received notable upgrades and digital way-finding displays will be added soon.

Travelers can rest easy knowing the Maryland hotel is eco-friendly. Renovations to the hotel building — North America’s first LEED-certified hotel when it opened in 2004 — cap off an extraordinary transformation of guest rooms, public space and 40,000 square feet of function space. Recent changes to the hotel include:

  • The Common, a three-meal modern American pub and kitchen featuring locally sourced cuisine and artisan drinks
  • New 6,700 square-foot Potomac Ballroom
  • Renovated 8,200 square-foot Chesapeake Ballroom
  • New 250-seat conference dining room
  • 18 redecorated meeting rooms
  • Reinvented Marriott Hotels Greatroom, business center and fitness center

In 2014, the hotel’s name was changed from Marriott Inn and Conference Center University of Maryland University College to reflect its new, streamlined décor and technology designed to meet the needs of the modern mobile, social lifestyle.

Farmers Market Season is Finally Here

As the weather finally warms up that signals the arrival of fresh produce and the opening of farmers market season. The City actively supports two markets, the Downtown College Park Farmers Market on Sundays and the Hollywood Farmers Market on Saturdays. Both markets feature close to 20 vendors with a wide variety of good produced in the Washington, DC region.

Celebrating its fifth year in operation, the Downtown market is set to open on Sunday, April 12th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The market features original vendors in Bill’s Backyard BBQ and Miller Farms, which are now joined by more than 20 other vendors offering products including artisan bread, cheese, crafts, crepes, fudge, meat, pickles, root beer, spices, tacos, wine, and much more. Most weeks at the market feature live music from Birds on a Wire between 11:00am and 1:00pm, while other events throughout the season include cooking demos, community tables, wellness seminars, and free massages.

Located in north College Park, the Hollywood market is opening on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00am to 1:00pm for its third season. Started by community members, the market is conveniently located next MOM’s Organic Market and features a range of vendors offering products including artisan bread, cheese, coffee, crepes, honey, jewelry, meat, pickles, vegetarian dishes, and much more.

Business Beat:
February 2015 Edition

This month’s edition of the College Park Business Beat features news on the openings of a vegan restaurant at the Varsity and a grocery option in Hollywood, plus the announcement of the signature restaurant at The Hotel at the University of Maryland development.



Live Smart, Eat Local Tour Returns to Kangnam BBQ

On Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00pm, Kangnam BBQ Bar & Grill will be hosting the second event in this monthly series designed to support local businesses and promote community. The featured speaker is State Senator James Rosapepe of the 21st District, who will be discussing the current legislative session in Annapolis. Kangnam BBQ, which opened in October 2014, offers traditional Korean food, sushi, and much more. The restaurant is located at 8503 Baltimore Avenue.

halal butcher and grocer opens in Hollywood

Open since last week, Star Halal Meat and African Grocery is a family-owned butcher shop providing authentic West African products and halal meat. The family opened their first location in Takoma Park and decided to pursue a second location in the Hollywood Commercial District along Rhode Island Avenue. Their butcher shop carries a selection of beef, chicken, goat, and lamb that can be cut to the customer’s specification. Additionally, they have a charcoal grill onsite, where they’ll cook any meat purchased for patrons and serve it with rice and a spicy sauce. Beyond halal meet, the store carries dried spices, herbs, seasonings, palm oil, clothes, and other daily items.

Star Halal is located at 4936 Edgewood Road in the shopping plaza with A-1 Pawn and New York Deli.

Development Update:
January 2015

The latest edition of the College Park Development Update includes news on the construction of Landmark College Park, the site selection for a new City Hall, and plans to revitalize the Hollywood Commercial District. If you’d like to sign up for the newsletter please fill out this form on the City’s website and check the “Development News” list.