Category Archives: Riverdale Park

Stories about Riverdale Park, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with a focus on arts, culture, history, real estate and development.

Riverdale Park’s Unusual White Fire Trucks

Ask a kid to draw a fire truck, and they’ll draw a big red truck. But since the Riverdale Park fire department was started in 1923, its trucks have been white on the top and black on the bottom with … Continue reading

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District Taco to Open in Riverdale Park This Fall

District Taco will open at Riverdale Park Station this fall. A representative of the D.C.-based Mexican chain told the Hyattsville Wire they don’t have an exact opening date yet, but construction is “well underway” on its first restaurant in Maryland. … Continue reading

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Inside the New Home of College Park Academy

College Park Academy’s new location feels like a cross between a school and a tech startup. The public charter middle and high school, whose students are chosen by lottery, moved into a brand new building in the University of Maryland’s … Continue reading

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The Perfect Lunch Spot: Art Walk

Riverdale Park has a fun outdoor lunch spot you may have missed. Discovery District, the 150-acre research park run by the University of Maryland near the College Park Metro station, has an art installation, trails and outdoor seating. Located on … Continue reading

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Meet Hyattsville’s Indie Rock Band, Blue Plains

An indie rock band from Hyattsville will play at Riverdale Park Station Thursday. Blue Plains, whose sound has been compared to Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, and Wilco, will play a set at Bear Square near the Whole Foods Market from … Continue reading

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Maryland Breaks Ground on the Purple Line

Maryland broke ground on the Purple Line Monday, 31 years after it was first proposed. At a ceremonial event Monday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao signed a funding agreement for the 16-mile light rail line, which will run from New Carrollton … Continue reading

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Riverdale Park’s Historic Train Stop

You can credit the family that owned the Riversdale mansion for Riverdale Park’s historic train stop. At the turn of the 19th century, the Calvert family owned a 729-acre plantation north of Bladensburg, where they grew tobacco and other crops. The property … Continue reading

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Alchohol Fuels Once-Dry Hyattsville’s Rebirth

Hyattsville was once a dry town, a place where you couldn’t get anything stronger than a Coca-Cola at a soda shop on Baltimore Avenue. Things have changed, to say the least. The city’s code, updated in 1983, now allows liquor licenses, … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Pizza on Route 1

Want a slice on Route 1? You’ve got options. In recent weeks, two more pizza places have opened in the area at opposite ends of the spectrum: Pizzeria Paradiso, a gourmet sit-down restaurant in Hyattsville with a wide selection of … Continue reading

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Meet Route 1’s Very Own Dinosaur

Route 1 has its own dinosaur, and there are several local sites where you can learn more. Astrodon johnstoni was a long-necked sauropod from the Early Cretaceous period which lived in Maryland about 112 million years ago. It looks a lot like … Continue reading

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