Category Archives: University Park

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

Meet University Park Author Monica Hesse

Route 1 has had its share of crime authors. George Pelecanos used to cruise the Hyattsville area and has mentioned it in some of his books. And University Park was home to famed noir author James M. Cain. Now it … Continue reading

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The Route 1 Corridor Puts a Bird on It

Everywhere you look on Route 1, there are birds. In the Woodridge neighborhood of D.C. along Rhode Island Avenue just south of Mount Rainier, there’s Nido, a Mediterranean small-plate restaurant named for the word for “nest” in Italian and Spanish, … Continue reading

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See Mockup of University Park’s New Playground

Construction on University Park’s new nature-themed playground will begin this fall. Located on the current site of the tennis courts behind University Park Elementary School, the highly anticipated playground will feature a play area for kids aged 2 to 5 … Continue reading

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University Park’s Secret Historic Cemetery

University Park has a Revolutionary War-era cemetery, but you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know about it. Hidden on a quiet residential street in the historic district of University Park is a small cemetery for members of the prominent Deakins … Continue reading

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University Park Elementary Helps Anacostia River

University Park Elementary School is doing its part to improve the Anacostia watershed. The nonprofit Anacostia Watershed Society is digging up the school’s soccer field and areas around the playground to install new stormwater pipes and drainage basins as part 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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How Route 1 Honors Jim Henson

Jim Henson has three separate memorials along the Route 1 corridor. The creator of the Muppets spent his early childhood in Leland, Mississippi, which has a small welcome center with educational displays, memorabilia and a gift shop. But his family … Continue reading

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University Park Named D.C.’s ‘Best Value’

University Park was named the “best value neighborhood” in the greater Washington area. In a study by the online real estate site Trulia, University Park scored well on affordability, local restaurants, commute times, schools and crime. “The neighborhood ranks high … Continue reading

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How Route 1 Became a Bike Haven

Route 1 has become a great place for bicycling, with shops, trails, bike-sharing stations and strong local support. There are several locally owned bike shops: Hyattsville’s Arrow Bicycle, College Park Bicycles and Proteus Bicycles. And the Mount Rainier Bike Co-op offers free workshops on bicycle … Continue reading

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University Park to Get New Playground

University Park is adding a major new playground this fall. The town will tear up two older tennis courts near Wells Parkway and College Heights Drive and install a nature-themed playground. One section will be for children ages 2 to … Continue reading

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