Developed during the construction of the nearby Washington Metro rail line, this park is named for local resident Artemesia N Drefs,
who donated 10 lots to be used as open space. Mrs. Drefs' father
surveyed the property in 1890 and her family used the natural ponds as a
goldfish farm. During the 1976 construction of the rail line, builders
removed sand and gravel from the park area to use in the rail project,
in exchange for developing the natural recreation area.
Today, this public park consists of a
38-acre lake, a handicapped accessible fishing pier, and aquatic
gardens. More than two miles of hiker-biker trails surround and connect
the lake with Calvert Road Park and College Park Airport and Aviation
Museum. The Luther Goldman Birding Trail
attracts both expert and novice bird watchers hoping to glimpse finches, orioles, ibis, and other birds. The Prince George's Audubon Society
hosts bird walks every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.
Lake Artemesia is a great place for
fishing. A non-tidal fishing license is required for persons 16 and
older. In addition, a trout stamp is required to catch-and-take trout
from the lake. Refer to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website
or Maryland Fishing Regulations
for more information. No
Vehicles are not permitted on park
ground, but visitors can access the park via handicapped accessible
trails at the 5200 block of Calvert Road in College Park, or Osage
Street and Swathmore Court in Berwyn Heights.