Placemaking Pilot Projects
Placemaking Riverdale will take place July 14th & 15th, 2023 in the Plaza del Alamo parking lot at 5550 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale Park, MD!
Placemaking Riverdale is the second pilot project in the placemaking series organized by the Prince George’s County Planning Department in partnership with Better Block. The Planning Department is collaborating with Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization (CKAR) CDC to host a 2-day placemaking festival celebrating local arts and culture of the Greater Riverdale area. This event will have entertainment for the whole family, including live music, play equipment, food, and vendors. Come out in July to learn more about placemaking and to have fun with your neighbors!
Virtual Kickoff Event for Placemaking Largo happening April 11th!
On April 11, 2023 at 6:30 p.m., the Planning Department and Better Block will host a virtual kickoff for Placemaking Largo! At this kickoff event, we will discuss the success and lessons learned in the pilot series thus far, as well as the goals for the placemaking festival in Largo. We will also update attendees on the recommendations of the Downtown Largo Wayfinding, Branding, and Placemaking Strategy that will be published in the coming weeks. Please join the virtual kickoff to learn more about the placemaking festival happening in August and to hear about how you can volunteer!
For more information on Placemaking Pilot Projects, visit the project website.
One of the County’s goals is to create walkable places that enable social interaction and reflect community character; preserve and promote our cultural, historic, and rural resources to celebrate our heritage; and encourage new investment.
The Planning Department is exploring the use of placemaking strategies to highlight the diverse and distinct neighborhoods in the County and promote local arts and culture that define Choice Communities. With the assistance of the Better Block Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that specializes in reshaping and reactivating the built environment, the Planning Department will host placemaking events, focusing initially in three development centers designated by Plan 2035 - Suitland, Riverdale, and Largo. This pilot series prioritizes building partnerships with local community stakeholders, strengthening interagency collaboration, and learning from hands-on demonstrations. It is the goal that these efforts will play a key role in cultivating iconic destinations for people to live, work, play, and invest.
To learn more about Plan 2035, visit https://planpgc2035.org.
To learn more about the Better Block Foundation, visit www.betterblock.org.
On April 8–9, 2022, Prince George's County Planning Department, Better Block, and Creative Suitland hosted a community block party in the vast parking lot at 4719 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland. Together with community volunteers, vendors, artists, performers, and other county agencies, we activated the parking lot to demonstrate how creative placemaking can transform underutilized spaces into fun places for fellowship and artistic expression. View the Placemaking Suitland event video below!
Special thanks to the partners and vendors that helped make the event a success!
|Prince George's County Park and Recreation||Khadijah Jahmila Fine Art|
|Prince George's County Fire and EMS||Delkis Collections|
|Dior Ashley Brown and the Filthy Animals||Natural Feels Awareness|
|Smokenlo BBQ||Black Art Today|
|Luv Plates||JN Studio Art|
|Funnel Cake King||Shelly Hoops|
|Remix Rage Smash Room (Propel Productions Center)||Beyond Dazzled|
|Vintage Thrivals by Rich Rocket||Shea By Lee Monet|
|PGFD Recruiter||Plum Soul Studio|
|4DMV Kids||We Adorn Wood|
The Prince George’s Planning Department, Creative Suitland, and the Better Block Foundation hosted a virtual kickoff on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, to share details about the placemaking initiative and ways that participants can help bring the event to life! See the video of the virtual kickoff event below.
Placemaking Riverdale will take place on July 14th & 15th, 2023 in the Plaza del Alamo parking lot at 5550 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale Park, Maryland.
Placemaking Riverdale is another pilot project in the placemaking series organized by the Prince George’s County Planning Department in partnership with Better Block. The Planning Department is collaborating with Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization (CKAR) CDC to host a 2-day placemaking festival celebrating local arts and culture of the Greater Riverdale area.
The Planning Department, CKAR, and Better Block hosted a virtual kickoff on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 to share details about the placemaking initiative and invite participants to volunteer to help bring the event to life! If you want to volunteer, please email email@example.com.
View the Placemaking Riverdale Virtual Kick-Off Meeting
Placemaking Largo is the final pilot project in the placemaking series. A virtual kickoff event is scheduled for April 11, 2023, at 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. to provide an overview of the placemaking series and to discuss the goals and volunteer opportunities for the placemaking festival in August 2023.
Largo Town Center is one of the three downtowns designated by the County’s General Plan, Plan 2035. The downtowns are areas best positioned to develop—in the near term—into vibrant, walkable, regional-serving centers; each will have a robust economic and employment base, a distinct sense of place and identity, a varied housing stock, a multimodal transportation network, and diverse, mixed-income communities. Through placemaking and collaborative engagements, we can support our diverse and distinct communities and create vibrant places for everyone to enjoy.
Through Placemaking Largo, we will test recommendations of the Downtown Largo Placemaking, Branding, and Wayfinding Strategy, which discusses engineering and artistic methods to enhance the sense of place in the Largo Town Center area. This strategy identifies locations for creative placemaking one of which will be the location of the Placemaking Largo event.