Placemaking Pilot Projects
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 Rd, Suitland, MD. 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.
Special thanks to the partners and vendors that helped make the event a success!
- Prince George's County Park and Recreation
- Prince George's County Fire and EMS
- Dior Ashley Brown and the Filthy Animals
- Smokenlo BBQ
- Luv Plates
- Funnel Cake King
- Remix Rage Smash Room (Propel Productions Center)
- Vintage Thrivals by Rich Rocket
- PGFD Recruiter
- 4DMV Kids
- Khadijah Jahmila Fine Art
- Delkis Collections
- Natural Feels Awareness
- Black Art Today
- JN Studio Art
- Shelly Hoops
- Beyond Dazzled
- Shea By Lee Monet
- Plum Soul Studio
- We Adorn Wood
One of the six guiding principles of the County’s General Plan, Plan 2035, is to create “Choice Communities.” We can support our diverse and distinct communities through placemaking and collaborative engagements and create vibrant places for everyone to enjoy.
The Planning Department commissioned the Better Block Foundation to help execute three pilot projects by partnering with local communities and exploring placemaking strategies in their neighborhoods. The pilot projects are focused on three of the County’s designated centers – Suitland, Riverdale, and Largo. These collaborative efforts will play a key role in cultivating iconic destinations for people to live, work, play, and invest in.
To learn more about Plan 2035, visit https://planpgc2035.org.
To learn more about the Better Block Foundation, visit www.betterblock.org.
In partnership with Creative Suitland and building off their transformative placemaking work, Placemaking Suitland hosted a 2-day, fun-filled event on April 8 - 9, 2022 celebrating the arts and community.
Timeline of Events
|DELIVERABLE||TIMELINE||OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED|
|Virtual Kickoff Event||January 19||registration closed|
|Building Suitland Event||April 4 - 9||registration closed|
|Placemaking Suitland Community Event||April 8 (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)||registration closed|
|Placemaking Suitland Community Event||April 9 (12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)||registration closed|
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.
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In partnership with Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation (CKAR) and building off their transformative placemaking work, Placemaking Greater Riverdale will be a two-day, fun-filled event in late Summer 2022 celebrating the arts and community. The Prince George’s Planning Department, CKAR, and the Better Block Foundation hosted a virtual kickoff on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, to share details about the placemaking initiative and ways that participants can help bring the event to life!
View the Placemaking Riverdale virtual kick-off meeting recording below.
Placemaking Riverdale les dará a los vecinos y negocios las herramientas para ser creativos con su espacio público. Obtener más información sobre la creación de lugares en Riverdale y mantenerse involucrado con el proyecto a medida que se desarrolla. Para impulsar ese proceso, realice esta encuesta de 5 minutos.
La encuesta se cerrará el 27 de mayo de 2022.
Timeline of Events
|DELIVERABLE||2022 TIMELINE||OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED|
|Virtual Kickoff||April 26||registration is closed|
|Planning Riverdale||May - July||registration opens in May|
|Building Riverdale||late summer||registration opens in May|
|Placemaking Riverdale Community Event||September 23 - 24||register to attend in July|