Hollywood Gateway Park

Welcoming Community and Ecology

College Park, MD


City of College Park


WBCM, Gipe Associates, PIKL, McDonnell Landscapes


$1 Million


Park Master Planning, Park Design, Green Infrastructure Planting Design, Community Engagement

The neighborhood of Hollywood in north College Park is located at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and the Washington DC Beltway. The half-acre, undeveloped site was acquired by the City to provide a much-needed, walk-to, green space for the community.

Plan Rendering of Hollywood Gateway Rendered view from top of ramp overlooking park


Multiple design challenges impacted the landscape design: significant elevation change, accessibility, noise and safety concerns from six lanes of adjacent traffic, runoff/flooding, limited budget, and a restricted site all required creative solutions.

In developing the master plan and subsequent construction drawings, Floura Teeter collaborated with the design team and the City of College Park to create a community park that has become a beloved respite and connection to nature. The design includes a densely planted alcove that buffers the noise and traffic above; a playful slide transitions between levels; an eye-catching pavilion provides gathering space at both levels and is visible from the roadway; a meandering path, integrated seating, and generous lighting invite people to linger.

With few public open spaces in Hollywood, Gateway Park is now a highly visible and walkable amenity for the adjacent residential neighborhood and nearby elementary school.

View of park from eye level
View of pavilion
Close up of flower


MD ASLA Merit Award, 2022

Project Team