Hollywood Gateway Park

Welcoming Community and Ecology

College Park, MD

Client

City of College Park

Team

WBCM, Gipe Associates, PIKL, McDonnell Landscapes

Cost

$1 Million

Services

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.

Welcome sign at Hollywood Gateway Walking path through the park

Challenges

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 City of College Park to create a community park which has become a beloved respite and connection to nature. The design includes a densely planted alcove which 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.

Slide, steps, and pavilion at Hollywood Gateway

Project Team