Placemaking Pilot Projects
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.
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
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.
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 is a virtual kickoff
|Virtual Kickoff||April 26||registration is closed|
|Planning Placemaking Riverdale||May - July||registration opens in May|
|Building Placemaking Riverdale||July||call for vendors|
|Placemaking Riverdale Event||Postponed||Postponed|