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Greenbelt in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Greenbelt Lake

 
 
Greenbelt Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
1. Greenbelt Lake Marker
Inscription. Construction on the Greenbelt project began with this lake on October 12, 1935. Originally a heavily wooded 23-acre valley cut by a stream, the lake required one year and over two hundred men to complete it. Because the federal government was interested in putting as many unemployed laborers to work as possible, much of the land was cleared by hand. Men hired by the federal government's Resettlement Administration pulled the trees out by their root, cleared the brush, and built a 22-foot dam on the east side of the lake. The dam now forms the eastern link of the path that encircles the lake.

The original plans for the lake included a bathhouse and boathouse. The boathouse was to include a dock with a boat rental and launch, sand beach, and changing facilities for bathers. The federal government never built the boathouse and other structures in the original plans due to budget constraints. In addition, health officials soon discovered that the lake contained bacteria that made the water unsafe for swimming. The lake has been closed to swimmers since July 1938. In former times local residents rented boats on the lake.

The park surrounding the lake is named after Albert "Buddy" Attick who helped to build Greenbelt and then became a lifelong employee of the city, serving as Director of Public Works for 23 years.
 
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Winter View of Greenbelt Lake image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
2. Winter View of Greenbelt Lake
Greenbelt Museum.
 
Location. 39° 0.233′ N, 76° 53.41′ W. Marker is in Greenbelt, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Crescent Road east of Kenilworth Avenue (Maryland Route 201). Click for map. Marker is in Buddy Attick Park near the parking lot towards the lake. Marker is in this post office area: Greenbelt MD 20770, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Preaching Place (approx. 0.3 miles away); Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); Toaping Castle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Eleanor Roosevelt (approx. 0.7 miles away); Community Center (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenbelt.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Entrance to the Park on Crescent Road image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
3. Entrance to the Park on Crescent Road
Memorial to Buddy Attick image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
4. Memorial to Buddy Attick
Winter at Buddy Attick Park and Greenbelt Lake image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
5. Winter at Buddy Attick Park and Greenbelt Lake
Winter at Buddy Attick Park and Greenbelt Lake image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
6. Winter at Buddy Attick Park and Greenbelt Lake
What is a Watershed? image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
7. What is a Watershed?
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What is a Wetland? image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
8. What is a Wetland?
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Wildlife image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, February 18, 2006
9. Wildlife
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,441 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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