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

Greenbelt Park

 
 
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By F. Robby, September 10, 2013
1. Greenbelt Park Marker
Inscription. This is a place of contrast. Once this land was covered with virgin forest, then it was farmland, and then a proposed housing development. Now it is an alluring refuge within an ever-growing sea of development. Here you can find wilderness, wildlife, and solitude—only twelve miles from downtown Washington.

In 1875, this land was denuded; farmhouses, fencelines, and dirt paths crisscrossed the landscape. Tobacco, corn, and grain grew where now maples and elms tower. A few hints of that era survive, but this is now a land dominated by nature. The trees, underbrush, and wildlife here collectively tell the story of nature’s recovery. They repeatedly tell us: when left alone, nature will heal itself.

[text with image lower left] The 174-site campground is open year-round. It is the closest campground to downtown Washington.

[text with image lower middle] Greenbelt Park has become an urban oasis. Over the past 60 years, the population of the surrounding land has grown from about 3,000 to more than 20,000.

[text with image lower right] The park is a refuge for both people and wildlife. Park staff and volunteers work at reforestation, wildlife management, improving water quality, and bringing greater awareness to visitors.

[text with map on right] The park includes a campground, three
Greenbelt Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, September 10, 2013
2. Greenbelt Park Marker
Closeup on marker's map.
picnic areas, and nature and bridle trails. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway links the park with downtown Washington, twelve miles south.

Dedicated in 1954, the parkway (a unit of the National Park Service) is the historic gateway to the Nation’s Capital for visitors arriving from the eastern seaboard.


 
Erected by National Parks Service.
 
Location. 38° 59.632′ N, 76° 53.683′ W. Marker is in Greenbelt, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Greenbelt Road (Maryland Route 193) 0.7 miles west of Southway, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Greenbelt Park, inside the park's center loop. Marker is in this post office area: Greenbelt MD 20770, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greenbelt: A Bold Experiment (here, next to this marker); Time of Horror (here, next to this marker); Toaping Castle (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Greenbelt Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Greenbelt Lake (approx. ¾ mile away); Carrington Avenue (approx. ¾ mile away); Greenbelt Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away); Greenbelt (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenbelt.
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
Greenbelt Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, September 10, 2013
3. Greenbelt Park Marker
Greenbelt Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, September 10, 2013
4. Greenbelt Park Marker
Marker is grouped with a couple other markers near the rest area inside the center loop.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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