“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Origins of Lake Artemesia

Origins of Lake Artemesia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 17, 2018
1. Origins of Lake Artemesia Marker
In 1890, the land we know today as the Lake Artemesia Natural Area, did not have a large lake, but included several small natural ponds that were used to raise goldfish. Artemesia N. Dref inherited the land from her father, and in 1972, she donated six acres to The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

Lake Artemesia was created in the late 1980s, when Washington rail developers removed thousands of cubic yards of soil and gravel to construct the base for the Metro Green Line, which now runs along the park's western boundary. In exchange for use of the gravel and soil, Washington Metro Area Transport Authority (WMATA) planners worked with M-NCPPC to create a master plan for Lake Artemesia Park which consists of a 33-acre lake, a 1.4-mile circuit hike around the perimeter of the lake, restroom facilities, fishing piers and natural landscaped habitats.

The project benefited not only M-NCPPC and WMATA, but also offers long-term benefits to the surrounding community and environment. People come to Lake Artemesia Natural Area to enjoy the outdoors, exercise, fish, bird-watch and observe the wildlife. The park helps reduce gasoline emissions by connecting several hiking, biking and equestrian trails and communities, allowing many people to safely commute to work on bike, or take a walk to
Origins of Lake Artemesia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 17, 2018
2. Origins of Lake Artemesia Marker
visit a friend instead of using their automobiles.

In addition, the lake itself is a wetland, an important natural filter. Wetlands are a natural nursery for diverse wildlife because they provide plenty of food and shelter. Lake Artemesia has become home to a variety of waterfowl, amphibians, songbirds, fish, insects and mammals.
Location. 38° 59.37′ N, 76° 55.273′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from 55th Avenue south of Berwyn Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. On the grounds of Artemesia Lake Park. Marker is in this post office area: College Park MD 20740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Luther Goldman Birding Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dervey Augusta Lomax (about 600 feet away); Town of Berwyn Heights (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lakeland at the Beginning (approx. 0.3 miles away); Family, Church and Community in Lakeland (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charlton Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Airmail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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