About University Park
History & Location
Incorporated in 1936, University Park is a small, picturesque community of 923 single-family homes with 2300 residents, situated along the Route 1 corridor of northwestern Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Only two miles east of the nation’s capital, with easy access to the Capital Beltway and two Metro stations, University Park provides an attractive location for commuters. It is also adjacent to the University of Maryland.
Amenities & Events
University Park provides a “small town” atmosphere with urban convenience and amenities.
Through local organizations, residents participate in many town-wide events, which build a strong sense of community, such as the Annual Azalea Classic - which consists of a 5K Run / Walk, 1 mile Challenge Run, and the Val Creighton Memorial 1K Family Fun Run. Tree-lined, quiet streets, a large wooded park, and well-tended lawns reflect the residents' pride in their community.
Listed for the second time by Washingtonian Magazine as one of "The Best Places To Live in Prince George's County," the Town has traditionally attracted many professionals working for the University of Maryland, the public sector, and private business.
Government, Services & Preservation
The Town has its own municipal government and provides police and sanitation services. A large wooded park, tennis courts, and playing fields are all maintained by the Town. University Park Elementary School is a special point of pride for the residents.
All of University Park has been listed on the National Register of Historic Districts. The historic district is significant as a large and essentially intact example of an early twentieth century, middle class, automobile suburb. It is one of the first in Prince George’s County designed specifically to accommodate automobiles as indicated by free-standing garages, usually placed toward the rear of the houses.
The words of a 1924 advertisement for the University Park County development ring true today, “…all the modern conveniences will be enjoyed in the perfect environment of gorgeous woodland, out of the whirl and bustle of Washington - and yet a scant thirty minutes from the city’s center.”
Read more about the University Park Historic District on Maryland's National Register of Properties.