Greenbelt

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Greenbelt is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Understand[edit]

Contained within today's City of Greenbelt is the historic planned community now known locally as "Old Greenbelt" and designated as the Greenbelt Historic District. The historic district was built during the New Deal era in 1937 and much of the original housing is now owned collectively as a cooperative. The architecture is in the Art Deco style. Greenbelt's residents take the city's history of cooperation and volunteerism seriously; as a result they organize a variety of festivals, events, performing and visual arts.

Currently the City includes three areas: Old Greenbelt is the historic area between Greenbelt Road, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Kenilworth Avenue and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Greenbelt West includes the Beltway Plaza strip mall and the Franklin Park rental housing complex. Greenbelt East is a collection of 1990s developments and the Greenway Center. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is within the City limits.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI) is 25 minutes north on the B-W Parkway. There is an express bus from BWI to the Greenbelt Metro Station.
  • Washington Reagan National Airport (IATA: DCA) is 30 minutes south via the B-W Parkway (but through Washington, D.C.). The Metro can be taken from DCA to the Greenbelt station.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) is 40 miles west in Virginia. By car, take the Dulles access road to the Washington Beltway (495) north to exit 23. Take a bus from IAD to a Metro station and then connect to the Greenbelt station.

Ground transportation is available via The Airport Shuttle [1].

By train[edit]

Metro rail trains run to the Greenbelt Station on the Green Line. MTA's MARC commuter trains between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. stop in Greenbelt on the Camden line. [2] MARC Camden line trains also stop at BWI Airport.

By bus[edit]

Metrobus service to Greenbelt is available. University of Maryland shuttle buses serve Greenbelt.

The Bolt Bus offers service from New York City to the Greenbelt Metro Station [3].

By car[edit]

Take exit 23 from the Washington Beltway (95/495) onto Kenilworth Avenue. Go briefly south and turn onto 193 or briefly north and turn right onto Crescent Road.

By bike[edit]

The American Discovery Trail [4] goes through Greenbelt Park, past Buddy Attick Park and north into the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

Get around[edit]

Route 193 runs the long way through Greenbelt, connecting the 3 main sections of the city. To get to Roosevelt Center in Old Greenbelt from 193, head north on Southway to its end and park in the large parking lot.

Metrobus connects the Greenbelt Metro Station, the Beltway Plaza, Crescent Road in Old Greenbelt (Roosevelt Center), the Greenway Center, Cipriano Square, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and on to the New Carrollton Metro Station.

Old Greenbelt is very walkable with a network of walking paths separate from the roads.

See[edit]

  • NASA/Goddard Visitor CenterExplorer Drive, Greenbelt, (Off Route 193) +1 301 286-9041fax: +1 301 286-1781, e-mail: . 9AM-5PM, Tu-F, noon-4PM Sa, Su. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. NASA's premier center for unmanned scientific space exploration is the Goddard Space Flight Center. It's small Visitor Center features many exhibits to excite tomorrow's inter-planetary researchers. The Visitor Center is accessible from ICESat Rd., not from the Center's main gate. Free.
  • The Greenbelt Museum10B Crescent Road +1 301 507-6582. Open every Sunday from 1-5pm for tours. Small, but unique museum that chronicles the city's birth as a Roosevelt "New Deal" planned community. One of the original 1937 houses, furnished and maintained as it was when new. $3.00 General Admission, $2.00 Adults 55 and older, $1.00 Children under 12.

Do[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

  • Greenbelt Park6565 Greenbelt Road. Open year round; day use is dawn to dusk. An oasis of forest on the inside of the Capital Beltway at the B-W Parkway. Operated by the National Park Service, Greenbelt Park is one of the best camping opportunities near Washington DC. There is a walking path from the campground through the woods that leads to the College Park Metro station about a half mile away. The path is hard to find so ask a Ranger for directions. The park is also excellent for picnics in one of the three picnic areas, bicycling, roller blading, and nature walks on 9 miles of trails. Free admission; $16+ fee to camp.
  • Buddy Attick Park is a small park and lake operated by the city of Greenbelt, on Crescent Road at Kenilworth Ave. The park includes large playground and several picnic areas. Watch for birds, reptiles and water mammals while hiking the trail that circles the small, man-made lake.
  • Playgrounds. There are playgrounds throughout the City, including at Greenbelt Park, Buddy Attick Park, Schrom Hills Park, and across Crescent Road from the library near the City Center. With all of the playgrounds, Greenbelt has been designated as a “Playful City USA.”[5]

Sports[edit]

  • Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center101 Centerway (near Roosevelt Center),  +1 301 397-2204. An indoor pool, an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a variety of aerobic and weight-lifting machines. It is the oldest public pool in Maryland and is open daily year round. On summer weekends, entry is limited to Greenbelt residents and passholders, but a day pass can be purchased at all other times.
  • Greenbelt Skateboard Park (Between the Youth Center and the Community Center). Free.
  • Prince Georges County Trap and Skeet Center10400 Good Luck Road, Glen Dale (East on Greenbelt Road, about 1 mile past NASA, turn left on Good Luck Road. The Shooting Center is on your left.),  +1 301 577-7178. F-M 10AM-5PM, Tu-Th 10AM-8:30PM. Offers a full-range of shotgun sports activities, including Sporting Clays, competitive league shooting, and introductory and advanced lessons. Operated by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
  • Washington Birthday Marathon101 Centerway. Greenbelt hosts the eighth-oldest marathon in North America, held each year since 1961. The race starts and finishes in Old Greenbelt and is run on the USDA Research Farm. $45.

Performing Arts[edit]

  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School. The school has large and active drama and music departments. They put on a musical play in early December and the 4 bands, 3 orchestras , 4 choirs and student-run small groups perform throughout the school year. The shows and concerts are very high quality for High School productions.

Visual Arts[edit]

There are displays of art by local artists at the New Deal Cafe, in the lobby of the Greenbelt Arts Center, in the Community Center and in the Greenbelt Aquatic and Fitness Center.

The City's Recreation Department has an Artist in Residence program at the Community Center. There is a studio open house on the first Sunday of each month.

  • Artful Afternoon (Greenbelt Community Center). First Sunday of every month, 1-4pm. Kids do a craft from 1-3pm followed by a performance. Free.

Festivals[edit]

  • Kale-A-Rama Vegan FestivalRoosevelt Center. A Saturday in April (April 20, 2013) 11am to 5pm. Yummy Kale recipes are featured in a celebration of Vegan and healthy living. Features music, vendors, demonstrations and more. Free admission.
  • Greenbelt Mini-Maker FaireRoosevelt Center. A Saturday in Spring (April 5, 2014). A celebration of make-it-yourself. Free admission.
  • Green Man FestivalRoosevelt Center. A weekend in May (May 10-11, 2014). A music festival and craft fair. Free admission.
  • Crazy Quilt Music FestivalRoosevelt Center. A weekend in late spring (June 14, 2014). An eclectic "crazy quilt" mix of musical styles. Free admission.
  • Greenbelt DayCommunity Center and Greenbelt parks. First weekend in June (May 30 - June 1, 2014). A civic festival put on by the City's Recreation department. Various activities, including arts, music and sports. Free admission.
  • Blues FestivalRoosevelt Center. A Saturday in summer (September 13, 2014). Free admission.
  • Greenbelt Labor Day FestivalGreenbelt City Center (park at Eleanor Roosevelt High School and ride the shuttle bus). Labor Day Weekend, September (Aug 29 - Sept 1, 2014). The highlight of the City’s year, the festival has been held every year since 1955 over Labor Day Weekend (first weekend in September.) Greenbelt’s Outstanding Citizen is selected during the opening ceremony on Friday and he or she leads the Monday morning parade. It is the largest festival of its kind in Maryland with more than 10,000 people attending each year. There is live music all weekend on the outdoor stage, along with the Miss Greenbelt Scholarship Pageant. Greg May performs as a wandering clown on the festival grounds. Inside the Community Center look for the art and photo shows or watch the teenage bands on the indoor stage. Buy food or other items at the booths, and stock up on books for the year at the giant used books sale featuring more than 25,000 books. Try your luck at bingo. Learn about local organizations at the information day tables in Roosevelt Center. Ride the rides or shop at the Sunday craft fair. Free admission.
  • Teenage Halloween Music FestivalRoosevelt Center. A Saturday near Halloween (November 1, 2014). A music festival featuring teenage bands. Free admission.
  • The Festival of LightsCommunity Center. First weekend in December (December 6-7, 2014). A craft fair featuring hand-made and original arts and crafts for sale by local artists. Free admission.

Buy[edit]

Shop at the Festivals: Hand-made art and crafts at the Festival of Lights, the Green Man Festival and the Harvest Festival. Used books at the Labor Day Festival.

  • Beltway Plaza6000 Greenbelt Road. A large indoor-outdoor strip mall. Anchored by Target and a Giant Supermarket, there are a variety of quaint ethnic shops and restaurants inside.
  • Greenway Center7575 Greenbelt Road. A strip mall anchored by a Safeway Supermarket.
  • Cipriano Square8840 Greenbelt Road (Across from NASA-Goddard). A strip mall anchored by a K-mart.

Eat[edit]

  • Beijing of Greenbelt131 Centerway (Roosevelt Center),  +1 301 345-3996. Chinese restaurant. Full bar featuring exotic tropical and Asian cocktails. Sunday lunch buffet.
  • Generous Joe's107 Centerway (Roosevelt Center),  +1 301 474-4998. Pizza, pasta and deli sandwiches. “The fill your belly deli.” Eat in, take out or phone for local delivery.
  • Hunan Treasure7537 Greenbelt Road (Greenway Center),  +1 301 982-2012. Chinese restaurant, eat in or take out.
  • Pollo Cabana7423 Greenbelt Road (Greenway Center),  +1 301 474-0434. Slow-cooked charcoal rotisserie-style Peruvian chicken. Gourmet taste at a fast-food price. Also has wraps and salads.
  • Three Brothers Pizza6160 Greenbelt Road +1 301 474-5330. If you had an Italian mama from New York coming to visit, this is the pizza she'd want! Part of a Maryland chain.

Drink[edit]

  • The New Deal Cafe113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center),  +1 301 474-5642. Live music daily with a wide range of styles: jazz, folk, alternative, blues and rock. In 2012, the New Deal Cafe was voted the best local music venue in the Washington DC area by listeners of WTOP radio.[6] Known as "The community's living room," on some nights the audience takes the stage at the singer-songwriter open mic, the poetry open mic, the Cajun music jam session and others. Don’t miss the future superstars at the popular monthly kid’s open mic. The monthly Reel and Meal has a documentary film and discussion with optional vegetarian buffet. The Cafe features Lebanese food by Chef Karim; save room for Maria's desserts. Craft beers on tap and a selection of wine. Local artwork hanging on the walls is changed monthly. Free wifi. No cover charge; musicians are paid by tips.
  • Jaspers7401 Greenbelt Rd. (In Greenway Center at the B-W Parkway),  +1 301-441-8030. Popular happy-hour and weekend evening spot features occasional live music.
  • Chevy's7511 Greenbelt Road (Greenway Center),  +1 301 220-0078. Great margaritas in a chain Mexican restaurant. Happy hour until 8pm.
  • Ruby Tuesday8811 Greenbelt Road (Cipriano Square, across from Goddard),  +1 301 552-0100. A popular place to hang-out after meetings at NASA.

Sleep[edit]

  • Hilton Garden Inn7810 Walker Drive (Off Greenbelt Rd. near Greenbelt Park and Capitol Cadillac),  +1 301 474-7400. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Modern, mid-range business-oriented hotel. 155 rooms, 6 stories.
  • Holiday Inn Greenbelt7200 Hanover Dr. (Behind the Greenway Center, off Greenbelt Rd. near B-W Parkway),  +1 301 982-7000. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Modern full-service hotel built in the early 1980s. Popular choice for NASA contractors. 7 stories, 125 rooms.
  • Camping at the Greenbelt Park6565 Greenbelt Road. 174 campsites; open year round. Reservations are for Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend only; off-season is first-come first-served, but never fills up. Camping fee is $16, or $8 with a National Parks pass.

Cope[edit]

The Greenbelt News Review [7] is a free on-line weekly newspaper that includes listings of events and activities.

Greenbelt Live [8] is a blog with a weekly list of what's happening in town.

Go next[edit]

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