Greater College Park is booming. Nearly 20 projects, including The Hotel at the University of Maryland, four new academic buildings and new downtown amenities, including MilkBoy ArtHouse, are under way. The boom — called Greater College Park — is the result of cooperative work between the city, Prince George’s County, the state, private developers and the university. Greater College Park links dynamic academic buildings, a public-private research hub and a vibrant downtown community. The progress is the realization of the University District Vision, a collaborative effort spearheaded by the College Park City-University Partnership that also features sustainability, transportation, schools and safety.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is building the future of the arts by educating, training and presenting the next generation of artists and creative innovators. Unique among performing arts centers, The Clarice breaks through traditional boundaries in art-making and audience development through creative-based partnerships that nurture and sustain artists and the creative radius of communities surrounding the University of Maryland. The Clarice’s artistic partners are the School of Music, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Artist Partner Program, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and The DeVos Institute of Arts Management.
MilkBoy began life in 1994 in North Philadelphia as MilkBoy Recording Studio and in 2010, opened a full-service bar and restaurant with a second-floor music venue/private event space in Center City, Philadelphia. MilkBoy Philly has been a beacon of light in what has otherwise been a challenged neighborhood for new and old businesses. It has been credited as being a pioneer and helping to ignite the new retail and housing development projects that are currently in progress on the same block. MilkBoy Philly is the brainchild of music industry’s Tommy Joyner and Jamie Lokoff of MilkBoy Recording Studio and food and beverage veteran Bill Hanson.
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland. The University creates and applies knowledge, nourishing a climate of intellectual growth and providing outstanding instruction in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. As a land-grant institution, the University shares its research, educational, cultural and technological strengths with the Maryland citizenry and other constituencies. Its collaborations with state, federal, local, private and non-profit partners promote economic development and improve quality of life.
The City of College Park
The City of College Park is a vibrant and prosperous top 20 college town, which has established collaborative relationships with the residents, the University, businesses, non-profit sector and other governments that benefit the entire community. The City is known for distinctive and connected neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts, cultural amenities, attractive green space and streetscapes, convenient transportation systems serving all users and a strong sense of community pride.