In 2019 the Hyattsville City Council began the process of removing offensive and segregationist language from the original deed for Hyattsville’s Magruder Park. The park will be officially renamed in 2021 to reflect its current use as a welcome gathering place for all.
Thank you for your input!
The City Council is looking for a new name for the park that is inviting, inclusive, and unifying. Input was solicited from the community through an online survey, mail-in postcards, a phone line, and a suggestion box in Magruder Park. The City received over 830 suggestions by the November 15, 2020 deadline! You can view all submissions received by the deadline here.
All submissions were reviewed by the City’s Race and Equity Task Force and Health, Wellness, and Recreation Advisory Committee. The top name options were presented to City Council for consideration at the March 15, 2021 Council Meeting. The names under consideration are (in alphabetical order):
David C. Driskell Community Park
Gateway Community Park
Nacotchtank Community Park
Unity Community Park
The combined committees also recommended a Native American Land Acknowledgement as part of the name change.
The full memo presented to Council is available here.
City Council will host a virtual public hearing on April 5, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to receive community member input on the suggested park names. The link to attend can be found on the City calendar. Comments may be submitted in advance by emailing email@example.com.