Renaming of David C. Driskell Community Park
A New Name for Hyattsville's Park
In 2019 Hyattsville's City Council began the process of removing offensive and segregationist language from the original deed for Hyattsville’s Magruder Park. In conjunction with this process, new names for the park were solicited from the community to better reflect its current use as a welcome gathering place for all.
Suggestions were collected through an online survey, mail-in postcards, a phone line, and a suggestion box in the Park. The City received over 830 suggestions by the November 15, 2020 deadline! You can view all submissions received 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 full memo presented to Council is available here. A public hearing was held on April 5, 2021 to hear feedback from the community on the proposed list of names.
David C. Driskell Community Park
City Council passed a resolution at the June 7, 2021 Council Meeting to rename the park as David C. Driskell Community Park! This new name honors former Hyattsville resident Dr. David C. Driskell, a preeminent artist, historian, curator, and scholar of African American art.
Dr. Driskell was a respected advocate for the visibility, inclusion, and preservation of African American art. He was a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Maryland and his artworks are displayed in museums across the country. Dr. Driskell passed away in April 2020 from COVID-19.
The renaming is contingent upon the state’s official recording of a quit claim deed filed by the City in 2020. In the coming months the City will begin producing informational park signage with details on Dr. Driskell’s life and an overview of the renaming process. A ribbon cutting will take place once the deed is resolved, currently anticipated for the fall of 2021.
Read the May 4, 2021 press release about the motion to rename the park after Dr. David C. Driskell.
Read the June 7, 2021 press release about the resolution to legally change the park name to David C. Driskell Community Park
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