David C. Driskell Community Park
Hyattsville's largest park, David C. Driskell Community Park is located at 40th Avenue and Hamilton Street and covers 32 acres. Park amenities include a recreation center, playground, playing fields, combination tennis & pickleball courts, pavilions, and walking & biking paths.
The park was renamed in 2021 to honor former Hyattsville resident David C. Driskell. Learn more about the park's renaming below.
Driskell Park Master Plan
In 2018 the City, in partnership with the Neighborhood Design Center and Bradley Site Design held an engagement process for the future of Driskell Park that included community conversations, surveys, onsite observations, and a community visioning workshop.
The design principles developed from that process are:
- Create a welcoming space for all
- Design with teens in mind
- Design with and for the natural environment
- Create safe entry points and paths for people walking running, riding bikes, and driving cars
These principles resulted in a Design Concept for the park.
Following City Council's renaming of the park after influential artist and historian David C. Driskell in 2021, the City of Hyattsville decided to revisit the initial Concept design, with an eye toward understanding how Driskell’s art and legacy might be integrated into the final design. This process resulted in the following themes:
- A place for discovery and creativity
- A place where everyone belongs
- A place for contemplation in nature
- A place where everything has value
- A place where barriers are broken
Now, we’re looking to learn from park users like you how you’d like the park to look and feel! Your feedback will inform a refined park design.
Take our survey at HelloHyattsville.com by January 5!
Renaming of Driskell Park
City Council passed a resolution in June 2021 to rename the now former William Pinkney Magruder park as David C. Driskell Community Park. The initiative to rename the park was set in motion after a discovery that the original 1927 park deed contained racist and restrictive language. The deed was updated to strike that language and a new park name was chosen using over 800 suggestions from the Hyattsville community.
The park's new name honors former Hyattsville resident David C. Driskell, a preeminent artist, historian, curator, and scholar 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 and have been hung at the White House. Mr. Driskell passed away in April 2020 from COVID-19.
You can learn more about the renaming process through the press releases below -
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.
On October 8, 2022, the City hosted a day-long celebration to formally dedicate the park as David C. Driskell Community Park. The day's events included a panel discussion on the life and legacy of David C. Driskell, an outdoor art gallery, nature walks, community art activities, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The outdoor gallery, wish trees, and weaving looms created for the event are still up for public viewing.