The City of College Park is in Prince Georges County, Maryland. The population was 30,413 at the 2010 United States Census, College Parks United States Postal Service ZIP Codes are 20740,20741 and 20742. College Park was developed beginning in 1889 near the Maryland Agricultural College, the suburb was incorporated in 1945 and included the subdivisions of College Park, Lakeland, Berwyn, Oak Spring, Branchville, Daniels Park, and Hollywood. The original College Park subdivision was first plotted in 1872 by Eugene Campbell, the area remained undeveloped and was re-platted in 1889 by John O. Johnson and Samuel Curriden, Washington real estate developers. The original 125-acre tract was divided into a pattern with long, narrow building lots. College Park developed rapidly, catering to those who were seeking to escape the crowded Washington, D. C. as well as to a rapidly expanding staff of college faculty and employees. College Park originally included single-family residences constructed in the Shingle, Queen Anne, commercial development increased in the 1920s, aided by the increased automobile traffic and the growing campus along Baltimore Avenue / Route 1. By the late 1930s, most of the subdivision had been partially developed. Several fraternities and sororities from the University of Maryland built houses in the neighborhood, after World War II, construction consisted mostly of infill of ranch and split-level houses. After incorporation in 1945, the city continued to grow and build a center in 1959. Lakeland was created by Edwin Newman, who improved the original 238 acres located to the west of the railroad and he also built a number of the original homes, a small town hall, and a general store. The area was envisioned as a resort-type community. However, due to the flood-prone, low-lying topography, the neighborhood attracted a lower-income population became an area for African-American settlement, around 1900, the Baltimore Gold Fish Company built five artificial lakes in the area to spawn goldfish and rare species of fish. A one-room school was built in 1903 for the African-American population, the Berwyn neighborhood was developed beginning about 1885 adjacent to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It was created by Francis Shannabrook, a Pennsylvanian who purchased a tract of land between Baltimore Avenue and the railroad tracks. Shannabrook established a depot, built a general store. The neighborhood began to grow after 1900 when the City and Suburban Electric Railway entered the area, by 1925 there were approximately 100 single-family homes, mostly two-story, wood-frame buildings. The community housing continued to develop in the 1930s and 1940s with one story bungalows, capes, and Victorians, the Daniels Park neighborhood was developed beginning in 1905 on the east and west sides of the City and Suburban Electric Railway in north College Park
Downtown College Park
Image produced at the Student Design Charrette for a new College Park.