Much of the life in College Park revolves around the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). This public research university is the town's largest employer and nearly half of the city's population is comprised of UMCP students. Due to the close proximity to Washington, D.C., UMCP has strong research partnerships with the federal government, providing students great opportunities with agencies such as NASA and the Department of Homeland Security. Overall, with its over 35,000 students per semester and 1,250-acre campus in the heart of the city, UMCP has largely become synonymous with the city of College Park.
Calvert Hills Histori
Part of College Park is located within the well-known Calvert Hills Historic District. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2002, this district is mostly comprised of middle class single-family homes that were developed in the early 20th century by the Calvert Family. The land was originally rural property that belonged to the of the Rossborough Farm and Riversdale Plantation, each of which the family owned. As Washington, D.C. grew, however, so did the need residential development. So from the 1890s through the 1940s, Calvert Hills filled in with the Colonial Revival-style houses that still stand today.
The World's Oldest Co
First established in 1909 when Wilbur Wright came to train two military officers to fly the government's first airplane, the College Park Airport is now the world's oldest continuously operated airport. This airport is the sight of many of the world's firsts in aviation. For example, the first mile-high flight powered by military aircraft took place here. For aviation history buffs that want to know even more, there is a College Park Aviation Museum located on the grounds. The College Park Airport continues to be an operational airport with planes flying in and out daily.