College Park Woods Connector Trail

Project Background/Description

The College Park Woods Connector is a half-mile connector across the University of Maryland land between the neighborhood of College Park Woods and the Paint Branch Trail. This trail project will link a residential community in the City of College Park with the University of Maryland campus and the Anacostia Tributaries Trail System. It will increase bicycle safety by providing a car-free bicycling and walking alternative to busy Metzerott Road and an at-grade crossing of University Boulevard.

The project scope includes easements across public institutions and private property, a boardwalk across wetlands, wayfinding signs, and advanced-practice shared roadway markings.

Status/Project Updates

Last Updated August 2020.

Currently, the project is in Construction. 

The West Trail is roughly 95% complete. The split rail fence is being installed and the depressed curb has to be installed. 

The Boardwalk is about 97% complete. Railings need to be stained and abutment railings need to be installed after the paving of the East Trail. 

The East Trail is 60% complete. 

A summary of completed and anticipated project milestones is as follows:

  • Contractor Mobilization (Complete)
  • Erosion and sediment control features (Complete)
  • Phase 1 Clearing (Complete) 
  • Phase 1 Construction (Underway)
  • Phase 2 Clearing, prep for soil borings and GeoTech analysis (Complete)
  • Phase 2 Construction (Underway)

Actual dates for the completion of the milestones are subject to change. 

The anticipated project completion is early fall 2020. 

Project Contact 

Jordan Exantus, Northern Area Park Planner, 301-952-3571

Robert Patten, Trail Program Manager, 301-699-2522