David C. Driskell Community Park
Please join us for the David C. Driskell Community Park Dedication Ceremony!
NEW DATE! Rescheduled due to inclement weather
Saturday, October 8, 2 - 7 PM
3911 Hamilton Street
All members of the Hyattsville community are invited to help celebrate the Park's renaming and honor the park's new namesake, David Driskell.
Schedule of Events - Subject to Change
The Hamilton Splash Park parking lot at 3901 Hamilton Street will be available for public parking during the event. Biking and walking to the park are encouraged where possible! Please note that for the safety of visitors, the main entrance to the park will be closed to drivers.
Overflow parking with shuttle service to Driskell Park will be available at:
- 38th Avenue Fitness Park, 5004 38th Street - there is also walking or biking access to Driskell Park from this location via the Northwestern Branch trail. It is approximately a 10 minute walk on a mostly flat, paved trail.
- City Building, 4310 Gallatin Street
- Heurich Park, 2900 Nicholson Street
|Family Friendly Activities - All Day!||Description|
|Wish Trees||Meant as a healing activity, write your thoughts on a ribbon and tie it to a designated tree for public display.|
|Bottle Trees||Stemming from Yoruba traditions, help re-create an artistic staple of the Driskell family front yard using glass bottles on a tree structure.|
|Weaving Looms||Using natural materials, help weave a permanent community tapestry - little looms will also be available for little hands! Thanks to our partners at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center for their support of this activity.|
|Children's Art Activity||Children friendly art projects inspired by the life and works of David Driskell. Thanks to our partners at Art Works Now for their support of this activity.|
|Community Chalkboard||Share your thoughts about the renaming of the park and the legacy of David Driskell|
|Outdoor Art Gallery||See the works of David Driskell on a large scale! Tour the gallery on your own or attend tours hosted by experts at 2:30 or 5:00 p.m. Tours will depart from the tent at the back of the Driskell Park fields.|
|Nature Walks||Much of David Driskell's art was inspired by nature. Take a walk through the Driskell Park woods to find your own inspiration in our local landscape! Walks will depart from the tent at the back of the Driskell Park fields at 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.|
Panel Discussion: The Life & Works of David Driskell
Join us in the celebration tent from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. to learn more about the park's renaming and its namesake, longtime Hyattsville resident and internationally renown artist David C. Driskell. This panel discussion will feature community leaders, art historians, and colleagues of David Driskell.
Mayor Robert Croslin
Daviryne Driskell-McNeill - David C. Driskell's daughter and Hyattsville resident
Adrienne Childs - Adjunct curator at The Phillips Collection and former curator at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland
Julie McGee - Art historian with specialties in African American art and contemporary African art. She has guest curated a traveling exhibition that honors David Driskell and authored the accompanying book, DAVID DRISKELL: ICONS OF NATURE AND HISTORY.
Moderator: Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth - Former Hyattsville Mayor, 2015 - 2020. She is currently the co-founder of Our Black Party, a national organization to fortify a change-making relationship between the Black community and the political system.
Community Paint Project
In preparation for the Dedication Ceremony, community volunteers helped us turn Driskell Park into a giant art project by painting the Park's entrance road!
To protect the painting, the Driskell Park entrance road is closed to traffic until October 9. Drivers can access the park and parking lots through the Hamilton Splash Park entrance, 3901 Hamilton Street.
More about the Renaming Process
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. The dedication celebration on October 1 aims to educate community members about the significance of his life and legacy in Hyattsville and beyond. 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.