Community Newsletter
      Edmonston Road Rain Garden Perspective, Designed by University of Maryland Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Students
UMD Students Design 
Edmonston Road Rain Garden
In what seems like perfect harmony of vision and pubic partnership, the research University of Maryland and The County Department of Pubic Works and Transportation have teamed up  together to  realize a sustainable rain garden at the corner of Edmonston Road and Kennilworth Avenue in Riverdale. This project masterfully utilizes the expertise and knowledge of student and professor resources at the University of Maryland and couples it with  county knowledge and financial and material resources at the DPW& T, bringing forth a community-led project.

CKAR first approached UMD Landscape Architecture Professor, Dennis Nola, about the need to beautify the area and make it safe.  Professor Nola deeply understands the benefits of University Extension Activities in the community and was quickly able to envision the role of his landscape architecture graduate students in this project. His students, Mark Dennis, Dylan Reilly and Vince Yi began working in the studio and collaboratively worked with DPW & T to design a lovely rain garden that will not only serve as a welcoming and clean entrance to the community, but will address the storm water run off problems in the area and educate citizens about sustainability concepts. Please visit the following page to read more about garden features from the students' perspectives. READ MORE HERE! Please look for changes in the area late summer/early fall.
Greater Riverdale is Now a 
Sustainable Community!

Last Fall/Winter, CKAR CDC reached out to the Greater Riverdale Community, organizing two Sustainable Communities (SC) Workshops, to collaborate with M-NCPPC/Planning to develop the application. CKAR identified the community stakeholders, Prince George's County identified representatives to attend from various County departments; the Town of Riverdale Park and the East Pines Civic Association hosted the meetings; and M-NCPPC Planning Staff prepared a draft application for stakeholder review - truly a public/private partnership.  M-NCPPC worked diligently to meet the MD DHCD deadline for application and made a timely submission. 

Maryland's Sustainable Communities are designated areas across the state where governments, organizations, citizens and businesses may coordinate to achieve the goals outlined in the SC Application. CKAR will work strenuously to promote these goals by bringing together the needed citizenry, government, industry, and business parts to complete these projects one by one.  


Please CLICK HERE to read more in the Community Review; the official blog of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. See what's possible and please call CKAR to get involved!        


CKAR and CASA de Maryland Collaborate in $115,000 County Grant for Empowerment Center and Workforce Development           



This Summer CKAR and CASA de Maryland will partner to provide outreach to day laborers, community residents and businesses for the creation of the Riverdale Empowerment Center. CASA will hire an organizer to work with the day-laborer population and CKAR will work with potential employers and Prince George's Community College to develop workforce-training programs and access to real jobs.


This effort is the first stage for implementing a comprehensive employment program located in the community that will embrace the needs of our day-laborer immigrant population and the workforce training needs for all of our greater Riverdale population. This funding is in addition to a $250,000 Maryland State Bond Bill grant spearheaded by our 22nd District legislative team. These efforts are a result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by CKAR and CASA March 2014 to organize and implement this workforce initiative.


While matching the day laborers with employers is the central concept for this effort, this community led Empowerment Center will go beyond this basic service to also reflect programming and services that are best suited for and needed by our community as a whole. CKAR understands that when unemployment affects mom and dad, it also affects our community's children. It also affects our community's social fabric and economy. In the same way CKAR envisions better sidewalk and bike pathway connectivity for our community, it also envisions better social and civic connectivity.


CKAR is very excited to be working with CASA in these outreach activities that will lead to partnerships with employers willing to invest in Riverdale's unemployed and underemployed residents.  

Greenvale Creek Restoration on Earth Day, April 2015 !


CKAR and its partners had 30+ volunteers on Earth Day and had a fantastic clean-up during the event collecting 26 recyclable bags, 21 trash bags, a mattress, tire, metal, and other miscellaneous items. The Department of Environment provided three staff whom worked tirelessly to assist with the project, including getting inside the creek to remove litter and trash.  CKAR is most proud of the youth from St. Bernard's Educational Ministry that participated, along with some of the parents.   The youth were extremely dedicated and committed to the task of cleaning up along the Creek.  They took their task so serious that several went above and beyond and cleaned the entire area beside the Browning Grove Park.  They truly exemplified a great attitude with the spirit of giving in a beneficial manner!!   Kudos to our wonderful youth!  They each will receive community service hours and we will provide a certificate of appreciation!


With this effort, CKAR, along with its partners, Anacostia Watershed, Dept. of Environment, Dept. of Public Works & Transportation and, St. Bernard's Catholic Church began the restoration and clean-up effort of Greenvale Creek, located at 58th Ave. & Riverdale Road (adjacent to St. Bernard's Catholic Church) and, extending to Carters Lane and Greenvale Parkway.  Greenvale Creek has much significance, as it serves as the crossover with three small bridges that allow our children from the East Pines community to walk daily to Templeton Elementary School.  It is also used by residents for local transportation as well as shopping in the immediate and neighboring areas. CKAR's 1st Vice President and Professor in the Plant Sciences and Agriculture Department at the University of Maryland, Dennis Nola, has been instrumental in assisting this long-term effort by utilizing his students to develop plans and designs for community involvement, landscape improvements, rain barrels, etc. for this area.                                                                                                                                    


Become A Member!
Now you can learn more about CKAR's community development plans and how to get involved by visiting our New Website at  CKARCDC.org , follow us on Twitter @CKARCDC or friend us on Facebook at  Facebook.com/CKARCDC20737 . To speak with CKAR, please contact us at 240-608-CKAR.  

Riverdale Civic Associations:

Riverdale Heights/Riverdale Hills and Crestwood Civic Association: Next Meeting,  The Center for Educational 
Partnership, located at 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, Md 20737. Next Meeting is July 11 @11am.Please contact Cindy Daymont  at cindydaymont@yahoo.com.
Templeton Knolls Civic Association:  

Templeton Knolls Civic Association (TKCA), Call Alice Bishop at 301-927-3603 

Eastpines Civic Association: Please Contact  John Arrington at 1jarring@gmail.com.  

Community Notes
  • Next Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) Meeting on Tues., June 2,  9-11 at The Center for Educational Partnership in Riverdale @ 6200 Sheridan Street. To receive TNI Meeting info. and community announcements, please email lmnick@co.pg.md.us


  • Community Clean Up Day, Sponsored by the Rverdale Heights/Riverdale HIlls an Crestwood Civic Association  on May 30 from 9-12am, with a dumpster for large items.  It will be located at the center for education, 6200 Sheridan Street. 
  • Health, Environmental Education and Awareness (HEEA) Day
    June 13th 12-5pm 
    5628 Tanglewood Drive, Fletchers Field #2, Riverdale, MD HEEA Day Flyer 
  • Sowing Empowerment and Economic Development, Inc. (SEED) Foreclosure Counseling and Home Buyer Education available locally through the following agencies: Sowing Empowerment and Economic Development 301-458-9808 and Centro de Apoyo Familiar 301-328-3292. 
  • Youth Development Programming and ESOL Education, GapBuster, Inc., Riverdale, MD. 301-779-4252
  • ESOL Education, Templeton Elementary School, Riverdale, MD, 301-985-1880

CKAR's membership consists of resid ents and leaders representing various local industries; including, education, business, non-profit, religious, legal, civic associations and more.  Our mission is to bring together a diverse multi-lingual community to promote the social, economic and business interests of the Riverdale community. 

Join by calling 240-608-CKAR (2527) or emailing info@ckarcdc.org.