Old park gets new life

October 10, 2011

Burlington Park Grand Opening September 2011 Wingard Hollingsworth

Ward 1 Councilmembers Candace Hollingsworth and Eric Wingard cut the ribbon around the renovated Burlington Park on September 25, 2011. Photo courtesy City of Hyattsville.

BY SCARLETT SALEM — On September 25, the City of Hyattsville held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Burlington Park. But wait, hasn’t Burlington Park been open for years? Well, yes. But it recently received a much-needed makeover from the city.

Located at 46th Avenue and Burlington Road behind Gasch’s Funeral Home, it happens to be the only park that is walking accessible in that part of Hyattsville. But it had seen better days.

The tables and benches remain in the small community park, but there is now a brand-new slide, new seats for the swings, and other colorful playground equipment. Orange plastic fencing protects some of the upgrades and soft wood chips surround the equipment as a safety precaution.

Ward 1 councilmembers Candace Hollingsworth and Eric Wingard were on hand to cut the ribbon around the park. Free balloons and cookies were handed out to the crowd of children who came out for the celebration, ready to put the new equipment to use.