Lake Artemesia is now a park in Prince George’s County. It is that and so much more. The area is part of Lakeland, the historic African American community of College Park. Within the park there once stood homes which sheltered generations, a church and even a school, one dating back more than a century. This story will soon be visible to anyone visiting the park. An unveiling of plaques introducing visitors to the Lakeland story will be unveiled at 11 AM on Saturday, September 16 at Lake Artemesia Park in College Park. Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission has partnered with the Lakeland Community Heritage Project to make these tangible reminders of what was once a substantial part of a community. The park area is roughly one third of the historic community of Lakeland.
LCHP would like to thank County Councilman Eric Olson for his support of this project. It was through his effort funding and resources were made available for these first three interpretive signs.
This unveiling is just one element of Lakeland Heritage Weekend, the fifth annual celebration of heritage and community, sponsored by the Lakeland Community Heritage Project.