Econo Lodge College Park

9624 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Maryland, 20740, United States
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Travel Tips for College Park

Testudo Luck

by AlbuqRay

Testudo got his start back in 1932, when then football coach Dr. H. Curley Byrd recommended that the diamondback terrapin be made the school mascot. It is also the Maryland state reptile. Rubbing his nose is supposed to bring good luck. That is why Testudo's nose is unusually shiny. Not to pass up a chance for some good luck, I rubbed Testudo's nose while I was there. I did have very good luck in finding the College Park Aviation Museum the next day. However, some young people thought I was Testudo and tried to paint and kidnap me several times. They looked like Johns Hopkins students to me.

Actually there are several Testudos. In 1992 a twin statue of Testudo was placed at Byrd Stadium that the football team and marching band touches for good luck as they pass by on their way to and from the field. There is now also a statue of Testudo outside the Gossett Team House on the outskirts of Byrd Stadium. In 2002, another statue was placed in front of Comcast Center, the school's new basketball arena; and in 2005, a fifth statue (this one hollow) was erected in front of the new Riggs Alumni Center. This last one is the Testudo in my pictures.

Comcast Center

by AlbuqRay

The Comcast Center, the University of Maryland's home for Terrapin athletics, was completed in the Fall of 2002. It provides a seating capacity of 17,950 fans for basketball, and serves as an on-campus site for university special events and select community events. Comcast Center houses the university's athletics administration offices and includes a 7000-square-foot Academic Support Center for the school's nearly 700 student-athletes on 27 teams. An additional 1500-seat gymnasium serves as home to the Terps' volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling teams, and the Nextel Heritage Hall multi-purpose room (capacity 400) is equipped to host banquets, press conferences, meetings and serve as a pre-game restaurant suite overlooking the competition arena.

Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO)

by AlbuqRay

When I mentioned my experience with an Ercoupe, I was told at the College Park Aviation Museum that the ERCO buildings were still standing. After ERCO, they had been used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) but now they are owned by the University of Maryland. They gave me directions how to get there. The site is close to the airport, so I dropped by to take some pictures. The buildings are abandoned now but it was interesting to see where our Ercoupe had been built.

To get there from the airport, go back to the College Park Metro Station on Paint Branch Parkway. Turn left on River Road and go south about 0.5 mile. Turn right on Rivertech Court, which changes into Lafayette Avenue as it curves to the right. The old ERCO complex is next to the railroad tracks on Lafayette.

College Park: History in Our Backyard

by Tom_Fields

"The Oldest Airfield"

Tucked away in the Washington suburbs is the town of College Park, home of the University of Maryland. It's also the site of the oldest airfield still in use. Right here, in Washington's backyard, the Wright Brothers conducted some of their most important work.

College Park has a Metro Stop on the Green Line, and is served by the East-West Highway. It's located just inside the Washington Beltway, just a few miles outside the DC boundary.

Home of the University of Maryland

by jlee008

This is my favorite college town because it is my alma mater!!! The city of College Park is mostly covered by the University of Maryland itself. It is home to about 35,000 students (WOW!!!) and it runs like a small city. It has education buildings, living quarters, and its own transportation system.

I can't say that there is much to see in the city other than the University of Maryland, but there are some hightlights to campus that are neat.


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