Prince George's County

Prince George’s Celebrates Two Projects

Prince George’s County Rushern L. Baker III and dozens of state and county officials and business leaders braved the rain Friday to celebrate the opening of a bridge in Riverdale Park and the groundbreaking of Topgolf, a golf entertainment complex in Oxon Hill that will house driving ranges, a restaurant and a bar.

Baker, who is running for governor, touted economic development as one of the main reasons the Black-majority jurisdiction continues to prosper.

“This is what we wanted for Prince George’s County when we started this administration, … to bring great facilities and quality of life to the county,” Baker said Friday at the Topgolf groundbreaking.

The complex, dubbed Topgolf National Harbor and slated to open in spring 2019, would resemble an existing one in Ashburn, Virginia. Its amenities include private event spaces and meeting rooms, more than 200 high-definition televisions and 100 climate-controlled hitting bays.

According to a menu on the company’s website, it offers “golfbags,” or cocktails, for parties of two or more; seasonal selections of food; and a breakfast/brunch served until noon Monday through Friday and until 2 p.m. on weekends.

The venue, the first one to open in Maryland, will also offer a “KidZone” for youth 12 and younger to experience and learn golf.

Topgolf has 41 facilities nationwide and 13 currently under construction where people can rent space for birthday parties and golf lessons.

The Peterson Companies, the developer of National Harbor, will lead in constructing the Topgolf campus located down the street from Oxon Hill High School in the southern part of the county.

Tanner Micheli, director of real estate development at Topgolf’s headquarters in Dallas, said county golf teams can practice at the Oxon Hill location for free.

“This will be one of our marque venues in the area,” he said. “We truly want to be a great partner with Prince George’s County.”

On the northern end of the county, about 40 people stood in the rain to hear how a bridge will now connect businesses with Riverdale Park Station, a commercial and residential development anchored by Whole Foods.

On the opposite side of the bridge, a group of single-family homes is joined by businesses and venues including College Park Academy, the federal Food and Drug Administration and Raytheon, a defense contractor and industrial corporation.

The bridge also has space for walkers and bicyclists leading into Riverdale Park.

Meanwhile, a parking garage and some townhouses remain under construction at Riverdale Park Station. Denizen’s brewery of Silver Spring, co-owned by Julie Verratti and a running mate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alec Ross, plans to open a brewery at the development later this year.

The other businesses at Riverdale Station include Gold’s Gym, Burtons Grill and Capital Bikeshare and sit several minutes south of the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

“It’s all about connecting neighborhoods,” said County Council Chairwoman Dannielle Glaros (D-District 2) of Riverdale Park. “We have 5,000 jobs on the other side … and every one of those employees is now going to be able to walk over here, bike over here. This opens up so many opportunities.”

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