Construction will begin early this summer on an approximately one-mile stretch of the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Line Trail in Riverdale Park from Tuckerman Street—just south of the Cafritz property— to the recently constructed trail in the Hyattsville EYA district.
The trail will run along the industrial district at the north end of town, take a stroll through the town center parking lot, and pick up again along Rhode Island Avenue beside the current home of the Archie Edwards Blues and Heritage Foundation. That building, which also once housed a book and coffee shop, is actually one of the few existing trolley car depots in the area.
The asphalt path will be built at grade and be about 10-feet wide in most places, said Nivera. The connecting trail in Hyattsville is just asphalt, but because the trial in Riverdale has to follow new Prince George's County stormwater management regulations, it will also include rain gardens and swales, she said. These features are commonly used in construction to harvest rainwater and conserve soil.
Construction on the $600,000 trail will likely take between 6 and 9 months, during which time the trail will be closed, Nivera said. Residents can plan on taking hikes and bike rides on the new trail sometime next spring.
That will still leave a gap across the Cafritz property which will filled in once the property is developed.