Community Planning Services

Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development Corporation (CKAR CDC). It began in 2007 with a neighbor asking for help to revitalize Kenilworth Avenue between River Road to the north and Edmonston Road to the south.

The neighborhood was the unincorporated community of Templeton Knolls – backed by the Town of Riverdale Park, Eastpines and Riverdale Heights Community Associations, students from the University of Maryland Landscape Architecture program and the Neighborhood Design Center, with help from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities Program, actions to pursue revitalization initiatives began.

The request resulted in a collaborative community planning process to strategically deal with pressing issues in the corridor. The result was a meticulous action plan for revitalization of the corridor.

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Trees Please

Trees and forests are so important for people and communities that CKAR is planting them at homes in area neighborhoods for free!

We began by planting 123 trees in spring 2017, including red oaks, American elm, yellowwood, sweetbay magnolia, river birch, and more. Thanks to additional grant funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Prince George’s County, we will be planting 300 more trees for homeowners and community projects in 2018.

To apply to have a tree planted in your yard this spring or to learn more about this valuable community effort, check out our Tree Canopy Project.

Help Revitalize Our Communities!

As a passionate 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping implement meaningful environmental and job creating revitalization efforts, we could use your help. Please donate below.

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The world is changing. Our one and only home, Earth, is in a state of emergency. Climate change is a reality. We should do our part to make changes for the good of all. For example, get rid of carbon-puffing autos, recycle and strive for Clean Water and Clean Air. We would give our lungs some hope. In fact, there is hope all around when we open our hearts and listen to Nature. CKAR wants its community to do its part – Let’s plant trees!

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