Mount Rainier Living
Mount Rainier has been listed as an historic area, due to its history not only as a primary streetcar suburb of Washington DC, but also due to the vast number of Sears houses and Craftsman-style homes, many of which have been restored, and thus have attracted home buyers.
There is a vibrant Arts Culture that is supported by affordable housing for artists where they can showcase their work. Mount Rainier Day, held in May, is one day in which the artistic community opens its doors to the public. Other artists are not just the visual sort – the town is home to at least one Helen Hayes Award-winner for theatrical direction, as well as the duet Emma’s Revolution. Two of the artists in the artists’ housing have opened a cafe, which along with wraps, coffee, and wine, serves a diverse menu of poetry, song, and discussion.
A vegetarian, organic food cooperative, Glut, has existed since the 1960s and draws people from all over the area.
Mount Rainier Receives Prestigious Sustainable Maryland Certified Award at Maryland Municipal League Conference – And is 2015 “Sustainability Champion” for Highest Points
Mount Rainier was one of the first four Maryland municipalities to become Sustainable Maryland Certified when the program launched in 2012, and successfully became re-certified again in 2015.
A detailed summary of Mount Rainier’s sustainability Actions can be found in their Certification Report, attached as a PDF.
Highlights of Mount Rainier’s accomplishments include:
- Installed a solar array on top of City Hall, which produces about approximately 14,000 kilowatt hours/year and reduces energy costs approximately $8,000 annually
- Created a Bicycle Coop to enable residents of Mount Rainier and the surrounding area to own, maintain, and ride bicycles affordably.
- Formed a Corn Bin Cooperative to help supply residents with bio-fuel for home heating
- Operates a community garden program with 32 plots
- Created more than 300 bicycle parking spaces through installation of bike racks in the city’s downtown historic core
- Created a Bicycle Master Plan and a Green Infrastructure Master Plan
- Created a Carbon Footprint Report that illustrates the city’s energy usage across buildings, vehicles and operations
- Adopted a tree ordinance in order to better protect, preserve, and promote Mount Rainier’s urban forest
- Developed a waste reduction guide with handy information for residents on recycling and local businesses and programs that help support waste reduction and reuse
About Art Lives Here
Mount Rainier is the gateway to the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, MD’s Historic Route 1 Corridor. Artists and arts organizations are pointing the way to creative life and sustainable small business development in the Gateway Arts District.
Find out what’s happening in the arts district: MyGatewayArts.org
Learn about the Gateway CDC here: GatewayCDC.org
Joe’s Movement Emporium (World Arts Focus, Inc.) is a performing arts center in Mount Rainier, Maryland that offers programs in education, production and artist services. Joe’s offers rehearsal space, performances, event-rental, and classes year-round for adults and children.
View Joe’s Events Calendar
By partnering with local businesses and developers, two community development corporations, four municipalities, and Prince George’s County, the project has increased regional visibility for the arts district and enlivened the two-mile corridor of historic U.S. Route 1.
Using a mix of short- and long-term strategies and working in phases, the project supports existing small businesses, attracts commercial in-fill, prepares for the next round of commercial development, and further strengthens our diverse and streetwise creative communities.
Many of the articles and bios were shortened for the print publication, you can read the in-depth versions here.
Play at our Parks and Playgrounds
Mt. Rainier South Park
3711 37th Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Experience the tall green tree play structure and the climbing webs and listen to animal sound panels at the Forest Village Playground. The playground has large climbing walls and rocks, as well as multiple play web structures for fun!
Those looking for a slide adventure will enjoy the three tall slides that swiftly take children down from the tree top forest village.
Mount Rainier Skate Park is located just behind the imagination theme playground, on the corner of Wells Avenue and Otis Street, wedged between a residential area and train tracks. At approximately 6,000 square feet, it provides great space skaters and all.
The skate park features a plaza design for beginner and intermediate skaters, as well as two raised plaza areas connected to steps, rails and ramps. Skaters are encouraged to wear personal safety equipment at all times. The skate park also has picnic tables and benches.
Mount Rainier Upshur Park – Green Garden Playground
4229 34th Street
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
This wonderful environmentally-friendly park includes Maryland native plantings, botanical signage, educational rain garden panels, a community flower garden, and children’s handprints, which are set in the paving surrounding the playground to portray a symbol of “protecting the earth.”
A Green Garden storybook was produced with the help of the local elementary school children to tell the story of the magic of the green garden. The story is as creative as the playground but provides a conservation message of earth, environment, and education.
Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center
4701 31st Place
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
Prince George’s County’s only urban nature center, the Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center features hands-on exhibits, live animals, educational displays, a game room, an outdoor amphitheater, campfire pit, and a playground.
A variety of natural history interpretive programs for community and school groups are available. The center has a fully-equipped recreation room available to rent for meetings and special occasions. Please call for more information.
Search for more local parks and playgrounds in Mount Rainier at KaBoom’s Map of Play.