Incorporated in 1896, our approximately one square mile town is home to 3,100 residents living in 1,050 single-family homes on the hillsides of the Indian Creek valley. Shaded by mature trees, the houses comprise a variety of architectural styles: from ornate Victorians and craftsman bungalows of the late 19th and early 20th century to the split-levels and ramblers of the 1950s and 60s. The Town has a small-town atmosphere in a major metropolitan area, where people get to know each other, neighbors chat across fences and are quick to lend a helping hand. Many residents volunteer for a wide variety of community organizations and events.
Although small in size, the Town offers a full slate of municipal services: the Police Department is staffed to provide community-oriented police protection, ensuring one of the lowest crime rates in the region; the Public Works Department performs weekly refuse, recycling, and yard waste collections; and Code Compliance monitors residential and commercial properties to ensure compliance with property standards, zoning rules, and rental housing regulations. The Administrative Department, located in Town Hall, handles the Town’s finance and human resource functions, in addition to the overall administration of the Town. The Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, an independent 501c (3) corporation, is one of the busiest volunteer companies on the east coast, and partners with the University of Maryland's Fire & Rescue Institute to train first responders.
The pre-k-6 Berwyn Heights Elementary School is located in Town and among its many amenities are before and aftercare and a Talented & Gifted (TAG) Program. An active PTA sponsors a number of enrichment activities and runs an educational garden that beautifies the school grounds. The newly built Greenbelt Middle School with state-of-the-art classrooms and TAG program is located within walking distance just outside the Town’s boundaries. Parkdale High School is a 10-minute bus ride away and has an academically rigorous International Baccalaureate program. A number of students also test into the Science & Technology Program of the national blue ribbon Eleanor Roosevelt High School. For higher education, many students attend the University of Maryland's flagship campus in College Park, which can be reached by a University shuttle bus that comes through Berwyn Heights.
Outstanding parks and recreational amenities surround Berwyn Heights. Greenbelt National Park, Lake Artemesia, and the Anacostia Trails system offer year-round opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature watching. Other recreational destinations are nearby, such as the Ellen Linson Splash Park/ Herbert Wells Ice Rink, the nationally acclaimed College Park Tennis Center, and the College Park Aviation Museum, located on the grounds of the oldest continuously operating airport in the nation. The Wright brothers made history here testing the first military airplanes. Additionally, the many attractions of the nation's capital are within easy reach from two nearby stations on the Metro's Green Line.