College Park is a distinct neighborhood within Orlando, Florida, whose streets were named for institutions of higher learning such as Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. For over a century, seniors and young professionals have flocked to this area because of its proximity to downtown. Originally an 80-acre (320,000 m2) grove, 19 West Princeton was the first home in College Park built by citrus grower John Ericsson. It is also home to Jack Kerouac House at Clouser Avenue.
The neighborhood is bounded by I-4 Expressway to the east and U.S. 441 to the west while W Colonial Road forms a border to the south. It is bordered by Fairview Shores to the north, North Orange and Orwin Manor to the east, Callahan to the south, Spring Lake to its southwest and Princeton/Silver Star to the west. Three significant lakes resides in College Park including Lake Silver near the northwest border, and Lake Adair and Lake Concord lies to the south.
College Park is teeming with parks and recreations including Albert Park, a small pocket park distinguished by its white gazebo and central location within the neighborhood; Ben Crosby Field, located adjacent to Princeton Park, is the home to the Orlando Babe Ruth youth baseball league; College Park Community Center and Pool, established in 2005, features a gymnasium, computer lab, and outdoor amenities such as a swimming pool, baseball field, and playground; Dartmouth Park, established in 1948, bounded by Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Westmoreland, and Edgewater Drive; Dubsdread Golf Course, established in 1924 at 549 West Par Street; Guernsey Park features a small basketball court and playground; and Mathews Park, located just south of East Par Street on Formosa Avenue, includes a baseball field and playground.
College Park is also home to many place of worship including College Park Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 218 East Par Street; Incarnation Catholic Church, 1515 Edgewater Drive; Central Christian Church, 250 Southwest Ivanhoe Boulevard; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45 East Par Street; College Park Baptist Church, 1914 Edgewater Drive; College Park United Methodist Church, 644 West Princeton Street; Grace Orlando, 3100 Edgewater Drive (meets at Edgewater High School); St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4005 Edgewater Drive; St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2499 North Westmoreland Avenue; and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 4917 Eli Street.
Notable businesses in the neighborhood to name a few include Gabriel’s Sub Shop on Edgewater Drive, established in 1958; Publix Supermarket on Edgewater Drive, established in 1950; Stewart Jewelry, established in 1946; Orange Cycle on Edgewater Drive, established in 1977; Dave’s Lock & Key Shop on Edgewater Drive, established in 1977; and Tornatore’s Cafe and Pizzeria, formerly Cafe Positano, on Edgewater Drive.
College Park Coordinates: 28.5686012°N 81.3894297°W