The Neighborhood


Local public schools include Greenbelt Elementary School, Greenbelt Middle School, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School, conveniently located near GHI. See Prince Georges County Public Schools at There is also a Montessori school, a French Immersion School (K-8) and a Friends Community School (K-8) nearby.


GHI is only minutes from the Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It is conveniently located close to public transportation and bike paths.

Parks, Recreation, and Fitness

Members of GHI live within walking distance of many activities for all interests and age groups.

Greenbelt Lake, woodlands, farmland, and trails:

  • The trail around Buddy Attick Lake Park is a favorite place for Greenbelt residents to stroll, hike, or jog. The lake also is a favorite fishing and picnicking spot. Individual picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while larger picnic areas are available with a city permit. The lake area hosts a popular, day-long Fourth of July celebration concluding with fireworks over the lake.
  • Woodlands and hiking trails surround and wind throughout GHI. Member volunteers maintain the trails and trail markings. Many GHI homes back up to these woodlands.
  • Within walking distance from the north end of town, GHI is close to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Center is open to the public, providing an excellent site for biking, jogging, hiking, and scenic drives.
  • Greenbelt National Park – This urban oasis features 9 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and 174 campsites.
  • Common areas and playgrounds – Many common areas, playgrounds, inner-walkways, and underpasses are part of Greenbelt’s original town plan. Children and adults enjoy the common areas, where they can play games, have picnics with neighbors, and exercise their dogs. Many of the common areas include playgrounds, some designed for toddlers and others that appeal to children of all ages.  GHI members have access to 20 playgrounds throughout the community, 8 of which are owned and maintained by the co-op.
People hiking in the woods
Inner-walkways and underpasses help pedestrians avoid crossing streets and provide a delightful walk through the community and to the historic town center. The inner-walkways and underpasses are very popular with parents walking their children from playground to playground and with people walking their dogs.


There are 20 playgrounds within the community that all members and their families enjoy. Members can find a playgound only a short walk away from their homes and most adjacent to common areas and gardens.

A playground in the greenbelt area


Greenbelt offers an abundance of amenities within walking distance of GHI. They include an aquatic and fitness center, a community center and recreation facilities.

Arts & Entertainment

Community Gardens

The Community Gardens were established over 80 years ago as part of the original design of the city. The Greenbelt Garden Club was formed in 1938 and makes community garden plots available for residents’ use. A volunteer group of gardeners administers the plots. Please see the garden club’s website:
A church in the greenbelt area

Religious Centers

In Greenbelt and the surrounding area there are many opportunities to find a faith community.

Restaurants & Shopping

Restaurants and shopping centers are within walking distance of GHI or a short drive, bicycle ride, or bus ride away. Roosevelt Center is the historic town center featuring a cooperatively-owned grocery store, hair salons and a nail salon, a bakery, restaurants, a convenience store, a credit union and an outdoor plaza with benches and tables. 

The roosevelt shopping center

Or just a little further away, you’ll find Greenway Center

And Beltway Plaza Mall to meet the rest of your shopping needs.