Darley Gateway Park, a .75 acre green space that is sure to become a neighborhood meeting place and treasure for multiple generations, completed Phase 1 of its amazing and community-changing transformation in July 2019. For over two decades, the space at the corner of Harford Rd. and Normal Ave. has been vacant, only being used as a dumping ground and source of blight. This all changed when the dedicated and passionate group of community members and other partners like BUILD, which began organizing the project in 2013, began plans to transform the space. In addition to invested stakeholders, more than 900 volunteers from The 6th Branch, whose efforts represent an $85,000+ investment, have worked on the park over the years, to bring to life a multi-phased plan. In Phase 1, amenities such as a community stage, new seating, a lush lawn for recreational opportunities, and stormwater planters and a bosque of trees that provides shade to new benches and chess tables were added. Members of the Darley Park community gathered to celebrate this achievement and to excitedly discuss Phase 2.
Additional partners in this project include the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland and Baltimore City Departments of Housing and Community Development, Healthy Harbor, the Neighborhood Design Center, and Ayers Saint Gross.