We have a lot of exciting works in progress that we are so excited to share. Check out what projects we’re working on below:
DARLEY “GATEWAY PARK” PHASE II
Darley Gateway Park has moved into Phase II of its development. After completing Phase I in summer of 2019, which included the installation of new seating around a community stage, a lush lawn for recreational opportunities, stormwater planters, colorful benches, a bosque of trees, and chess tables, Darley will continue to flourish with the addition of a new playground awarded by KOMPAN. The design and planning stage is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year and installation by fall 2020.
KIRBY LANE PARK
Parks & People is working with the Franklin Square Community, Bon Secours Community Works, and BMORE Beautiful to transform the 1800 block of Saratoga St. into a community assett that aims to be the first step in creating a multi-purpose open space. Community-designed plans include a meditation garden, a mural wall, raised garden beds, a community gathering space, trees, and a grilling area. A playground donated by Cunningham Recreation will also be installed. Completion is predicted by fall of 2019.
LIBERTY SQUARE PARK
Parks & People set out to deconstruct several structures located at 2804-2806 and 2808-2010 Reisterstown Rd. that have been blighted for the last decade and subsequently, develop the site into usable green space. Demolition of these vacant properties was carried out in the spring of 2019. Planned amenities to the site include a crushed stone path, benches, string lights, split rail fencing, and metal edging for path and a large lawn. The park’s improvements are expected to be completed by fall 2019.
HERBERT STREET PARK
Herbert Street Park will be a post-demolition site community space behind the Citywide Youth Development EMAGE Center and serving the Mondawmin neighborhood. The park will transform the north and south sides of the 2100 block of Herbert St. where 40 lots (20 on each side) of former blighted housing were razed through Project C.O.R.E. and are now are vacant. The project will reposition the lots along Herbert St. as a focal destination while improving the environmental health of the community and creating an asset for human use. The development, layout, and construction of Herbert Street will be inspired by our work with the Easterwood Park & Playground (“The Miracle on McKean”).