Druid Heights Gateway Park

 

Problem: The Druid Heights neighborhood is comprised of 41% vacant lots. Only three public parks cover 0.7% of the area within the neighborhood limits. The abandoned site located at the gateway of the community is highly visible, but lacked welcoming features that communicated community pride and Druid Heights’ rich historical background as one of Baltimore’s oldest neighborhoods.

Contact Information
Tavon Benson | tbenson@druidheights.com
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Darley Park Gateway Park

Problem: Post-demolition lots in the Darley Park neighborhood were strewn with trash and had sat for decades unused. Gateway Park is located at the center of the neighborhood and was also plagued with vehicle traffic and compacted soil that contributed to stormwater runoff. It was an eyesore and diminished the neighborhood’s charm and safety. 

Contact Information
Laura Connelly | Parks and People | laura.connelly@parksandpeople.org
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Miramar Landing Homeowners Association

 

Project Location: Baltimore County, MD

Problem: Open space areas within the Miramar Landing neighborhood were bare, compacted dirt lots that conveyed untreated runoff to local streams and were eyesores for the community. The impervious surfaces within this development also transported polluted runoff into the Middle River, which has historically been plagued with harmful algae blooms and fish kills.

Contact Information
Peggy Perry | pperry@gunpowdervc.org | 410-692-0468
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Waverly Farmers Market

Project Location: Baltimore City, MD

Problem: Abandoned lots in Baltimore City were flooding and creating unsightly conditions, public health issues, and decreased property values.

Solution: A call about a flooded abandoned lot by community organizers in the Waverly neighborhood set in motion a series of events that are transforming areas of urban Baltimore into oases of nature, food, community, and placemaking - all while giving stormwater a place to go.

Contact Information
Gwen Kokes | volunteer@civicworks.com | 410-366-8533 x 238
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Baltimore Community Toolbank Cisterns and Planters

 

Project location: Baltimore, MD

Problem:  In an industrial section of Baltimore, heavy volumes of stormwater flowed from rooftops into storm drains, delivering polluted runoff to Inner Harbor during each rainfall.

Contact Information
Ted Brown | Biohabitats | tbrown@biohabitats.com | 410-554-0156
Laura Connelly | Parks and People Foundation | laura.connelly@parksandpeople.org
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West Towson Urban Reforestation

 

Project location: Towson, MD

Problem:  The residential streets of West Towson have historically been lined with large oak trees, which beautify the community, buttress property values, and assist with stormwater management.  However, many of these trees were being lost each year due to environmental stresses and the trees’ age. 

Contact Information
Wendy Jacobs | Westtowsongreeningcommittee@gmail.com | 443-250-4602
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Kadampa Meditation Center Garden

 

Project location: Baltimore, MD

Problem: Baltimore’s Kadampa Meditation Center is located in the urban Chinquapin Park neighborhood.  In addition to the Buddhist temple, the Center also houses a café, bookshop, and now, a World Peace Meditation garden.  Previously, the Center’s campus had been experiencing drainage issues, with runoff from the facility’s large roof and parking lot unable to adequately drain, due to poor site grading and existing soil conditions. 

Contact Information
Ashley Traut | Blue Water Baltimore | atraut@bluewaterbaltimore.org
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