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June 19, 2013

City Creates New Urban Park in Baltimore

by Martha

DNR provides funding toward project for Bay restoration

Community members planting trees

Photo Credit: Parks and People Foundation

State and city officials, local nonprofits and volunteers gathered to plant trees on June 15 at the New Broadway East Community Park in Baltimore as part of the project’s final stage. One of many partners, the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, contributed $153,000 toward this new urban park.

The project was identified through the Trust Fund as a great opportunity to use new innovative concrete in an ultra-urban setting. The material was used to create park paths and a parking lot that allows polluted rainwater runoff to flow through to the ground, keeping it out of local streams and waterways.

These types of projects help beautify neighborhoods, enhance quality of life, and contribute to cleaner waterways ─ furthering Watershed Implementation Plans and helping cities and counties reach their Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.

Birdseye view of the new park

Photo Credit: Parks and People Foundation

The lot on which the park is located was recently cleared of 18 abandoned row homes at the intersection of N. Gay and E. Federal Street, west of the Humanim building, a historical building originally used by the American Brewing Company.

Other partners include the Parks and People Foundation; the Alliance for Community Trees; Boise, Inc., a private paper company; Humanim, Inc.; and the City of Baltimore.

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund is one of the region’s most important funding tools targeting water quality and watershed restoration and protection projects to decrease the amount of polluted runoff that enters the Chesapeake Bay. Established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 2007, the Trust Fund allows Maryland to accelerate Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects. To view other projects funded through this program, check out the Trust Fund Tracker.

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