West Baltimore Walks on opening day at the West Baltimore Farmer’s Market

We’re excited to announce the start of our summer tour programs at the opening day of the West Baltimore Farmer’s Market on the morning of Saturday, June 4. RSVP for a tour today then read on for more exciting events and volunteer opportunities.

West Baltimore Walks at the West Baltimore Farmer’s Market | Saturday, June 4

Join the Friends of West Baltimore Squares, Baltimore Heritage, and the Parks & People Foundation for the first in an ongoing series of West Baltimore walking tours exploring the parks, gardens, churches, schools, and homes of West Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods. Arrive bright and early at the West Baltimore Farmer’s Market for a tour of Franklin Square and Union Square at 9:00 am or wake up late for a tour of Harlem Park and Lafayette Square at 11:00 am. Both tours are about 2.5 miles so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. RSVP to let us know you’re coming!

Franklin Square & Union Square | 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Crossing Baltimore Street on the West Baltimore Squares Spring WalkWalking by bioswales on Baltimore Street, native plants in schoolyard gardens at Franklin Square Elementary School, an urban orchard by the Brice Street stables, the H.L. Mencken house, and the site of the Civil War era Jarvis Hospital, our tour of the neighborhoods around Franklin Square and Union Square offer a great introduction to Parks & People Foundation’s innovative urban greening efforts and share the story of West Baltimore’s Civil War era development.

Harlem Park & Lafayette Square | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Edith Gilliard walking up Gilmor Street on the West Baltimore Squares Spring WalkWalking east down the historic Edmondson Avenue streetcar line, reflecting on the legacies of urban renewal in the Inner Block parks near Harlem Square, and marveling at soaring religious architecture around Lafayette Square, our tour of these Old West Baltimore neighborhoods highlights the endurance of historic African-American communities and the challenges experienced following urban renewal efforts.


Help us plan bike rides, concerts, & more!

We’re planning more events in West Baltimore parks and gardens this summer, including a family friendly bike ride. We’re also interested in highlighting West Baltimore parks and gardens on our website like our recent feature on the Harlem Park School Community Garden. If you have a story to share or if you are interested in helping to plan a program in your neighborhood contact Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org, call 301-204-3337, or sign-up for our online discussion group.

Upcoming Events

Union Square Streetscape- Fulton Avenue Clean Up | Saturday, May 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Volunteers will meet in Union Square park then clean Fulton Avenue from Baltimore Street to Pratt Street. Contact Salvatore Seely at 302-270-5503 or Andrea Leahy at and.cu@hotmail.com for more information.

Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School Fun Day | Friday, June 3 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Friends and neighbors in Harlem Park and West Baltimore neighborhoods are welcome to join a few of the great students, families and teachers involved with the new Harlem Park School Community Garden next Friday morning at 1401 West Lafayette Avenue.

West Baltimore Farmer’s Market | Saturday, June 4 – November 19 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Connect with the West Baltimore Farmer’s Market on Facebook and come out to support them on Saturday mornings during their 2011 season. Expect more fun walking tours and enjoy the new later hours.

Baltimore Heritage 2011 Awards Celebration | Friday, June 10 | 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join Baltimore Heritage for an evening under tents in Union Square park with open houses around the Square and a celebration of the year’s best historic preservation accomplishments.

“Tour dem Parks, Hon!” | Sunday, June 12

“Tour dem Parks, Hon!” is the annual bike ride that takes locals and visitors through Baltimore‚Äôs parks and neighborhoods for a close-up view of regional parks like Carroll, Patterson, Clifton and Druid Hill, as well as some quietly tucked away gems. Early registration ends on June 1 so sign up today to explore more great Baltimore parks.

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