Registration opens tomorrow for Tour dem Parks, Hon!

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee , the Department of Recreation & Parks, the Department of Planning Office of Sustainability present the 10th Annual “Tour dem Parks, Hon!” “Tour dem Parks, Hon!“ Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Boulevard Sunday, June 10, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Registration opens Valentine’s Day, February 14 for the annual bike ride that takes locals and visitors through Baltimore’s 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. Proceeds support Baltimore’s parks, environment, friends and cycling … Continue reading Registration opens tomorrow for Tour dem Parks, Hon!

Franklin Square meeting in March to fight rats and trash in West Baltimore

Scott Kashnow in Franklin Square has another update on the work of the Franklin Square Community Association to push back against trash and rats in their West Baltimore neighborhood. Tim Bridges said at a recent meeting “We have been talking about trash for 20 years and we still talk about it at every meeting.” Even the rats can’t take it anymore and are drinking themselves to death. The trash is everywhere. In the alleys, stuffed between buildings, and littered on the streets. Many of our neighbors have given up hope. When asked if they’ve called 311 they say “Yes, but … Continue reading Franklin Square meeting in March to fight rats and trash in West Baltimore

Enter the “Baltimore City Parks, Our Passion” Photo Competition this spring

Enter the contest with a photograph that captures the beauty and/or activity of any Baltimore City Park. The contest will run from November 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Winning entries will be exhibited in the Orianda House in Leakin Park on June 10, 2012. Prizes to be awarded for first and second place in each categories. For adults, the entry fee is $20 for up to four entries (one per category) and for young people under the age of 18 the entry fee is $10. Photographs may be entered in the following categories: Wildlife: birds, insects, etc. (pets included!) … Continue reading Enter the “Baltimore City Parks, Our Passion” Photo Competition this spring

Work for Baltimore City this summer as an Urban Park Ranger! Applications due by March 14

The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks is now accepting applications for Baltimore City Park Rangers. Apply today or find more seasonal employment opportunities on the Department of Recreation and Parks website. Contact Azephra Hamilton at parkranger@baltimorecity.gov for more information.

Urban Park Rangers will serve as uniformed ambassadors representing the Parks Department protecting the cultural and natural resources of the Baltimore City Parks system. The work of the Rangers includes educating

the public about and enforcing the park rules and regulations, providing orientation to individual parks, providing basic visitor services and assistance, and educating the public about the parks system’s historical and ecological value.

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Upton gave a neighborhood its name and a unique architectural landmark

Thanks to Baltimore Heritage intern Elise Hoffman for her research on the history of Upton. Do you want to share your photos or stories of West Baltimore landmarks? Please get in touch with Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org or 301-204-337. High on a hill at 811 West Lanvale Street, behind a chain link fence and past the overgrown yard, is grand Upton — an architectural treasure by one of Baltimore’s earliest architects that has witnessed nearly 200 years of change in the Upton neighborhood that shares the building’s name. In the 1830s, Baltimore lawyer David Stewart hired architect Robert Carey Long, … Continue reading Upton gave a neighborhood its name and a unique architectural landmark

Save the date for the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration on April 21, 2012

Did you join us for last year’s West Baltimore Squares spring celebration? We started the Friends of West Baltimore Squares last spring with a fun walk and celebration from Union Square to Lafayette Square with nearly 100 West Baltimore neighbors participating. We’re planning another celebration this year with a series of fun and festive events throughout the spring starting with the Second Annual West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration in Franklin Square Park on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Save the date and we will be sharing more details soon! Interested in helping out? Get in touch with Eli Pousson at info@westbaltimoresquares.org … Continue reading Save the date for the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration on April 21, 2012

Sign up to join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Spring Cleanup on April 21

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Spring Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and registration opens this week! Join your neighbors and choose a location that needs a special cleaning in your neighborhoods. Community representatives should call 311 to register. Communities can participate by signing up and coming out to clean their sidewalks, gutters, storm drains, yards and alleys. Remember, trash should never be swept into storm drains. Containers for debris collection will be available on a first call basis. Bags and brooms will be limited and must be signed for by the community leader. … Continue reading Sign up to join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Spring Cleanup on April 21

Trash Free Maryland: Support the Community Cleanup and Greening Act today!

Trash Free Maryland has distributed an Action Alert requesting our support for the  Community Cleanup and Greening Act! Read on for more information on this important legislation then check out their Action Alert to send your state representatives an e-mail with your support. If you work (or live) in Prince George’s County, please share your support for a Prince George’s County Bag Fee. Hundreds of neighborhood and stream cleanups are held in Maryland annually, and one of the biggest culprits polluting our waterways, roadsides, and trees are plastic bags. Removal costs for this litter add millions to county and state budgets … Continue reading Trash Free Maryland: Support the Community Cleanup and Greening Act today!