Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden featured in video on Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

In late August, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Communications Office staff came to Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School to film a rain garden installation performed by Parks & People Landscape Team and BRANCHES Youth Team which was designed by Hannah Bands, a JHU engineering student intern. Here is the video they created featuring Sasha Gallant from the school, Guy Hager with Parks & People, and Inez Robb, a Sandtown community member who has been involved with the community garden. The rain garden will soon be planted by the school students and BRANCHES. Continue reading Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden featured in video on Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

Upcoming events and new funding for the Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden

The Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden is continuing to build on its success winning funding from two grants to provide materials and a new bulletin board for getting the word out about community events. Community Garden Meeting & Volunteer Work Day at Harlem Park Community Garden Meeting – Wednesday, June 27, 5:30pm Volunteer Work Day – Saturday, June 30, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden, across from Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School 1401 W. Lafayette Avenue, Baltimore, MD Stop by the Community Garden Meeting on June 27 to discuss planning, maintenance and use of funds in the weeks ahead … Continue reading Upcoming events and new funding for the Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden

Come on out for upcoming volunteer days at the Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden

Sasha Gallant at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School has another update on the Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden. Check out our past posts about the garden or read on for details on upcoming events. As we begin to see some warmer weather, it’s time to get down to business in the Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden! We’ve received several grants to help us pursue the next stages of our project (thank you to the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, BVU’s GIVE Program, Blue Water Baltimore and Parks & People Foundation) and we’re ready to get our hands in the dirt. April’s … Continue reading Come on out for upcoming volunteer days at the Harlem Park/Sandtown Community Garden

Hard work at Harlem Park schools builds an impressive garden on Lafayette Avenue

We first shared a story on the Harlem Park School Community Garden way back in May just as they started to cleaning up a vacant lot across from the school on Lafayette Avenue. Five months later and the students made impressive progress completing the construction of soil beds, the setup and decoration of a rain barrel irrigation system, along with the planting of a small vegetable garden and a commemorative herb garden in honor of the late Mrs. Frances Keys. Mrs. Frances Keys, a great supporter of the garden who had taught several generations of students at the Harlem Park … Continue reading Hard work at Harlem Park schools builds an impressive garden on Lafayette Avenue

Sowebo Landmark 5K, Union Square Clean-up, Harlem Park Garden meeting and more upcoming events

Another late Friday update from the Friends of West Baltimore Squares with volunteer events and community programs coming up this weekend! Run through Southwest Baltimore this Sunday with the Sowebo 5K Sunday, October 2, 2011, 9:00 am Union Square Park, Hollins Street and South Stricker Street The first annual Sowebo Landmark 5K will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 9:00 am. The 5K run/walk aims to unite neighbors, families, schools, and local resources to empower our youth to be active, eat well, and live healthy. A Kids Fun Run and Health Fair will be conducted at the finish … Continue reading Sowebo Landmark 5K, Union Square Clean-up, Harlem Park Garden meeting and more upcoming events

West Baltimore Walks at the Alternate ROOTS Festival next weekend

We’re all looking forward to next weekend’s 2011 ROOTS Festival— a music, arts and community festival taking place outdoors over the “Highway to Nowhere,” starting at Franklin and North Gilmor Streets with five stages for music, art, dancing and more. We’ll be there both Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26 sharing information on our partnerships and upcoming programs.

More partners & neighbors at the Festival include Baltimore Heritage, the Parks & People Foundation, Franklin Square, Lafayette Square, Harlem Park, West Baltimore MARC TOD Transportation, Inc., the West Baltimore Coalition, Culture Works, and the Neighborhood Design Center. Alternate ROOTS is also partnering with Baltimore Green Works to organize the EcoFestival at Franklin & Calhoun Streets with a nature play space and a long list of green exhibitors and vendors.

West Baltimore Walks at the Alternate ROOTS Festival | Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26, Tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm

Baltimore Heritage is leading tours of historic West Baltimore parks & neighborhoods, starting from the “Community Bridge” at the corner of Franklin & Carey Streets. These one-hour walking tours will take you through Harlem Park & Lafayette Square exploring schoolyard gardens and soaring historic churches and Franklin Square & Union Square stopping by the H.L. Mencken House and innovative vacant lot projects on Brice and Carey Streets. Save a spot today or just drop by for a tour during the festival! Questions? Contact Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org or 301-204-3337.

Walking through an Inner Block Park on the West Baltimore Squares Spring Walk

Harlem Park School Community Garden Brunch | Saturday, July 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join Parks & People along with the students, families and teachers building the Harlem Park School Community Garden for a Saturday morning brunch & community meeting at West Lafayette Avenue & Whatcoat Street. Residents from Sandtown Winchester, Harlem Park, and anyone with an interest in urban agriculture is welcome to learn more about the project and sign up for future volunteer opportunities. Contact Bryant Smith at bryant.smith@parksandpeople.org for more information.
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Harlem Park School Community Garden is taking root on Lafayette Avenue

While our recent celebration and tour have highlighted Lafeyette Square and Franklin Square, the Friends of West Baltimore Squares is just as dedicated to supporting community gardens and small parks. We’re glad to highlight this update from Russell Spinney at Baltimore Talent Development High School and Sasha Gallant at Harlem Park Elementary School on their great progress with the Harlem Park School Community Garden– Students, faculty and staff at the Harlem Park Elementary and Middle School and the Baltimore Talent Development High School have teamed up to start a school community garden and have started breaking ground with the assistance … Continue reading Harlem Park School Community Garden is taking root on Lafayette Avenue