West Baltimore Squares ‘Film Friday’ series a success!

Despite the unusually rainy weather hitting Baltimore this summer, the Friends of West Baltimore Squares ‘Film Friday’ series has been a total success- and it’s only just begun! After our first movie event in May (hosted graciously inside at the Franklin Square Boys and Girls Club, following one re-schedule due to rain & more rain on the rain date!), we hopped on over the Hollins Market for the next in the ‘Film Friday’ series on Friday, June 14, 2013. The vacant lot a couple plots down from CUPS Coffeehouse was the perfect venue for a movie night. Thanks to CUPS … Continue reading West Baltimore Squares ‘Film Friday’ series a success!

AFSIVA Students in Harlem Park reached new heights during stilt walking workshop!

The Friends of West Baltimore Squares joined Augusta Fells Savage Institute for Visionary Arts staff and students for their AFSIVAscape art show and community food drop off on Thursday May 2, 2013. [AFSIVAscape is a play on the widely known and popular music and art festival in Baltimore called Artscape.] The Friends donated a Nana Projects stilt walking workshop for 25 students, as well as offered students service learning hours to help clean-up Harlem Park before the event. Many of the students volunteered their time without accepting service learning hours and residents passing by also joined in to help gather … Continue reading AFSIVA Students in Harlem Park reached new heights during stilt walking workshop!

Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting Minutes

Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting Minutes March 7, 2013 at 7pm Neighborhood Design Center   Introductions Baltimore Energy Challenge discussed their community outreach project to engage residents with tips on how to lower their energy bills. They are interested in setting up an info. table at upcoming events. West Baltimore Spring Celebration Parade/Kick-off celebration April 12th (date selected) Meet at 6pm at Lafayette Square, parade begins at 6:30pm and will end roughly 7:30pm at Franklin Square for the first Film Friday movie in the park. Edith & Tara to follow up about possibility of shuttle (UMB, local church vans) … Continue reading Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting Minutes

Fayette St. Outreach hosts a Community Dinner Meeting & Toy Drive

    Fayette St. Outreach Org, Inc. Central Baptist Church Outreach Ministries presents A Community Dinner Meeting & Toy Drive! Tuesday December 18, 2012 5:30 pm. To 7:30 pm. Central Baptist Church 2035 W. Baltimore St. Donations requested of:  Toys, books, hats, gloves, mittens, monetary gifts. Come talk with our Pastors elected officials and business owners and residents in the community. There will be Live Entertainment, Games, Prizes, Music, Fun. For more information about Fayette Street Outreach, Inc., e-mail fsoo@fayettestreetoutreach.org. Continue reading Fayette St. Outreach hosts a Community Dinner Meeting & Toy Drive

Welcome to a new friend of West Baltimore Squares – UMB Social Work Student Tara Stack

We’re excited to welcome aboard Tara Stack – a new organizer for our Friends of West Baltimore Squares project – who will be working with Baltimore Heritage to maintain our popular e-mail newsletter, organize new events and support the great community leaders in and around West Baltimore parks and gardens. Hello to all the Friends of West Baltimore Squares! My name is Tara Stack. I am a Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Maryland Baltimore and am beginning an 8-month internship with Baltimore Heritage to assist with the Friends of West Baltimore Squares initiative. I am a … Continue reading Welcome to a new friend of West Baltimore Squares – UMB Social Work Student Tara Stack

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.

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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