Thank you for a wonderful celebration in West Baltimore Squares!

Thank you to everyone came out to walk and celebrate in West Baltimore Squares this past Saturday. Credit for our success must go to all of our generous volunteers and supporters including Samuel Bryant, Andrea Coccia-Leahy, Mary Couri, Mike Dorsey, Arlene Fisher, Johns Hopkins, Scott Kashnow, Bryant Smith, Chris Taylor, the residents of St. James Terrace, and many more. Special thanks to Andrea for designing and producing our new signs, Scott for the birthday cake, Chris for the popcorn machine, and Arlene for hosting our celebration in Lafayette Square Park.

Read on for photos from our event and be sure to share your own photos and stories on Facebook and in the Baltimore Parks & Gardens Flickr Group.

We started our evening walk in Union Square Park meeting at the fountain in the center of the Square with introductions from Eli Pousson and Johns Hopkins with Baltimore Heritage and Chris Taylor from the Union Square Association.

Leaving Union Square on the West Baltimore Squares Spring Walk

Crossing Baltimore Street on the West Baltimore Squares Spring Walk

After crossing Baltimore Street, we met up with members of the Franklin Square Community Association in Franklin Square, and continued on to visit an Inner Block Park and walked through Harlem Square Park.

Chess players at Harlem Park on the West Baltimore Squares Spring Walk

Eli Pousson walking through Harlem Park on the West Baltimore Squares Spring Walk

We circled the park and visit the schoolyard garden at Harlem Park Elementary School before taking Lafayette Avenue over to Lafayette Square. Our crowd soon grew to nearly 60 people as we were joined by friends and neighbors from St. James Terrace and Heritage Crossing.

Resident of St. James Terrace at the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration

Heritage Crossing residents at the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration

After everyone had a chance to eat a hot dog and grab a bag of popcorn, Arlene Fisher welcomed our group to her neighborhood.

Arlene Fisher at the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration

Finally, we ended the day with a delicious birthday cake celebrating the anniversary of the establishment of Lafayette Square in 1857 and Franklin Square in 1839. Thanks again to everyone who made this such a special celebration and a great start for the Friends of West Baltimore Squares!

Birthday Cake for Lafayette and Franklin Squares at the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration

Birthday Cake for Lafayette and Franklin Squares at the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration

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