Park Grants and Neighborhood Greening & Clean Water Grants available for Spring 2013

  Partnership for Park Grants and Neighborhood Green & Clean Water Grants are available for Spring 2013. All Baltimore City community groups can apply. For more information, attend one of the above workshops. You must RSVP four days prior to the workshop you plan on attending by contacting Valerie Shane at (410)448-5663 x111 or valerie.shane@parksandpeople.org. Click here to learn how to apply. Continue reading Park Grants and Neighborhood Greening & Clean Water Grants available for Spring 2013

West Baltimore gardens, volunteers and organizers honored at the 17th Annual Community Greening Celebration

We are excited to share a few photos from the 17th Annual Greening Celebration where the Friends of West Baltimore Squares, the Sunflower Village Community Garden and local super-volunteer Mike Dorsey all won recognition for our work around community greening in West Baltimore neighborhoods. We all couldn’t keep working without the great support we receive from partners like the Parks & People Foundation, Power In Dirt, Civic Works, neighborhood leaders and residents in West Baltimore communities. Thanks for all your contributions to these great efforts! The 17th Annual Greening Celebration sponsored by Constellation Energy together with include REI, Open Spaces … Continue reading West Baltimore gardens, volunteers and organizers honored at the 17th Annual Community Greening Celebration

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

Celebrate National Trails Day with a fun ride through West Baltimore Parks

West Baltimore’s unique landscape of parks and gardens feature everything from a monument to Francis Scott Key to innovative bioswales for sustainable stormwater management. The best way to get to know all these local treasures? Hop on your bike and join us for a free National Trails Day ride through West Baltimore parks! West Baltimore Parks by Bike Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm RSVP today! Meet at the Francis Scott Key Monument – Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street. Parking – Street parking available in surrounding area. Transit – UB/Mt. Royal Light Rail Station, the State Center Metro … Continue reading Celebrate National Trails Day with a fun ride through West Baltimore Parks

Watershed 263 Workshop: Greening to Improve Water Quality and Quality of Life

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive Enter on the ground floor, east side of Druid Hill Park at the rear of the building. Light lunch and networking to follow the workshop. Please RSVP to Anna_Evans-Golstein@bshsi.org. The purpose of this workshop is to assist community residents in Watershed 263’s eleven neighborhoods to better understand different greening techniques available for improving vacant lots, community spaces, and backyards (including existing green spaces) that can improve water quality and quality of life. Identification of resources available for community projects will be outlined. Technical resources will … Continue reading Watershed 263 Workshop: Greening to Improve Water Quality and Quality of Life

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

Pennsylvania Avenue Homecoming Festival, the Gardens of Hope and more this weekend

Check out this weekend’s fun events on Pennsylvania Avenue, down in Union Square and over by Hollins Market! Pennsylvania Avenue Homecoming Festival & the Gardens of Hope Pennsylvania Avenue Homecoming Festival Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11 The three-day celebration has already started and will continue all weekend with a celebration of the history and legacy of Baltimore’s historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Come on down to the Avenue tomorrow afternoon for the Cadillac Parade from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, a concert from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the main stage (Lafayette & Pennsylvania), a Fashion Show from 8:00 pm – … Continue reading Pennsylvania Avenue Homecoming Festival, the Gardens of Hope and more this weekend