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Blue Water Baltimore was recently awarded $487,000 for future stormwater work in Library Square.
Yes, you read that correctly…
$487,000 for large-scale improvements to Library Square, including replacing existing sidewalks with approximately 6,000 square feet of pervious surface and installing a 1,000 square foot rain garden. The Library Square project is the largest project in the $1.5 million Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Fund Grant awarded to Blue Water Baltimore.
Blue Water Baltimore also coordinated a $35,000 Chesapeake Bay Trust grant to convert the main square area into a purposeful design that demonstrates environmentally-friendly stormwater management and mitigation.
The Friends of Library Square (FOLS) Design Committee, working with their consultant BioHabitats, and stakeholders, recently completed a Proposed Revitalization Plan for Library Square. The innovative plan incorporates multiple placemaking strategies including a series of rain gardens, stormwater diversions, and public seating areas interwoven between the critical root zones of the Linden trees.
What makes this plan exciting is that there is dedicated funding to make it a reality. The $487,000 award is allocated to fund the execution of Biohabitiats, Inc. and FOLS Water Management Design Plan by 2016!
Communication with the City’s Department of Recreation & Parks (DRP), Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Enoch Pratt Free Library, William Paca Elementary School, community partners, neighborhood organizations, residents and businesses has been on-going. This project has the full support of both Councilman Kraft and Branch.
Additional, allocated, Library Square Funding:
- $8,000 from The Baltimore Community Foundation to be used for: place-making, community events, marketing
- $30,000 from the Baltimore Revitalization Neighborhoods Initiative-to install a low-decorative fence on the Fayette Street side of the park
- $10,000 From the Baltimore Revitalization Neighborhoods Initiative- to provide matching façade improvement grants to small businesses at Library Square
- $600 from the Baltimore Community Foundation to Patterson Park Audubon Center to support the installation of the 201 N Lakewood garden
- $7,289 from BGE to Patterson Park Audubon Center to implement Wildlife Gardening Workshops in Library Square
- $2,500 Install Teaching Garden at 201 N Lakewood- BCF and the Mitzfa fund
- $25,000 Drain area revitalization/traffic calming with DOT and Councilman Kraft
In case you missed the news, below is a snapshot of recent Library Square happenings:
PPNA North Sector VP collaborated with Baltimore Housing Code Enforcement’s Legal Section to demolish the rat infested property on the vacant lot across from Library Square and William Paca Elementary School to make room for a new bird habitat and teaching garden. She also brought volunteers from University of Baltimore honors students to help prep for the new Audubon habitat/teaching native garden and clean and green Library Square as part of University of Baltimore’s Community Service Day.
The Public Allies Trash Blast Resource Fair & Audubon Native Garden planting took place on Saturday, June 14th. An estimated 30 volunteers executed the instillation of the garden and an estimated 140 volunteers participated in the Trash Blast pick up.
A petition is being completed to reverse the traffic flow on Pulaski in order to eliminate speeding thru traffic and large trucks travelling along Library Square’s north side.
There has been ongoing collaboration with Department of Transportation, Banner Neighborhoods and the FOLS design committee to implement a street art and sculpture installation, planters, additional trash cans, seating, bike racks, and other improvements by this Labor Day.
Many stakeholders have been participating in discussions regarding the consolidation of the bus stops along Library Square and the potential for a Farmer’s Market in Library Square.
No longer satisfied with being a pathway to somewhere else, Library Square will be a unique community and ecological destination that is beautiful, safe and vibrant. Cared for well into the 21st century, Library Square will connect people to place, nature and one another. We have a plan, community support, and the funding to transform Library Square within the next couple of years!
Join us! The Friends of Library Square meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Patterson Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Library from 6pm-8pm. Delicious food is always provided. Contact Anthony Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Library Square Revitalization Plan, contact design committee members Kelly McPhee at email@example.com or Kim Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the grant: http://dnr.maryland.gov/trustfund/capitalgrants.asp
For more information about Blue Water Baltimore: http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org/