Patterson Park News

Tonight’s the Night – Tickets still available for the PPNA Gala!


It’s tonight Saturday March 7 -  the PPNA “Roar into Spring” Gala – 8:30 at the Patterson Park Public Charter School. Online ticket sales are closed, but tickets are available at the door – $40 Cash, Check, Charge.

Come join your neighbors for a great night of music, dancing, food and drinks (included in ticket price), and a great Silent Auction! Can’t think of a better way to break out of the winter blues, have a great time with old neighbors and new friends, and support your neighborhood at the same time – see you there!

PPNA Fundraiser Day at Loading Dock 2/27

Reminding neighbors to mark your calendar for this coming Saturday, when Loading Dock Liquors will be supporting the PPNA with a fundraiser. Make your purchase and mention Patterson Park Neighborhood Association and we’ll see 10% of the pretax total of your receipt. Loading Dock Liquors is at 2120 Fleet Street, and has been a great friend of the PPNA as we plan for the March 7 Gala (get your tickets, less than two weeks away!).


Thursday, Dec 18th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Breath of God Lutheran Church, 141 S Clinton St

Neighbors in Baltimore are forming a Solar Co-op to go solar as a group and get a discount. Join us to learn more about the basics of solar and how the co-op works!

Based on the same principal as buying in bulk, the co-op will go through the process of purchasing solar systems together. The group will select a single contractor to install systems on all of the homes, but each participant owns their own system and will sign their own contract with the chosen installer.

By going solar as a group, members will save 30% off the cost of a solar system. They’ll also have the support of the co-op throughout the process instead of having to go it alone. The co-op is being organized by Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore program and Maryland SUN. Anyone located in Baltimore City and Baltimore County is welcome to join. Come to the information session, or call your personal Energy Advocate at: 410-929-6139 or

Trusted information from your personal Energy
• Advocate to help you decide if going solar is right
for you
• Free step-by-step guidance throughout the solar
installation process

• Save 70% off the cost of going solar by taking
advantage of the co-op discount, federal tax credit,
solar renewable energy credits, and state grants
• Final cost of between $4,500 and $8,000, depending
on the size of your solar system

• Contractor selected through a competitive Request
for Proposals process, to ensure the highest quality
work at the best price
• Confidence of working with trusted non-profit
organizations advocating on your behalf

12-18-14 Solar Info Session Flyer (Color)

Solar Panels & Cool Roof

Patterson Park Home & Garden Tour 2014

Event: 2014 Patterson Park Home and Garden Tour

When: Sat, September 27, 11am – 3pm

Where: Baltimore’s Best Park — Patterson Park!

Description: Take a peek into our neighbors’ beautiful and unique homes and gardens when the Patterson Park Home and (for the first time ever) Garden Tour takes place Saturday, September 27, from 11am to 3pm. Over a dozen homes and gardens will be open for this self-guided tour.

Tickets for sale in front of BistroRx at 2901 E. Baltimore St. and Grace’s Acre at 101 N. Patterson Park Ave for $15, $12 in advance. With a ticket purchase, customers will receive a tour booklet which features descriptions of the homes along with a tour map. Last ticket will be sold at 3pm. Raffles and specials will be at BistroRx and there will be a Block Party on the Unit Block of Potomac starting at 6pm. Spend the day in Patterson Park. You will never want to leave.

If you would like information about advertising in the Tour booklet (or any other information), please contact Kim Wiggins by phone or text at 443-812-5343, or email at . Please include your name, the name of your business, your address and phone number in the email.

Coming Soon…A Cleaner, Greener Library Square


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

For more information about the Library Square Revitalization Plan, contact design committee members Kelly McPhee at or Kim Schaefer at

For more information about the grant:
For more information about Blue Water Baltimore: