Patterson Park News

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 coordinator@pattersonparkneighbors.org . 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 anthony.newman@bannerneighborhoods.org.

For more information about the Library Square Revitalization Plan, contact design committee members Kelly McPhee at vpnorth@pattersonparkneighbors.org or Kim Schaefer at kims@terralogos.com.

For more information about the grant: http://dnr.maryland.gov/trustfund/capitalgrants.asp
For more information about Blue Water Baltimore: http://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org/

PPNA Greening Partnership Update

The Patterson Park Neighborhood Greening Partnership (PPNGP) threw serious shade in June!10151365_851214904905032_2045748111_n

Partnering with Friends of Library Square, Public Allies, Banner Neighborhoods and the Department of Public works, PPNGP staged a Resource Fair and Trash Blast in Library Square. Neighbors and volunteers gathered to clean the square and adjoining alleys. 311 tickets were submitted for bulk trash. PPNGP gave away 13 trash cans and 21 recycle bins and collected valuable information on ongoing trash issues in the neighborhood.

PPNGP also joined with the Patterson Park Audubon Center, Civic Works, Banner Neighborhoods and neighborhood volunteers to complete a Bird Habitat/Teaching Garden at 201 N. Lakewood, greatly improving the quality of life for the neighborhood and William Paca Elementary students and showcasing one amazing mural. Take a walk and check it out!

A LOT (seriously) of GREEN!

This winter (and part of spring), PPNGP committee members spent an inordinate amount of time writing an extensive grant proposal for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Chesapeake Bay Trust released that 34 projects were awarded $3.7 million dollars for efforts to clean and green communities that affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. PPNGP is proud to announce it has been awarded $250,000, one of the largest awards overall, for various impactful projects in the Patterson Park neighborhood.

PPNGP has begun neighborhood outreach to inform the neighbors of the pending installation of pilot blue alleys via a partnership between Blue Water Baltimore, Biohabitats and Baltimore City. These blue alleys will be constructed of a permeable material that both reduces local flooding and cleans water runoff before it hits the Bay.

Finally, PPNGP joined with Banner Neighborhoods to begin renovations on their new offices.

To join in future activities, be sure to like the PPNGP’s Facebook page (Patterson Park Neighborhood Greening Partnership) or email greening@pattersonparkneighbors.org.

Patterson Park Alley & Curb Construction

Blue Water Baltimore, in partnership with Baltimore City, Biohabitats, and the Center for Watershed Protection, is working in our neighborhood to install several innovative stormwater management systems that will significantly help improve the Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.  Stormwater is the primary Bay pollutant coming from urban areas, and it is the only Bay pollutant that is still on the rise.

Construction in our neighborhood is scheduled to start within the next few weeks (summer of 2014).

This notice is also meant to provide answers to the more frequent questions we have received:

Q.  What is the cost to residents?
A.  Thanks to grant funding from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, there is no cost to residents.

Q.  How long will the construction take?
A.  Alley construction is expected to take approximately 3-4 weeks per alley.  Curb construction is expected to take 2 weeks per curb bump-out.

Q.  How will construction impact us?
A.  During construction, alleys will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle access.  Baltimore City DOT is attempting to secure nearby parking for residents who park behind their homes.  DOT is also working with the Bureau of Solid Waste to coordinate alternative trash and recycling pickup locations.

Q.  Who is responsible if there are problems?
A.  Per City code, all contractors working for the City are held responsible for repairing, restoring, rebuilding, or otherwise fixing any damage or injury caused to public or private property, at the contractor’s expense, while constructing or completing any project on behalf of the City of Baltimore.  The City will be responsible for any problems that might arise after the contractor’s warranty period, at no cost to residents.

Q.  Who is responsible for the long-term maintenance of these systems?
A.  The monitoring and maintenance of these systems will be shared between the City and your neighborhood community association.  A Memorandum of Understanding is being developed (with community input) that will outline the specific responsibilities.

For any additional questions or concerns, the following people are available to assist you:

Construction management
Michael Camper
Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Ph: 410-396-6969
Email: Michael.Camper@Baltimorecity.gov

Patterson Park Liaison
Terresa Carter
Ph:  443-204-7763
Email:  terresacarter@yahoo.com

General questions:  
Ashley Traut
Blue Water Baltimore
Ph:  410-254-1577 x103
Email:  atraut@bluewaterbaltimore.org

Piñatas Navideñas & Posada

Piñatas Navideñas y Posada celebrates and continues the joyous Christmas traditions of the Latino community in Southeast Baltimore from November 23 thru January 18.

Working with local Mexican, Bolivian, Honduran, Nicaraguan and Colombian tradition bearers, Mis Raíces, Friend of Pattesron Park, Consejo Hispano, Breath of God Lutheran Church and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Creative Alliance offers piñata-making workshops, an exhibition, videos, and a traditional “posada” procession culminating into a fiesta with song, mariachi, potluck and piñata breaking. For more info about each program, visit creativealliance.org/events/2013/pinatas-navidenas-mis-raices.

· Piñata Exhibition. Nov 23-Jan 18. Opening reception w/ food by Marquee Lounge. Friday Nov 23 5-6pm.

· Advanced piñata making- full build, suggested 12 yrs and older. Materials included. $10-15 suggested donation. Sundays: Dec 8 & 15. 3-6pm.

· Piñata decorating workshop for kids. Materials included. $5-10 suggested donation. Saturday, Dec 14. Noon, 1pm or 2pm.

· Posada procession, piñata breaking, potluck, mariachi & fiesta. Screening of documentary “Piñatas Navideñas y Posadas in Southeast Baltimore” w/ discussion. Friday, Dec 20. 6-8pm. Procession starts at Creative Alliance! Final location of fiesta to be determined.

Creative Alliance’s Piñatas Navideñas y Posada is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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