Patterson Park News

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.

En Español (pdf)

Fluid Movement Coming to Patterson Park Aug. 3rd

Fluid Movement returns with its 12th annual water ballet and, this time, it’s personal! It’s Moby Dick, or The Water Ballet! Join the ranks of Baltimore’s sparkly-and-ironic synchronized swimmers as they harpoon the most diabolical Spermaceti known to man or mermaid, the White Whale himself, Moby Dick! Our man Ishmael recounts the ill-fated final voyage of the Pequod under the monomaniacal direction of Ahab as he searches mid the rolling waves and the steaming chowder for signs of his nautical nemesis! Will he, or Starbuck, or Pip, or that other guy—you know, the one with the squint and the impenetrable brogue—will any of them ever make it back to Nantucket alive? Will life ever be the same after you experience the splendors of the open sea—the vast biodiversity beneath the brine, the thrill of rendering blubber, the sense of self-fulfillment that only knot-mastery can convey—without leaving the comforts of your favorite Baltimore City Public Pool?

Fluid Movement in Action

Where and When:
Druid Hill Park Pool, July 27th at 5:00 PM and July 28th at 5:00 and 7:00 (Buy tickets! The July 27th show is half price!)
Patterson Park Pool, August 3rd and 4th at 5:00 and 7:00 PM (Buy tickets!)
Doors open 30 minutes before each show

Tickets are $10, $5 for the July 27th show, $5 for city pool pass holders, and are available at Brown Paper Tickets (click here to buy for the first weekend, click here to buy for the second weekend) and at the door.

Maryland Crab Feast – June 22nd

Banner Neigfhborhoods Crab Feast

Join your neighbors Saturday, June 22 at 1pm at 2900 E. Fayette Street for an old-school Maryland crab feast sponsored by Banner Neighborhoods.

All-you-can-eat crabs, hushpuppies, corn, sides, and locally crafted beer! Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. All proceeds go to the new Banner Neighborhoods Community Center.

To get more info or order tickets, email info@bannerneighborhoods.org or call 410-585-8810.

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