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Buy A Tree, Celebrate 150 Years At Druid Hill Park

150 trees for 150 years

To honor the 150th Anniversary of Druid Hill Park, the Friends of Druid Hill, Tree Baltimore and the Green Ambassador will plant 150 trees near the Zoo Mansion House, the original mansion on the estate.

150 trees in Druid Hill Park – one could be yours!

For a donation of $150, The Friends of Druid Hill Park will plant your tree. The tree type will vary depending on the needs of the park.

In return for your donation, you’ll receive:

– A tree planted in the park
– Maintenance of your tree for two years, including watering
– Recognition of your donation

To make a donation, CLICK HERE.


Park(ing) Day Observed in Baltimore

Park(ing) Day Observed in Baltimore

PARK(ing) Day
Parking spaces around the globe to be temporarily reclaimed for people

September 17, 2010 — 11:00am – 7:00pm
At three locations in Baltimore City

Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure.

Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide grassroots movement: PARK(ing) Day 2009 included more than 700 “PARK” installations in more than 140 cities in 21 countries on six continents. This year, the project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe, including the first-ever PARK installation in Tehran, Iran. “Urban inhabitants worldwide recognize the need for new approaches to making the urban landscape,” says Rebar’s John Bela. “PARK(ing) Day demonstrates that even temporary or interim spatial reprogramming can improve the character of the city.”

PARK(ing) Day is a grassroots, “open-source” invention built by independent groups around the globe who adapt the project to champion creative, social or political causes that are relevant to their local urban conditions.

Locations in Baltimore:

EDSA Landscape Architecture Firm
EDSA Inc. is a landscape architecture firm whose mission is to create sustainable places to live, work and play. Look for the “Guerrilla PARK” at EDSA.

Floura Teeter
FTLA’s PARK(ing) Day installation will take root in three metered parking spaces in front of Floura Teeter’s downtown office at 306 W. Franklin Street from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. FTLA staffers will transform three normal blacktop metered parking spaces into a temporary urban oasis with grass, trees and plants. FTLA’s installation is open to the public and will offer snacks and lawn games in addition to ongoing tours of a simulated living roof.

Windup Space
The Parks & People Foundation is teaming up with Baltimore community artist Marian April Glebes to create an outdoor installation for PARK(ing) Day.

Find these locations – MAP.

For more information on PARK(ing) Day 2010, go to


Lady Goldfinch In A Baltimore City Garden

Lady Goldfinch On A Binge In A Baltimore City Garden


Support Baltimore City Parks -Attend An Event This Weekend!

Support Baltimore City Parks

Due to proposed budget cuts, Baltimore City parks are scrambling to find ways to make do with less.  You can support our Baltimore City Department of Recreation And Parks in a number of ways, such as using the parks as your work out location, making a donation, or attending a park event.  With so many things going on this weekend, there are many excuses to visit a Baltimore City park before the week’s end and help keep our green spaces green.

Events at Baltimore City Parks this weekend:

Cylburn Arboretum

Cylburn Tours
June 6, 12pm – 3pm
Begin at the  Cylburn Arboretum-Vollmer Center
Join Cylburn docents for an hour long tour of the grounds or take a cell phone tour on your own.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Druid Hill Park

Keep Your Cool Family Fun Fair!
Saturday, June 5th , Druid Hill Park, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Ride Around the Reservoir
Every Saturday 10:00 to Noon.
Borrow a bike at Druid Hill Reservoir across from the basketball courts.
$2 Donations are appreciated.

Gwynns Falls/ Leakin Park

Found Foods in the Great Outdoors
June 5th at Carrie Murray Nature Center, 12 – 2pm
Join a naturalist on a hike and gather edible plants and flowers.
Please pre-register. Admission is $4/adults and $2/children 5 and under.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Guided Bike Ride
June 5th
Leaves I-70 at 8AM return by 10AM
Ride through woodlands along the Gwynns Falls Trail to Carroll Park.
Discover the waterfalls and maybe a deer, a fox or a heron searching for fish.
Bring your bike, helmet and water.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Guided Bird Walk
June 5th on the woodland trails in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park from 8AM to 11AM.
Expert birders lead a group from the Trailhead 3 on Windsor Mill Road.
For more information, CLICK HERE.

Patterson Park

Fishing Festival at the Lake
Saturday, June 5th from 10am-1pm
Patterson Park Lake

Polish Festival
June 4, 5, & 6th at the Pulaski Monument
Patterson Park, Eastern & Linwood Ave
For more info, CLICK HERE.

Baltimore City Parks Photo Contest

Baltimore City Parks Photo Contest

Baltimore City Parks, Our Passion 2010

Deadline: May 31

The Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is sponsoring a citywide photo contest!  Enter the contest with a photograph that captures the beauty and/or activity of any Baltimore City Park.  Entries will be accepted in the categories of “wildlife, including pets” “plants,” “landscapes and structures” and “people.”  Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place winners in each category, as well as a grand prize.  For details and the registration form, CLICK HERE.

Winning entries will be exhibited in the Orianda House in Leakin Park from June 13-­‐July 11, 2010. Cash prizes to be awarded.


National Aquarium Unveils Plans For Waterfront Park In Baltimore

National Aquarium Unveils Plans For Waterfront Park In Baltimore

Native Garden At National Aquarium

From Timothy B. Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun (excerpts):

The National Aquarium unveiled plans today for a waterfront park along a contaminated shore of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, saying the $5.4 million project could help revitalize the blighted area of South Baltimore.

The aquarium acquired the 20-acre Middle Branch tract four years ago from the city for a new Center for Aquatic Life and Conservation it planned to build there. Construction of the center has been shelved until the economy improves, aquarium executives say, but the cleanup and park development are going forward.

The EPA awarded a $200,000 “brownfields” cleanup grant to the aquarium for the project.

The park, which is to include walking and biking trails, a pier and overlooks, is slated to be completed by next spring.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.