Green Space Resources

Starting a Green Space in Baltimore

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500 N. Block Duncan Street Community Garden, protected since 2012.

If you want to start a new green space in Baltimore, here are some resources:

  • Our own handout, Start and Keep a Community Green Space, is a short pep talk for project leaders.
  • How to Help Resident Greeners is a tip sheet just for community organizers.
  • The Master Gardener program of the University of Maryland Extension helps neighborhood groups plan a greening project, locate the resources to get it done, and learn the principles of sustainable gardening.
  • Parks & People offers financial and technical assistance to help community-based groups transform, activate, or maintain public parks and green spaces as places for communities to grow, learn, play and enjoy. Any community groups seeking advice, resources or assistance for a greening project can contact Parks & People for help here to tell them about your group and your project.

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Baltimore City Policy on Preserving Community-Managed Open Spaces

Baltimore Green Space worked with Baltimore City government to develop a City policy that favors the preservation of neighborhoods’ urban oases.


Research

A picture’s worth a thousand words — and so is a research finding. Here are links to academic papers that show how or why community-managed open spaces provide a broad range of benefits to their communities: