We currently protect 9 spaces!
Pigtown Horseshoe Pit
The Pigtown Horseshoe Pit sits at 1217 Bayard Street. For about 30 years, neighborhood residents have held horseshoe tournaments, played games, and hosted barbecues on this narrow lot. A colorful mural on the bordering wall depicts three neighborhood residents playing horseshoes.
Upper Fells Point
The Upper Fell’s Point Community Garden (1827 E. Pratt Street) is a real gem to neighborhood residents as it is the only green space in their community. The entrance is bordered by a mosaic sidewalk with pervious stone and mosaic insets created by local children. The main pathway is lined with 16 beautiful plots filled with scrumptious vegetables and herbs, and luscious flowers, and are maintained by community residents. Also, the garden provides food for many wildlife species including birds, bats, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. The garden space is often used for community activities such as potlucks, happy hours, community work days and a progressive dinner. For further information contact the garden manager at communitygarden [AT] upperfellspoint.org or visit www.upperfellspoint.org.
Brentwood Commons is a lovely gathering space for the community, with plantings of trees, flowers, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. This open space is used by neighbors year round: picnics, cook-outs and play in the spring, summer and fall; building snowmen in the winter – and for contemplating the beauty of nature any time. It is cared for by the community. For more information contact Lowell Larsson at 1816Brentwood [AT] gmail.com or call us at 443-695-7504.
Duncan Street Miracle Garden
The Duncan Street Miracle Garden is a half-acre food garden, covering the 1800 block of Duncan Street. The garden grows a large variety of fruits and vegetables, and gardeners from various Baltimore neighborhoods come here to tend their plots. The food is often donated to churches and soup kitchens. Picnic tables, painted birdhouses and colorful flowers make this garden a beautiful place to work. For further information, contact the garden manager at 410-598-8610 or visit their Facebook page.
500 North Duncan Street Community Garden
The 500 North Duncan Street Community Garden is a beautiful oasis in the midst of blocks of vacant housing and an environment dominated by concrete. This community food garden features artistic elements such as a colorful mural and a collection of bird houses. This exuberant garden extends down the street, with containers filled with flowers and other plant life. It is cared for by many of the elders in the community, feeds the neighbors, and serves as an educational space for young people. For more information, contact Ivy Parsons at parsons [AT] mica.edu or give us a call at 443-996-3811.
Charles M. Halcott Square
Charles M. Halcott Square is a sitting garden at 104 South Duncan Street in Butchers Hill. It’s also known as “The Miracle in the Middle,” so named by a neighborhood grandmother. Established in the 1970s, the park was officially named in honor and memory of local activist and Recreation and Parks employee Charles M. Halcott. Along with decorative brick work, the garden is filled with flowers, ornamental plantings and trees. Benches, tables and sitting areas make the park popular for formal and informal community gatherings. Besides these lovely physical elements- luna moths, woodcock, foxes and other wildlife have been seen there. You might wonder how they find the place in the middle of the city. “We have a pair of lungs in here,” says Steve Young the garden manager. For further information, contact Steve at young [AT] umbc.edu.
The Remington Village Green
Founded in 2008, the Remington Village Green (2812-2822 Fox Street) is a space for growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and flowers, to promote community participation, wellness, and sustainable food practices. A rotating cast of about 25 gardeners cultivate and beautify the garden, and host events such as cookouts, art days, and Easter egg hunts. Community plantings such as fruit trees (fig, peach, pear, cherry, and plum), berries (blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries), asparagus, herbs, and hibiscus are enjoyed by all. Partners include Parks and People, the Church of the Guardian Angel, the Greater Remington Improvement Association, and the Center for Social Concern at Johns Hopkins. The gardeners hope to offer even more art, gardeneducation, and community celebration, and be an example of how hands-on neighborhood improvement efforts bring beauty and liveliness to formerly discarded spaces. For more information, contact Ashlie Kauffman at remingtonvillagegreen [AT] gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.
Mount Clare Street Community Garden
Mount Clare Street Community Garden, half a block from the Hollins Street Market at 1017 Boyd Street, was established in 1999. The garden grew out of a neighbor’s desire to be self-reliant, attract wildlife, beautify the neighborhood and eat organic food. Over the years, residents of the Hollins Roundhouse and Union Square neighborhoods who shared that vision created, among other things, two goldfish ponds aerated by a solar-powered pump and covered by a grape arbor, a chicken aviary, a Buddhist pagoda tool shed, a birdbath, and stone sculptures. Gardeners also contributed perennials, fruit trees and improved soils. Approximately half the garden is open to passers-by. Wildlife observed include raccoon, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks, Baltimore orioles, brown thrashers, winter wrens, hermit thrushes, monarch and tiger swallowtail butterflies, praying mantis, yellow and black garden spiders. Chickens and Charmer the cat keep watch over the garden. Check out their website at https://mtclarestreetcommunitygarden.wordpress.com/ or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mtcscommunitygarden/.
Victorine Q. Adams Memorial Garden
The Victorine Q. Adams Memorial Garden is a vegetable garden and community gathering space located on the 3200 block of Vickers Road. The garden is named for Victorine Q. Adams, a beloved community member and civic leader, and the first African American woman on Baltimore’s City Council. The garden was founded in 2008 by members of the 3200 Carlisle Block Association, Inc., and has grown into a place where the community grows food, works with youth, and enjoys spiritual renewal. For further information, contact Warren Shaw at 3200carlisle [AT] comcast.net.