When we preserved McAllister Park in Greenmount West a few weeks ago, a long-time resident noted, “The sound of children playing in the street is more aggressive; in the park, it’s more adventurous.” What does it take to ensure that a community’s hard work can endure as a lasting refuge?
Countless resources and hours of neighborhood work go into Baltimore’s more than 200 community green spaces. When Baltimore Green Space preserves a community garden, park, or forest patch, both we and the community will be committed to the space forever. We now preserve 10 of Baltimore’s treasured spaces. We’re honored to be trusted with this responsibility.
Because our commitment to green spaces is a long-term commitment, the application process is a serious undertaking. What should you expect if your neighborhood applies?
The application process involves many conversations – because you should get to know us well before you trust us to protect and own a space that so much love and energy have gone into. It also involves a lot of research, so we can ensure that the land is safe for community use, has true community support, and that the community is truly ready for all that forever means. Through this process we get to know the folks with the bold hearts and minds who sustain green spaces amid the bricks and bustle of Baltimore’s day-to-day rhythms.
In the course of our due diligence proceedings, we rarely uncover environmental issues that prevent a site from moving forward with preservation – though we have discovered obstacles that need to be addressed, such as keeping the site neater or amending slightly elevated levels of lead in the soil.
Once sites are safely through our due diligence process and receive a green light vote from our board, we generally apply to the City of Baltimore for preservation. At times the process is quick, but often the procedures associated with a property make the process take some time. A little bit of time is a small price to pay to successfully protect a green space forever.
For more information or to set up an application consultation email [email protected].