Baltimore Green Space acquires community-managed open spaces and provides support to those who care for them.
More than ever, our green spaces are under threat of development.
When community managed green spaces meet preservation criteria, as a nonprofit land trust, we’re able to acquire city owned properties for $1. We take care of the overhead and enter into a land trust agreement with communities to hold it in their name. This allows communities to ensure that their urban oases endure without taking on the responsibilities of acquisition and ownership.
Baltimore Green Space also provides basic liability coverage for volunteers who care for the site and provide technical assistance to help spaces flourish.
Applicants meet with Baltimore Green Space. Your site must be 5 years or older to be considered for the land trust.
The Site Manager answers questions about the community, the site, and partner organizations active in the site.
If Baltimore Green Space’s Land Transactions committee and board votes to proceed with research, BGS enters into an Interim Agreement with the site manager, assistant site manager, and partner organization.
At this point, our Baltimore Green Space team gathers information to decide whether the site meets our preservation criteria. This includes a Baseline Survey to get a clear picture of the site’s role, future, and potential challenges, and an Environmental Questionnaire that asks questions like, “has there ever been hazardous waste on the site?”
BGS takes photos of the site, gathers Google images, and obtains historical map. We gather SDAT information, conduct a title search, and look at land records.
If the Baltimore Green Space Board votes to acquire, the property is transferred from the City or private owners to BGS.
Once the acquisition is complete, BGS will enter into a management agreement with the Site Manager and Community Partner.
Baltimore Green Space makes annual site visits and provides technical assistance. Hooray!