Druid Hill

Walking, biking and riding to Druid Park: “Complete Streets” planning gets underway

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Baltimore transportation officials are working on a series of Complete Streets projects around Druid Hill Park.

Baltimore is reimagining what the busy thoroughfares running along Druid Hill Park could look like in the future and asking for residents’ input to make the park friendlier for bicycles, scooters and pedestrians.

The Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets planning and concept design project is mapping out neighborhood priorities as the city transportation department works to improve the roadway for all types of transportation.

With underground water storage tanks installed, planning for Druid Hill Park shoreline amenities gets underway

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The construction of new underground reservoir tanks at Druid Hill Park is near completion, so planning of shoreline amenities can begin.

As a massive reconstruction of a Baltimore reservoir at Druid Hill Park nears completion, the project is set to move to a new phase: reimagining a destination shoreline with artwork, swimming, biking and other amenities for city residents.

In the meantime, Baltimoreans and commuters can expect a reprieve from construction and roadwork before the next stage gets underway.

Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants at The Rawlings Conservatory

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From now until October 27, stop by The Rawlings Conservatory to discover the Carnivorous Plant Display featuring Pitcher Plants. Open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The plants, many of which live in nutrient-poor soil, like in bogs and mossy cloud forests, have adapted to attract, trap, and kill prey to absorb nutrients. View the wide variety of trap shapes and colors, and features such as sticky surfaces, digestive enzymes, and hairs that trigger movement. Specimen plants will be on display in the Orchid Room. Admission is free. A $5 per person donation is recommended and appreciated. A limited number of carnivorous plants will be for sale during the duration of the show.

Rec and Parks drags feet on accessibility work for intersections outside Druid Hill Park

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An unfinished sidewalk in the middle of the intersection at Gwynns Falls Parkway and Auchentoroly Terrace. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

“I’m running out of options,” said Auchentoroly Terrace resident Graham Coreil-Allen.

CHAP hears competing visions honoring Baltimore musician Cab Calloway

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The house at 2216 Druid Hill Ave. Photo courtesy of CHAP.

A former home to Baltimore musician Cab Calloway could be a major attraction in Baltimore and a potential “world heritage” landmark if it is preserved for future generations, his grandson Peter Brooks told Baltimore’s preservation commission Tuesday.

But the surrounding community supports a plan to demolish the structure, where Calloway lived for about five years in his youth, and replace it with a public park named after the musician, according to leaders of the Druid Heights Community Development Corp.

Pride 2019 in photos

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Photo by Tedd Henn

One of the oldest Pride celebrations in the country, Baltimore’s tradition now brings out tens of thousands each year to celebrate love, peace and progress for the LGBTQ+ community.

City withdraws proposal to build 180-foot cell tower in Druid Hill Park

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Design option 1 for the proposed tower: A Monopine-covered antenna in Druid Hill Park. Photo via letter from Advantage Environmental Consultants to CHAP.

Pressed by West Baltimore community groups who didn’t want to see a 180-foot-tall cell tower distract from the mostly natural landscape of Druid Hill Park, city officials have withdrawn their proposal that was set to go before Baltimore’s preservation board.

Amid neighbors’ opposition, panel postpones hearing on 180-foot telecom tower proposed for Druid Hill Park

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Option 1 proposed by the city: A Monopine-covered tower in Druid Hill Park. Photo via letter from Advantage Environmental Consultants to CHAP.

Baltimore’s Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation is delaying a public hearing on the city’s proposal to erect a telecommunications tower in Druid Hill Park, days after neighbors voiced their displeasure at the thought of a 180-foot-tall pole altering sight lines of the historic 745-acre space.

DOT wants to study bringing more Complete Streets design to the roads around Druid Hill Park

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Locals traveling on the Big Jump. Credit: Side A Photography.

With the multi-modal Big Jump already installed on Druid Park Lake Drive, giving cyclists and pedestrians a protected lane along a busy thoroughfare, the Baltimore Department of Transportation is putting out a request for proposals to bring more elements of Complete Streets design to the roads surrounding Druid Hill Park.

Celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Baltimore’s Rawlings Conservatory on Friday, Dec 7

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Conservatory Holiday Party
2018 Poinsettia Display at Rawlings Conservatory. Photo Credit: Glen Mendels 2018

To honor the 130th anniversary of the historic Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, the Friends of Rawlings Conservatory, in partnership with the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Department of Parks and Recreation, will host an exclusive cocktail party in the Conservatory on Friday, December 7, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Themed as “A Glistening Winter’s Evening in Baltimore’s Glass Palace,” the event will feature crafted cocktails, festive hors d’oeuvres, and live jazz. The evening also coincides with the Conservatory’s annual holiday poinsettia display, which will showcase a spectacular variety of that signature holiday flower, complete with a grand decorated tree. Tickets to this event are available for a minimum donation of $75.00 per person and can be purchased here – http://www.rawlingsconservatory.org/130th-birthday-party/. Funds raised by the event will help support to support public activities at this historic site.

Save the Date – The 9th Annual John K. Gutierrez Memorial Walk Saturday, October 20th

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Gutierrez Memorial Walk

The 9th Annual Gutierrez Memorial Walk will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at Clipper Mill for a walk through Druid Hill Park. Enjoy live music by Caleb Stine, food by Woodberry Kitchen and beverages by Union Craft Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Gutierrez Memorial Fund, a 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting the arts and community in Maryland. For more information, visit GutierrezMemorialFund.com

Event Pick: A basketball tourney honoring Sherron Bogues at Druid Hill Park

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Image via Facebook

For the third year running, Baltimore basketball legend and retired NBA star Muggsy Bogues is bringing a basketball tournament to his hometown. It’s all in honor of his sister Sherron, who helped steer Baltimore City Recreation and Parks’ basketball and football programs for more than three decades.

Amid construction on Druid Lake Reservoir, city to install pedestrian, bike paths connecting Remington and Reservoir Hill

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The new planned layout for Druid Park Lake Drive, eastbound. Image via Bikemore.

In its present sprawling state, Druid Park Lake Drive “acts as a divider”—”a moat,” even—for pedestrians and residents living near Druid Hill Park, Councilman Leon Pinkett says. “The speed and the width of that corridor doesn’t allow communities of West Baltimore…to really access the park in the way that it should.”

But with Baltimore’s Department of Transportation already set to close off lanes along the thoroughfare to make way for construction equipment for the ongoing Druid Lake Reservoir project, the city is trying a temporary experiment that Pinkett suggests is a “win-win.”

Greenlaurel: Carver Vo-Tech Students Build Wood Sculpture for Druid Hill Park’s ‘Nature Play Space’

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Carver Vo-Tech seniors Marc Bostic and Keyashia Holt, juniors Jason Turnage and Levi Davis, and their teacher, Greg McDevitt, show off their new wood sculpture.

Using natural elements like downed trees, logs and willow branch tunnels, so-called nature play spaces parks are a new trend in playgrounds — and Baltimore has joined the movement.

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