Inner Harbor

With approval of Rash Field agreement, Waterfront Partnership says work on redesigned park can start this winter

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Rendering from June 6 UDAAP presentation, by Mahan Rykiel Associates

A waterfront transformation years in the making is finally close to breaking ground, with the approval of a management agreement today allowing the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to oversee construction of a new Rash Field.

New water feature planned for McKeldin Square near Inner Harbor

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A rendering of the new fountain at McKeldin Square. Courtesy of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

McKeldin Square is getting a new common area dedicated to its namesake.

A circular stone terrace with a central misting fountain will be installed in the park sandwiched between Pratt and Light streets near Harborplace, and a side wall will honor the man for whom the entire plaza is named, Gov. Theodore McKeldin.

A paved pathway will wind around the perimeter of the fountain, featuring uplighting that changes colors at night, to offer a slightly elevated view.

The Meyerhoffs step in to save the Inner Harbor Ice Rink

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Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

Baltimore’s waterfront tourism hub will not go rink-less this fall, thanks to the ubiquitous philanthropy of the Meyerhoff family.

With no lead sponsor, Inner Harbor ice rink may be a no-show this winter

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Courtesy Waterfront Partnership

After a solid five-year run that’s brought an estimated 65,000-plus visitors, the Inner Harbor’s seasonal ice rink may not be returning this winter.

Where not to drive downtown on July 4

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Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Your instincts as a driver are probably telling you to stay away from the harbor on July 4—what with multiple barges of fireworks, and crowds swarming to come watch them—but since some have asked, here’s what you need to know.

After years of delays, city to begin work on a new Inner Harbor water taxi stop

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Photo by Yu-Jen Shih, via Flickr

Following at least a decade of planning, and nearly four years after designs were first made public, the city is finally moving forward on a new water taxi terminal on Pier 1 in the Inner Harbor.

With Harborplace’s future uncertain, mayor suggests it be ‘torn down and redone’

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Photo by NCinDC, via Flickr

After years of delayed and unfinished renovations at Harborplace, an exodus of vendors and, as of this week, the shopping plaza being placed into receivership, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young says he would rather see the whole thing razed and replaced than continue to flounder.

“I would like to see it really torn down and redone,” Young said at his weekly press briefing this morning. “That would be my preference. But you know, it all costs money.”

Aquarium dolphins’ move from Baltimore may be delayed

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Maya, one seven Atlantic bottlenose dolphins currently residing in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of National Aquarium.

It looks like Baltimore’s dolphins may be around for a little longer than expected.

Baltimore’s newest work of art celebrates ‘Schaefer’s Splash’

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

Amid signs back in 1981 that construction of the National Aquarium might not be finished in time to meet its previously announced June 1 opening date, then-Mayor William Donald “Do It Now” Schaefer vowed that he and board chairman Frank Gunther Jr. would swim in the outdoor seal pool if the building didn’t open on schedule.

The aquarium did miss its opening, and Schaefer kept his promise, donning an old-timey bathing suit and clutching an inflatable rubber duck as he took a dip in the seal pool, going all the way under the water at one point.

City to spend additional $51K on more ladders, safety rings around Inner Harbor

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Photo by soomness, via Flickr

Weeks after a Federal Hill woman’s body was found in the Inner Harbor, and a little over a year after a Vermont man drowned in the water, officials today approved funding for additional safety protections to help prevent drownings.

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