Rendering of Druid Hill Park Outdoor Aquatic Center (Baltimore City)
Rendering of Druid Hill Park Outdoor Aquatic Center (Baltimore City)

Baltimore City government owns four downtown parking garages. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants to sell them off, and use the money to fund construction at the city’s rec centers and pools.

On Tuesday, Rawlings-Blake outlined a $136 million plan for building improvements that would reopen rec centers that currently need renovations, and create new facilities. A total of 11 new centers would come online. A website created for the city’s rec center plans, called Destination Active, provides a glimpse at plans for fitness centers in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Cherry Hill, and a pool in Druid Hill Park.

Rawlings-Blake made a similar proposal involving selling parking garages earlier this year. But City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wouldn’t budge on the proposal because he wanted it include a pair of “super rec centers” for the east and west side, respectively, according to a Baltimore Sun article from March. The city owns a total of 17 parking garages.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.