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Baltimore's Urban Forest Project begins!

The Urban Forest Project is coming to Baltimore April 11th-June 28th!

On Wednesday, March 19 the first of 300+ banners was hung at the corner of Patterson Park Ave and Eastern Ave near Patterson Park.

This project by Tilt Studio Inc., brings together 200 artists, designers and College students, 75+ K-12 students, and another 100+ businesses to produce a visual story based on the image of a tree and the idea of sustainability. Each participant was asked to design a banner, to be hung throughout Baltimore City. The banners will lead visitors to Druid Hill Park, Wyman Park Dell, Herring Run Park, Patterson Park and Carroll Park. Each park will have installations and day long events that help to promote and drive traffic to the park.

Keep an eye out for the banners as they are installed in the next few weeks. Check out a map of where the banners will be hung and find out about upcoming events by visiting the Urban Forest Project.

Photo courtesy of Zoe Gensheimer.

Shape Up Parks! April 5, 2008

Plan or volunteer for a park service project in a park near you!

Join Baltimore City Recreation and Parks for Shape Up Parks, our bi-annual volunteer service day, and help get a jump start on spring cleaning.

On Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 9am to 12pm come out to mulch, weed, clean, and paint our parks and playgrounds!

If you are an individual volunteer or a school, church or business group, contact us so we can help connect you with a park project that fits your needs.

If you are a park stewardship group, get in touch with us and we can assist your group in registering your project, planning your activities, and finding additional supplies and volunteers.

This year Shape Up Parks and Project Clean Stream are working together to clean our parks and streams. Visit the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to learn more about how you can get involved with a stream clean up in your area (including the surrounding counties!)

Student Volunteer Day - March 8, 2008

On Saturday, March 8, 2008, over 600 youth volunteers from the Uncharted Student Evangelism Conference spent their Saturday afternoon in the rain helping to mulch, weed, clean, sweep and edge in nine Baltimore City parks. Despite the rainy weather, they helped out the Department of Recreation and Parks and many park stewardship groups get a jump on spring cleaning in the parks!

Monday, April 7 GROWshop - Sustaining Community Involvement

Thanks to all who attended Monday night's GROWshop on Developing a Board of Directors. Over 20 participants enjoyed a great presentation by Amy Coates Madsen, Maryland Association of Nonprofits, and acquired lots of useful information to take back to their groups.

Join Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and Parks & People Foundation on Monday, April 7 for the next GROWshop on "Sustaining Community Involvement", presented by Lane Victorson of the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Learn how to use community organizing techniques to keep the momentum going for your park!

Location: Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, Peach Room, 3001 East Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217 (in Druid Hill Park).

RSVP to green@baltimorecity.gov.

You can download a flyer for this event or click on the link on the sidebar.

The Growing Home Campaign

Greening begins in your own backyard. Increasing tree canopy one tree at a time.

The Growing Home program is an innovative way homeowners can help increase the tree canopy in our region. As part of Baltimore County's Green Renaissance and Baltimore City's Tree Baltimore Initiative, the Growing Home Campaign is a partnership between Baltimore County, Baltimore City, local retail nurseries and garden centers, and homeowners to encourge planting new trees on private residential land. The Growing Home Campaign provides homeowners with education about the multiple benefits of planting trees and a $10 savings on the purchase of qualifying trees.

Plant a tree today and visit the Growing Home website to learn more about this great program!

Mayor Dixon and County Executive Smith announced the campaign at the regional watershed conference on Saturday, March 1 - see the article in the Baltimore Sun.

Supporting volunteer park service projects in Baltimore City parks
Department of Recreation and Parks

3001 East Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217
501(c)(3) account administered by the Baltimore City Foundation