Throughout the winter, spring and summer of the first COVID year, as Baltimoreans and the world hunkered down to avoid the virus, Bolton Hill residents were blessed to be able to exercise, take their children to play and unwind at the sprawling green space on Laurens Street known as Arnold E. Sumpter Park.
Friday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 pm, is the last in the popular summer Arts in the Parks series of free concerts. They were hosted in neighborhood outdoor settings by BHCA and adjacent Marble Hill and Madison Park community associations.
BHCA in partnership with the Madison Park Improvement Association has received a $15,000 grant for a Green Streets Concept Plan from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to identify opportunities in three adjoining spaces; 1420 Eutaw Park, 1400-1500 Eutaw Place Median Park, and Mosher Plaza Park.
The idea for the garden grew out of fear that the Chesapeake Bay Trust would decline the Watershed Assistance Grant request for $75,000, from the school Parent Teacher Organization, for a major de-paving and greening of the Mount Royal Elementary/ Middle School yard on McMechen Street.
That declaration acts as a preface to BHCA’s new strategic plan for Bolton Hill, the first such document in 15 years, intended to guide the association in establishing priorities and interacting with city government and private interests. The 21-page plan was unanimously adopted by the BHCA board at its April Zoom meeting.