With the opening of a refurbished Rash Field Park, Mayor Brandon Scott promises to continue investing in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
by Ed Gunts
Published November 5 in Baltimore Fishbowl
Excerpt: With skateboard in hand, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott was one of the first to try out Jake’s Skate Park, one of the highlights of Rash Field Park, which will officially reopen tomorrow after a $16.8 million makeover.
More than 200 people gathered today to mark completion of the 2.5-acre first-phase of a two-phase refurbishment of the 7.5-acre public park on the south shore of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, between the Maryland Science Center and the Rusty Scupper Restaurant.
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, which led the revitalization effort along with the city’s parks department, has planned a two days of activities this weekend to celebrate the reopening, including sunrise and afternoon yoga, music, biking, a garden discovery, a skate party and a demo with pro skater Joey Jett.
But the park was full of activity today even before kids from the Solo Gibbs Recreation Center in South Baltimore joined with Scott and other civic leaders to cut a green vine to celebrate the opening.
“This is a nature park, so we have a vine to cut, not a red ribbon,” explained Laurie Schwartz, president and chief executive of the Waterfront Partnership. The park makeover is one of the most significant capital projects Schwartz has spearheaded in a public service career that has spanned four decades.
New Park in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Opens This Weekend
by Elizabeth Shwe
Published November 5 in Maryland Matters