Projects and Improvements

capital projects

In 2019, BCRP prioritized the strategic management of several capital improvement projects. Relying on the funding from the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore and partner donations, BCRP has completed $27 million in capital development projects--with more to come in 2020. 

All Captial projects go through a multi-step lifecycle.

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 Go to: Master PlanningIn Design / Out for Bid /  Under Construction

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 Check out the current status of our completed projects below:  

Harlem Park Recreation Center Reopening

Address: 700 N. Calhoun St. 21217

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Project Manager: Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP

Status Update:

August 2019, Harlem Park Recreation Center in West Baltimore opened its doors to the public for the first time since its closing in 2012. Baltimore City Recreation and Parks in collaboration with the University of Maryland Medical Center restored and renovated the center. New lighting, books, games and sporting equipment, an upgraded multipurpose room, among other updates were added to the center. 

Watch the video from UMMC on how this renovation came together

Baltimore Sun: Article 1, Article 2

WJZ: Article 1, Article 2

WMAR

The AFRO-American

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McKim Park Playground

Address: 1251 E. Fayette St, 21202

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Project Manager: Denise Johnson-Caldwell, MLA, CPSI, NGICP

Status Update:

New playground, basketball court, and walking paths in collaboration with the construction of the Ronald McDonald House.

See Full Plans here

 

Florence Cummings Fitness Equipment

Address: 2501 Maisel St, 21230

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Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

Status Update:

First phase implementation of the Park Master Plan developed with the Westport community. The Ninja-Warrior style fitness course was built in collaboration with KABOOM!

See Final Report here

See Park Equipment

 

Shake & Bake Bowling Alley Renovation

Address: 1601 Pennsylvania Ave, 21217

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Project Managers: Wally Stephenson, Demos Anastasiades, Matt Otremba, and Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP

Status Update:

Complete renovation including 24 regulation bowling lanes, scoring systems, lounge-style seating, concessions, an arcade, and billiards.

Explore Shake and Bake's Page Here!

See images from the opening here

 

Little Italy Bocce Courts

Address: 902 Stiles St, 21202

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Project Manager: Adam Boarman, RLA

Status Update:

Renovation of two existing bocce courts to provide shade, pedestrian seating, lighting, and ADA access while improving court drainage.

See Full Plans here

See images from the opening here

WMAR 2 News

 

ABC/Catherine Street Park, Phase I

Address: 501 S. Catherine Street, 21223

ABC Park

Project Manager: Denise Johnson-Caldwell, MLA, CPSI, NGICP

Status Update Phase I Completed:

See images from the opening here

Watch how this project came together

 

Latrobe Field House

1627 E Fort Ave. 21230

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Project Manager: Adam Boarman, RLA

Status Update:

Originally designed and built in the early 1900s, the 1,665 square feet pavilion will serve as an iconic modern structure for Latrobe Park while maintaining many of the design aesthetics from the original design. The reconstructed building will provide park goers with two new restrooms, storage space, and a performance stage with movie projection capabilities. Latrobe Park was designed and built in 1904 by the Olmsted family, a significant name in the park construction community around the United States, including Central Park. Latrobe Park is not only a historic park in the city of Baltimore but it is located in the historic neighborhood of Locust Point as recognized by the National Historic Register.

See final plans here

South Bmore Article

 

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At this phase in the process, a general contractor has been contracted to implement the improvements as described in construction drawings and written specifications.  Capital Project Managers, Construction Inspectors, and various consultants continually monitor progress, solve problems that arise, provide quality assurance, and approve progress payments to the general contractor.

ABC/Catherine Street Park, Phase II

Address: 501 S. Catherine Street, 21223

ABC Park

Project Manager: Denise Johnson-Caldwell, MLA, CPSI, NGICP

Having held a grand opening of the new park features in September as part of the National Recreation and Parks Convention, we’ve been eagerly anticipating completion of the field house.  The structure, set to open this Spring, will house restrooms, storage, and flexible community space.

See current plans here

 

Bocek Park Rec Center

Address: 3000 E. Madison Street, 21205

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Project Manager: Raymond Nyakoe, RA

  • Complete interior renovation includes a lobby/ teen space, computer lab, restrooms, and community room.  
  • Design accommodations were made for a future gymnasium addition that will allow for expanded programming. 
  • Upcoming park master planning and extensive community outreach will further shape a vision for the park, field layout, and a new location for the outdoor basketball court.

See current plans here

 

Druid Hill Aquatic Center

Address: 3001 East Dr, 21217

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Project Manager: Will Andersen, PLA

Major pool improvements to include a new kiddie splash pool, renovated main pools and mechanical systems, aquatic play structures, and shade features.  To complement the aquatic upgrades, a brand new bathhouse will include restrooms, locker rooms, and concessions.  The re-opening of the pool is projected for the 2022 swim season.

See current plans here

 

Community Feedback Surveys:

Survey #1 - 2/14/20

Survey #2 - 2/18/20

 

Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena

Address: 6101 Hillen Road, 21239

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Project Manager: Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP

A significant renovation of the locker rooms, main bathrooms, lobby, concessions, and exterior entrance sequence

See current plans here

 

Jones Falls Trail – Phase V

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Project Manager: David Tornkvist

  • Stretching from Cylburn Arboretum through Mount Washington Village, this latest section of the trail traverses a wide variety of landscapes and elevation changes.  Of note is the pedestrian bridge over Northern Parkway which has taken on iconic status for the trail that is anticipated for completion this Summer.
  • The Jones Falls Trail originates at the Inner Harbor and includes a total of 10.1 miles constructed by Recreation and Parks with the addition of Phase V

See Progress Images: 1, 2, 3

 

Clifton Park Tennis Courts

Address: 2701 Saint Lo Drive, 21213

Clifton tennis

Project Manager: Will Andersen, PLA

  • Renovation to include 11 tennis courts, new lighting, and ADA access
  • 11 courts will have striping following USTA dimensions
  • 3 courts will have striping Youth USTA
  • 2 courts will have striping for Pickle Ball

See current plans here

 

Cahill Fitness & Wellness Center

Address: 4001 Clifton Avenue, 21216

Cahill Rec

Project Manager: Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP, Marisa Torres

  • New construction of a 35,000 square footage rec center that will include a gymnasium, natatorium, performance theater, fitness studio, and community space.
  • Exterior improvements will include a splash pad and basketball court

See current plans here

Watch our 2019 Year In Review Video to see Cahill's progress

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At this phase, our contract administrator has worked with the project manager and design consultants to prepare a construction document package that will be publically advertised for bid.  Contractors that meet city pre-qualifications for the work and can demonstrate adherence to all City contract requirements, including Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO), goals, wage rates, local hiring, etc. are eligible to bid.

Want to work with the City of Baltimore as a contractor? Click here to pre-qualify. 

Middle Branch Fitness & Wellness Center

Address: Reedbird Avenue, 21225

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Project Manager: Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP 

  • New construction of a 35,000 square footage rec center that will include a gymnasium, natatorium, fitness studios, open fitness, walking track, and community space.
  • Phased exterior improvements will include a synthetic turf multipurpose field, grass athletic fields, walking trails, a playground, dog park, and basketball courts

See current plans here

 

Patterson Park Athletic Field Lighting

Address: 200 Linwood Avenue, 21224

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Project Manager: Christiane Dreisbusch

Lighting upgrades for the multipurpose field at UTZ Twardowicz and two softball diamonds at Ortmann Field.

See current plans here

 

Dypski Park Improvements

Address: 1213 S. Ellwood Avenue, 21224

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Project Manager: Will Andersen, PLA

  • Relocation of an open-air pavilion to Gwynns Falls Leakin Park at Sloman Drive
  • New playground, shelters, benches, bike rack, and decorative water fountain.

Current Budget:  $ 725,000

See current plans here

See pavilion rendering 

 

 

Towanda Recreation Center Renovation

Address: 3000 E. Madison Street 21205

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Project Manager: Raymond Nyakoe, RA

  • A major renovation of the existing multipurpose room, gymnasium, and kitchen.
  • New spaces include a fitness room and a teen lounge.

See current plans here

 

Racheal Wilson Memorial Park Playground

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Address: 129 S. Calverton Road, 21223

Project Manager: Jennifer Zhai

  • New play equipment
  • New Pour-in-place rubber safety surface area

See current plans here

 

Burdick Dog Park

Address: 6300 Walther Avenue, 21206

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Project Manager: Jennifer Zhai

  • New Dog Park within the existing park’s open space.
  • Customized fence and gates.  Repurposed boulders and logs for play features.

See current plans here

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At this point in the process, funded projects are moved by the project manager through the design process, including Schematic Design, Concept Design, Design Development, and Construction Documents.  Community input is a vital part of this process.  When appropriate, projects are submitted to principal review agencies for approval.  Upon full approval, a project can then be advertised for construction and a building permit obtained. At any one time, there are over 50 Capital projects in various stages of planning and design.

Check out the latest projects that are currently in the design phase: 

Easterwood Skatepark

Address: 1530 N. Bentalou St. 21216

Skate Park

Project Manager: Larissa Torres, PLA

  • This new skatepark will expand recreational opportunities at Easterwood Park with between 6,000 and 10,000 square feet of new skate features
  • The first Design Input meeting will take place in October 2020

Review the current designs here

 

Winan’s Meadow Center

Address: 4500 N. Franklintown Road, 21217

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Project Manager: Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP

  • Demolition of the existing restroom building.
  • New Welcome Center for park programs and public restrooms.

See current plans here

 

Reptile House Renovation

Address: Greenspring Avenue and Beechwood Drive, 21215

reptile house

Project Manager: Lance Decker, RA, NCARB, LEED AP

Full interior renovation of the historic Reptile House to create new City office space. The Reptile House was originally a part of the Maryland Zoo as an exhibition site until it closed its doors in 2004. These renovations will be a complete interior transformation into useable office space while maintaining the look and feel of the original building.  

See current plans here

Reptile House History

 

Gwynns Falls Maintenance Yard Improvements

Address: 2905 Hillsdale Road, 21201

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Project Manager: Bivek Poudyal

Major renovation for park staff includes offices, restroom and storage space.

See current plans here

 

Mary E. Rodman Recreation Center Renovation

Address: 3600 W. Mulberry Street, 21229

 

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Project Manager: Bivek Poudyal

  • A significant renovation of interior spaces, restroom upgrades, and air-lock addition.
  • Complete roof replacement.

See current plans here

 

Leakin Park Athletic Fields

Address: 2001 Sloman Drive, 21207

Project Manager: Will Andersen, PLA

  • A new multipurpose artificial turf field to include sports lights and bleachers.
  • New access walks to connect the existing parking lot and street to this new athletic field.
  • New access walks to connect the existing parking lot to city farm garden.
  • Conceptual stormwater management site plan to be presented to the community Summer 2020.

 

Clifton Mansion’s North Landscape Ground Improvements

Address: 2701 St. Lo Drive, 21213

Project Manager: Will Andersen, PLA

  • Renovation of existing parking lot areas, access drive and walkways to provide handicap accessibility to the mansion’s northwest door entrance.

 

Federal Hill Park East Slope Repair

Address: 300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

Project Manager: Kate Brower

  • Construction Documents for remaining slope repair are in process.
  • Temporary stone drainage areas will be replaced with grass
  • Additional under drains and slope stabilization will be added toward Key Highway.
  • Previously planned access stair and plaza have been dropped from the project due to community concern.

 

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Periodically, parks and regions of parks associated with more extensive development plans are subject to Master Planning.  The Master Planning process is a community-driven effort to think holistically about a design that serves as a framework for phased implementation.

Chick Webb, Madison Square, & City Springs Master Plan

Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

Background

The design effort for Chick Webb MRC and City Springs Park stems from the Perkins Somerset Oldtown (PSO) Transformation Plan, by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and partially funded by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant Program. Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP) also included Madison Square Recreation Center in the design effort since it is close by and its program elements should complement those in Chick Webb.

  • The PSO Transformation Plan can be found here
  • Refer to this link for PSO Transformation Plan updates and progress.

BCRP’s planning effort has involved an extensive public engagement and has included ongoing guidance from a Working Group and public meetings. The Working Group is made up of residents, community leaders and businesses, local institutions, elected officials, and city agencies. Three public meetings were held on 6/12/19 (1), 8/14/19 (2) and 12/19/19 (3). Click the meeting date to review past presentations. A series of more localized public meetings were also held with students of City Springs ES/MS, youth at Chick Webb and Madison Square Recreation Centers, and Latrobe Homes residents. In addition to the public meetings, Perkins Homes residents have been kept informed of the planning process as part of their monthly tenant meetings. Review our most recent 4.24.20 meeting presentation here.

Next Steps

  1. Review survey input from this presentation to inform next phase of design work.
  2. Complete summary reports of Schematic Design – May 2020
  3. BCRP will have the Design Team develop proposals for the next phase of work (Design Development and Construction Documents) – May 2020
  4. Design Development and Construction Documents Start – Early Summer 2020
  5. Artist / Interpretation Process with Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts (BOPA) – Summer 2020
  6. Identification of Additional Funding – Ongoing
  7. Application to HUD for release of allocated funds – January 2021

 

CC Jackson Park Expansion

4910 Park Heights Ave, 21215

Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

  • Percent Complete:  95%
  • Final report in process.
  • Next Community Meeting date and time to be announced. 

 

Canton Waterfront Park Master Plan

3001 Boston St, 21224

Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

  • Percent Complete:  80%
  • UDAAP Meeting to be scheduled in July 2020

 

Solo Gibbs Park Master Plan

1044 Leadenhall St, 21230

Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

Final Report to be issued Spring 2020

 

Florence Cummings Park Master Plan

2501 Maisel St, 21230

Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

 

 

Gwynns Falls Park Campground Facility Study

Address: 4201 Gwynns Falls Parkway  21216

Project Manager: Kate Brower, MSUP, MLA

  • Existing campground improvements
  • Feasibility Study underway to look at improvements to campground pavilion, camping areas, existing conditions of water line, electrical and potential pedestrian bridge across the Gwynns Falls.
  • Stakeholder Meeting: TBD