Sagamore Releases Updated Plans and Renderings for East Waterfront Park

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, Sagamore Development presented updated and more detailed plans for East Waterfront Park to the Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design & Architecture Review Panel (UDARP). East Waterfront Park is an eight-acre park surrounding the Sagamore Spirit complex which is currently under construction at 301 E. Cromwell St. in Port Covington.

Teaming on the park presentation with Sagamore was Addison Palmer of STV, Chris Streb of Biohabitats, and Micheal Blier of Landworks Studio.

East Waterfront Park will be on the shoreline of the Patapsco River on a new section of Port Covington named East Waterfront as designated by Sagamore’s Master Plan. Along with Sagamore Spirit and the new park, this area will be highlighted by dining, retail, entertainment, and hospitality facilities. East Waterfront Park will be adjacent to the northeast of Under Armour’s new campus and world headquarters along a future man-made filtered lake.

The park will have several sections and a ribbon path running through the entire park. A natural peninsula on the western end of the park will be called the eco peninsula. It will have the largest footprint off the water with 350 feet in depth. The peninsula will be used as a walkway and outdoor classroom with a living shoreline where they are hoping to create fish nursery structures. The topography will vary from 16 feet to three to four feet with all surfaces and plantings near the water durable enough to handle high tides.

An existing archaeological pier will be rebuilt, however it will keep the original concrete structure with the addition of newer more stable surfaces surrounding it. The team is proposing a water taxi stop on the pier and oyster infrastructure along the water. There will also be a floating bridge connecting the pier and the eco peninsula.

The eastern section is called Linear Park. This area has the least amount of depth off the water. A boardwalk will run along an existing concrete bulk head as well as the ribbon path set back further off the water. The team noted they are hoping to improve the ecology in this section through ideas such a floating wetlands.

The updates today at UDARP included pulling back elevated perches from the shoreline that overlook the park and adjustments to the ribbon path system going through the park. Along with the ribbon path, a boardwalk was added along the water which connects to a floating bridge. The team also went into detail about different ecological elements added to different sections of the shoreline that could include fish hives, bio huts, vertical wetlands, and oyster infrastructure.

Additional details were also revealed including a kayak ramp and storage on the pier, bike racks, a fountain, bench locations, and area dedicated to events and programming, as well as wetland weirs where water returns from the man-made lake back into the river.

Elements related to the park, such as utilities, are under design now and will be installed starting this spring. The team is seeking a bulkhead permit from the City of Baltimore which it hopes to attain by the end of the year so the park can be fully constructed. It is also working on approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers and Maryland Department of the Environment.

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East Waterfront Park Renderings courtesy of Sagamore Development

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Archaeological Pier Section

Sagamore Spirit Renderings courtesy of Ayers Saint Gross

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