Sagamore Unveils Latest Plans for East Waterfront Park in Port Covington

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week, Sagamore Development presented updated plans for East Waterfront in Port Covington to Baltimore City Planning Department’s Urban Design and 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 design presentation was Besty Boykin of Core Studio Design, Chris Streb of Biohabitats, Ronnie Younts of Younts Design Inc., and lighting consultant Claude R. Engle.

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 266-acre Port Covington 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 section 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 it. In the western section of the park, the path will have a green tint which will change to blue as it runs along the water. Portions of the path will also have a ramped concrete edge along the sides for skateboarders, a feature designed with the help of Port Covington’s Bustin Boards.

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 at 350 ft. in depth. The peninsula will be used as a walkway and outdoor classroom with a living shoreline where the team is hoping to create fish nursery structures. The topography will vary from 16 ft. to three to four feet with all surfaces and plantings near the water durable enough to handle high tides. An elevated perch will overlook the eco peninsula and multiple paths will allow visitors to get closer to the water and environmental elements.

An existing archaeological pier will be rebuilt, however it will keep the original concrete structure however newer, more stable surfaces, including wood and gated stainless steel decks, will be added. The pier will include trees and gardens; kayak storage and landing; a water taxi landing; and boat slips for visitors, as well as ecological elements, including austere nurseries, fish hives, and biohuts. There will also be a floating bridge connecting the pier to 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.

The shore will feature floating wetlands and a water filtration device will be installed to help with the water quality.

Engle presented lighting plans and Younts presented signage plans.

The UDARP panel offered some criticism of the plan and asked Sagamore to come back an additional time before granting design approval.

A lawn outside Sagamore Spirit is already under construction and bulk head work is expected to begin soon pending final permitting approval. The majority of construction will begin next Spring after Tax Increment Financing (TIF) bonds are released to Sagamore. The archaeological pier will begin after an expected two years in the permitting process. The entire park will cost more than $45 million.

Renderings Courtesy of Sagamore Development

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Sagamore Spirit Renderings courtesy of Ayers Saint Gross

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