BGE Makes $1-Million Donation to Rash Field Redevelopment, Will Have Signage at New Site

| October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

After a $1-million donation to support the redevelopment of Rash Field, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) will have signage at the new Inner Harbor park. BGE will have naming rights and signage present on the new pavilion and nature park which are part of Phase I of the project that is currently under construction.

The project is led by Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore in partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

The $16.8-million Phase I will renovate the western section of the 7.5-acre park. This phase will add a redeveloped pavilion with a café, outdoor patio, overlook with a partially green roof, bathrooms, a shade structure, and amphitheater seating; a skate park called Jake’s Skate Park; a children’s nature park; a children’s kinetic playground; and new plants and landscaping. These new features will replace a small parking lot (not the one designated for the Maryland Science Center), a green space, a brick patio with a sandbox, and the western edge of the concrete bleachers.

Jake’s Skatepark is named in memory of Jake Owen, a South Baltimore resident, avid skater, and sports lover, who was killed in 2011 when he was five years old by a cell phone-distracted driver.

Waterfront Partnership President Laurie Schwartz said BGE and Waterfront Partnership liked the pavilion location because of its prominent location and the nature park because of BGE’s “commitment to the environment.” BGE wants to see programming at the nature park similar to the Patterson Park Audubon Center, and sees this as an ideal area for employment engagement opportunities through plantings and educational events with kids.

The signage must be approved by the Baltimore City Council. The plan already received unanimous approval by the Baltimore City Planning Commission.

The City will contribute more than $9.5 million towards design and construction costs, and Waterfront Partnership has raised an additional $4.3 million from the State of Maryland and fundraising from additional private sources.

Schwartz said construction, which began in May, is going smooth so far and they anticipate opening Phase I in about a year.

Waterfront Partnership is currently fundraising for Phase II which is expected to cost $12 million. Phase II will redevelop the eastern section of the park. This section will include a reorganized seven-court volleyball area adjacent to the pavilion and café, a large lawn that will be used for youth sports and events, a game lawn, a shade lawn, a repositioned Pride of Baltimore memorial, and a myriad of sloped paths that will replace the bleachers and transition the change in grade from Key Hwy. to the ground level of the park. Plans for Phase II are continually developing.

Phase I renderings from Waterfront Partnership, Mahan Rykiel, and Gensler 

Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps

 

Renderings from RashField.org

 

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