Baltimore Peninsula Names New Park After the Late Elijah Cummings

| January 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Baltimore Peninsula development team announced that “Elijah’s Park” is the new name of a recently-opened park at the development. The park, which was temporarily known as Triangle Park, is named in honor of the late Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore native who served in the United States House of Representatives for 23 years.

The 28,000 sq. ft. park is located in between Rye St., Distillery St., and Mission Blvd. It has a playground with slides, playground equipment, landscaping, canopies, and a jungle gym shaped like a blue crab. The park also has a plaza with benches and canopies, as well as a green space.

The park was designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects and Baltimore-based firm PI.KL Studio Architects. The playground is designed by Danish playground maker MONSTRUM.

The park also features a 4 ft. by 8 ft. mosaic inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It was designed by high school participants of The Choice Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in partnership with teaching artist Carien Quiroga. It was created at Baltimore Peninsula’s Impact Village building.

From the press release:

Cummings was Baltimore born and raised. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1969, and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. After almost two decades of practicing law, Cummings was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996. For 14 years, he served in the Maryland House of Delegates. In the Maryland General Assembly, Cummings held the role of Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore, the second highest position in the House of Delegates. In addition to fulfilling his duties as an elected official, Cummings wrote a biweekly column for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper.

The Baltimore Peninsula development is led MAG Partners and MacFarlane Partners, with investments from Kevin Plank and his Sagamore Ventures investment firm and the Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management

“Elijah’s Park is a living memorial and a beautiful tribute to my father’s legacy,” said Jennifer Cummings, the Congressman’s eldest daughter, in a press release. “My Dad would often say of his work, ‘this is bigger than me,’ and this park is exactly that, a large public greenspace for the community to make productive use of and enjoy. It fills me with great joy to know that his impact will be remembered by all those who visit the park, and I am grateful to the Baltimore Peninsula team and the City of Baltimore for commemorating his dedication to and representation of the city he loved so deeply.”

“As someone with such deep roots in Baltimore, and having spent so much of my life in this city, I am deeply grateful to Congressman Cummings for his commitment and dedication to helping Baltimore thrive,” said Kevin Plank, CEO and principal of Sagamore Ventures, in a press release. “As we began initial planning for this park, I knew right away that it was of vital importance to pay homage to The Congressman and the unwavering care he put into representing and advocating for the city and especially Baltimore youth.”

Elijah’s Park is the latest addition to the Baltimore Peninsula development which has delivered five new buildings last year on new city blocks. Last year, an expanded Rye Park opened at the development as well as temporary green spaces placed on future development pad sites.

Outdoor sports facility Volo Beach opened in 2023 at Baltimore Peninsula with volleyball courts. It will soon be adding spaces for soccer, football, kickball, bocce, cornhole, and food and beverage.

Photos courtesy of Alain Jaramillo Photography 

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