In January, a ceremonial groundbreaking on Phase I of the future Rash Field Park was held in Baltimore.
The on-site event included the Waterfront Partnership, joined by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, officials from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Delegates from the 46th district, community and project partners, and students from Francis Scott Key Elementary School.
The new urban waterfront park will replace the exisiting Rash Field Park on the south side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Waterfront Partnership has been working with the surrounding communities since 2015 through a robust public engagement process to improve Rash Field and to create a safe, accessible and centrally located park for all of Baltimore.
Partnering with the City of Baltimore, Waterfront Partnership will lead construction in two phases. The first phase will include two playground areas, a nature park and a kinetic playground, a skatepark, a shade lawn and a pavilion featuring a waterfront cafe and a green roof overlook.
The City of Baltimore 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 nearly $1 million from private sources.
In January, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan committed $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2021 towards the construction of Rash Field Park as part of his FY 21 State Capital Budget.
The total development cost of Phase I is $16.8 million and is expected to open in Summer 2021. Fundraising efforts continue for the Park through www.rashfield.org.
Whiting-Turner serves as the construction manager and general contractor, and Mahan Rykiel Associates leads the design team.
For additional information about the project, visit www.rashfield.org.
source: Waterfront Partnership