(BALTIMORE) – 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, held a ceremonial groundbreaking today on Phase I of the future Rash Field Park. The new world-class urban waterfront park will replace the underutilized 7.5-acre recreational park on the south side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
“A priority for Rash Field Park is and always has been to serve families city-wide by providing ample amenities, and opportunities for youth and adults alike, and today, we had a glimpse of what’s to come,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore. “With help from generous donors, partners, city and state officials, and the community, Baltimore will have a state-of-the-art park to gather, learn, play and live.”
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.
“Our administration is proud to support the groundbreaking of the future Rash Field Park, Baltimore City, a transformative project that will provide a safe, open space for both residents and visitors alike,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The recreational opportunities and educational programming that this space will offer will have a tremendous impact on our youth, families, and surrounding communities.”
“The City of Baltimore is proud to provide funding to the renovation of Rash Field Park. The milestone groundbreaking that we witnessed today is just the beginning of what will be a transformative open space for all residents and visitors of Baltimore,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “Safe and central recreational and educational spaces are vital to the health of our communities, and I thank Waterfront Partnership for being a strong partner in making this project a reality.”
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 nearly $1 million from private sources. Fundraising efforts continue for the Park through www.rashfield.org.
In the coming months, Waterfront Partnership will announce additional gifts from private sources. The total development cost of Phase I is $16.8 million and is expected to open in Summer 2021.
“Advancing our city through improved parks and recreation resources remains one of our agency’s main goals,” said Reginald Moore, executive director, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. “The Rash Field redevelopment demonstrates what is possible when city, state and local partners collaborate and prioritize the needs of our communities. We look forward to the new opportunities it will bring Baltimore residents and visitors.”
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.