Reservoir Hill residents may have seen the orange fencing on the South Lots renovation project on the 900 block of Whitelock Street. That fencing is protecting newly planted grass. Residents have dreamed, planned, and worked since 2011 to create a multi-use green space that can be enjoyed by all generations. Now we are in the last stage of those dreams becoming a reality. The new unofficial bus-stop waiting area is useable, as are the pathways. The long awaited park will be fully usable after the seeding has proved established in late spring, at which time we’ll hold a ribbon-cutting party.
For background on this project, click on Transforming Whitelock Street.
To see how far we have gone together, take a look at the before and after shots of the main entrance to the park at Whitelock Street and Brookfield Avenue.
We deeply thank the dozens of neighbors and friends who have devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to renovate this section of the old commercial center of Reservoir Hill; Healthy Neighborhoods, Baltimore Community Foundation, and Chesapeake Bay Trust for funding the effort; and Neighborhood Design Center for early on helping us turn dreams into plans. When the park is open, it will be a beautiful site for neighbors to gather.
To give you a sense of what has been done on the site: With Joyce Kelley as project manager, we have:
- Amended soil from approximately 4,200 square feet of the park and planted low mow lawn seed for the spring growth season.
- Amended soil, and mulched approximately 4,800 square feet of the park for-mix of herbaceous native ornamental grasses, flowering perennials, and native trees and shrubs.
- Planted 110 new shrubs, of which 95% are native to Maryland and 86% are edible) .
- Planted 10 new native trees within park and tree pits, three of which are edible
- Planted 600 mixed spring bulbs, daffodils, crocus, and tulips.
- Reused culled bricks, stone, and concrete for edging behind gabion, brick and stone curbing at the “bus-stop,” and concrete slabs for stepping stones, stairs and seating.
- Built 66 linear feet of wooden benches to cover gabions for seating and stage space.
- Laid a top dressing of stone dust to the existing pathway.
- Installed 600 square feet of permeable pavers at the corner of Whitelock Street and Brookfield Avenue to act as a new unofficial bus-stop,
- Installed 15" of rock sub-base beneath permeable pavers to infiltrate storm water.
- Installed two wooden benches
- Installed 2 sets of metal poles for future signage.
- Created a planting bed to frame the future entrance signage.