Work is underway on park lighting!
Work is underway on park lighting!
The Friends of Patterson Park was chosen to receive a $1,500 grant from America Walks to develop and support a new Junior Pagoda Docent Program, which will train Baltimore youth to help run an after-school program for elementary school children who live walking distance to the park. This program reflects part of the Friends' mission to make the park a welcoming place for all members of our diverse community, by both training and engaging local youth and bringing elementary school children to the park from schools that don't already use Patterson Park in their curriculum. This year, the program will be geared towards children from Tench-Tillman Elementary School, who will arrive at the park via a “walking school bus” and then enjoy a tour of the park’s historic Pagoda, as well as fitness and arts activities, encouraging them to walk to and around the park with their parents.
America Walks announced the latest grantees of the Community Change Micro Grant program on January 3. This micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at empowering communities to create more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Now in its third year, this program has supported everything from new art to improved way-‐finding, local events to school engagement projects. The Friends of Patterson Park was chosen as one of 27 grant recipients, out of 450 applicants nation-wide. For more information on America Walks and its 2018 grantees, click here.
The Friends of Patterson Park are working with the appropriate city agencies, including Baltimore Recreation and Parks, to address the defacement of the children's statue near the Pagoda. The pavement in front of the statue has been power-washed, and BCRP has already met with a conservator and a representative from the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to ensure that the cleaning will be handled in such a way that is safe for the statue. In the meantime, the statue may be covered or fenced off to prevent further damage. Police are investigating this incident.
Baltimore Recreation and Parks has stated, "Baltimore City Recreation and Parks is aware of the vandalism that took place in Patterson Park. As caretakers of the Park, our Parks Maintenance Division is working diligently with the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) to assess the damage. We understand the sensitivity of this matter and will work with City Hall and the Friends of Patterson Park to find a solution to this matter."
Mayor Catherine Pugh also released a statement yesterday, saying, "While literally hundreds of Baltimore's young people were demonstrating Dr. Martin Luther King's example of service today, marching and making a positive difference in our community, it's unfortunate that others decided it was more appropriate to vandalize the 103-year-old children's statue in Patterson Park. We will of course determine the best way to restore the statue and hold those who defaced it accountable. In the meantime, this isolated incident should in no way detract from the wonderful spirit of generosity that was so evident throughout our city on this very special day honoring Dr. King's enduring legacy."
This article in the Baltimore Sun explains more about the incident: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-statue-20180115-story.html
Here is a link to learn more about the statue and its history: http://monumentcity.net/2009/04/0/star-spangled-banner-memorial-baltimore-md/
We will provide updates here as we have them. Thank you!
Updated 1/16/17, 4:15 p.m.
The Friends are proud partners in the Southeast Youth Collaborative, which is supporting 140 local youth through the YouthWorks program.
Our Wine Tasting at Sunset fundraiser on May 25th was a big success, despite some stormy weather that had us move the event indoors this year. We say a huge thank you to the staff of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Virginia Baker Recreation Center for letting us use their indoor space!
Thanks to our hosts Daniel and Michele Hartig Barnycz and Ron Howard for all their support, and to all the participants who brought such amazing wine, food, beer, mead, and cocktails! We heard rave reviews of so many items and we've got a list of places to visit very soon!
These sponsors included:
Su Casa (cool wine glass holding plates!), Key Brewing Co., Modern Cook Shop-Fells Point, Cask & Grain, Di Pasquale's Marketplace, Bistro Rx, Water for Chocolate, Charm City Meadworks Cafe Gia Ristorante, Remington Wine Company, Plates Poolside, Balti'Marons and Beth Merchant and B Scene Events & Promotions with a signature cocktail (and event management)!
Our silent auction raised more than $5000 thanks to the generosity of the donors and bidders, and the event overall brought in more than $26,000 to support park programming! Thanks so much to all who attended. Looking forward to next year!
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Photos by Ivana Lalicki
Our 2nd annual photo contest is in the books! Nearly 300 gorgeous photos of our beloved park were submitted by amateurs and pros alike. Our panel of Photo Contest judges brought their own insight as talented artists, scholars, community-builders and park-lovers, and we were fortunate to have such knowledge to guide us! Our judging panel featured:
Check out the winning photographs in the gallery below. Thanks to all who entered their work! And keep taking those photos...the contest will return next year!
Thanks to our Friends, Patterson Park had a great 2016! Check out our annual report
Patterson Park celebrates its 190th Birthday! What an historic day for Patterson Park!
"Patterson Park has a gorgeous pagoda-like tower on the west side of the park"