" BES Project Abstracts 2006
Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2006 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

One Park Baltimore: A Concept for the Renewal and Use of Parks and Open Space in the City of Baltimore
Carrera, Jackie
Co-Authors: Angela Smith
Abstract: Building on the city's rich heritage of parks, One Park unites the city in an integrated system of parks, street trees, community gardens, landscaped boulevards and paths, squares, schoolyards, college campuses, recreation areas, and other public open spaces. One Park is a concept for the design, enhanced use and care of green space that encourages social, economic and community development by: 1. Addressing public health needs. 2. Improving environmental health. 3. Unifying our diverse citizens and neighborhoods. 4. Enhancing urban aesthetics. 5. Marketing our open spaces to potential users. 6. Creating incentives for individuals, corporations and organizations to achieve this public goal. 7. Leveraging resources and assets. The Gwynns Falls Trail Project provides an example of how citizens, government agencies and non-profit organizations can work together to achieve this vision.