" BES Project Abstracts 2006
Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2006 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

The Historical Geography of Racial and Ethnic Access Within Baltimore's Carroll Park: 1870-1954.
Wells, James
Abstract: In order to understand the present patters of use seen in urban green spaces, it is often important to look at the history of the areas being studied. For example, people tend to shy away from parks with a history of racial violence or segregation even after the problem no longer exists. Baltimore’s Carroll Park provides an excellent example of an urban green space with a long history of different policies regarding who could be granted access to the park facilities. From its beginnings as a wealthy estate owned by the Carroll Family, the land being studied here passed into the hands of the private, German-run West Baltimore Schuetzen Association, and later into the possession of the City of Baltimore as what we now know as Carroll Park. Though designed with the Olmsted vision of green space access for all, many facilities in Carroll Park remained segregated until the 1950s. Through detailing the history of the German and Segregation eras of Carroll Park, this thesis will help to contribute to the study of how Baltimore’s current patterns of park access and use came to be.