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Past

From the 1940s through the 1960s, over the protests of the local NAACP and neighborhood associations, car-oriented planning deprived local residents the public health, cultural, and economic benefits of Druid Hill Park. Construction of the 1948 Druid Hill Expressway and 1963 Jones Falls Expressway resulted in the widening of Auchentoroly Terrace and Druid Park Lake Drive from two lane, park-front residential streets into dangerous five-to-nine-lane-wide highways.

Present

Excess lanes around Druid Hill Park encourage motorists to drive at high speeds that discourage pedestrians from entering the park due to concerns over personal safety. Druid Park Lake Drive and Auchentoroly Terrace lack safe intersections and crosswalks for residents to reach the park on foot. Sidewalks are not accessible to wheelchair riders. People who rely on bicycles and electric scooters do not have protected pathways serving all neighborhoods around the park.

Future

TAP Druid Hill envisions a future where residents of all ages and abilities are able to reach the recreational, public health, and cultural benefits of Druid Hill Park using safe and accessible “Complete Streets”. Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to be safe and accessible for all, including pedestrians, transit users, wheelchair riders, and people who rely on bicycles and e-scooters. Each complete street is different and based on the needs of the surrounding residents and neighborhood.

How?

TAP Druid Hill is bringing together diverse neighborhood groups to shape the future of transportation around and access to Druid Hill Park. By studying how people relate to Druid Hill Park, engaging residents to redesign the highways as neighborhood-serving streets, and creating public art for pedestrian safety, we can begin making a positive impact now while planning on long term, permanent park access improvements for the future.

PARK Study

The Druid Hill PARK survey will inform the DOT plan by looking at two neighborhoods that border the park and studying what it means for individuals in these communities to have access to Druid HIll Park. In addition, it will inform who in the community either uses or doesn’t use the park and provide individuals the opportunity to give feedback about the relationship between the park and the neighborhoods.

Public Art

In support of the Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets design effort, local resident, public artist, and TAP Druid Hill co-organizer Graham Coreil-Allen is facilitating community-led walking tours and collaborating with neighbors to create public art for pedestrian safety. Potential ideas include mural-filled crosswalks, creative signage, and light art showing motorists where pedestrians have the right-of-way.

Complete Streets

TAP Druid Hill is working with Baltimore City Department of Transportation to ensure that all residents have a chance to contribute to the forthcoming “Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets” design effort. The study will address park access around the entire park, including Druid Park Lake Drive, Auchentoroly Terrace, Reisterstown Road, and Druid Park Drive. The study could begin as soon as fall 2019.

“Over the past several years we have assembled a group of key stakeholders around this effort to reimagine this critical corridor for the benefit of the broader community.”

Leon F. Pinkett III, Baltimore City 7th District Councilman

Stakeholders & Supporters

The TAP Druid Hill campaign is powered by a diverse, growing group of local stakeholders and partners including residents, community organizations, city agencies, non-profits, and design groups.

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Latest News

Auchentoroly / Mondawmin Pedestrian Safety Walks

The Access Project for Druid Hill Park (TAP Druid Hill) invites residents living on the west side of Druid Hill Park to participate in a set of pedestrian safety walks on Saturday June 29, 2-4pm, and Saturday July 27, 2-4pm. Walk in community while identifying opportunities for making our streets safer, especially for seniors and children on foot, wheelchair, bicycle, and e-scooter.

Crosswalks Repair Progress

After three years of advocacy by residents, elected officials, and TAP Druid Hill, the crosswalks to Druid Hill Park along Auchentoroly Terrace at Gwynns Falls Parkway and Fulton Avenue are finally repaired. In early 2017 the crosswalks were ground off as part of a park access improvement project. After years of advocacy by residents and TAP Druid Hill DOT crews came out in late April and mid May to re-stripe the crosswalks at Gwynns Falls Parkway and Fulton Avenue.

Auchentoroly by Foot Success!

On Saturday, April 20th, the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association and Baltimore Heritage co-hosted Auchentoroly by Foot. Over 50 residents and visitors participated in the walking tour about the history and future of Auchentoroly Terrace and Druid Hill Park. Community leaders, local historians, and resident artists spoke about the area’s development, Civil Rights legacies, artistic heritage, and the current transportation safety efforts.

Auchentoroly Terrace by Foot

Residents and visitors are invited to join the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association and Baltimore Heritage for the Auchentoroly Terrace by Foot walking tour Saturday, April 20th, 10am-12pm. Learn about the history and future of Auchentoroly Terrace and Druid Hill Park from community leaders, local historians, and resident artists. The tour is free and open to neighborhood residents. Visitors are cordially invited to purchase tickets through Baltimore Heritage.

DOT Announces Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets Design Effort

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau today announced that an official Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for the Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets design effort. BCDOT now invites multi-disciplinary design and engineering firms to submit proposals to provide a transportation study and design services for complete streets improvements along Druid Park Lake Drive.

The Big Jump around Druid Hill Park

Championed by local residents, 7th District Councilman Leon Pinkett, Baltimore City Department of Transportation, and Bikemore, the Big Jump is a temporary, grant-funded project that counteracts decades of highway expansion with a protected space for pedestrians, wheelchair riders, and bicyclists to connect with green space, school, and jobs. Those of us living in West Baltimore certainly need it as for the past seventy years, walking or bicycling to Druid Hill Park has proven prohibitively dangerous.

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