Nearly four years after Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks (BCRP) began work on the “Druid Hill Neighborhood Access Improvements” the improved ADA sidewalk ramps and traffic signals are finally complete! We are exited to have basic park access restored to the 2016 level.
In 2007 BCRP secured capital funding to improve pedestrian access to Druid Hill Park through the modifications of three park entrances: Madison Avenue and Druid Park Lake Drive, Fulton Avenue and Druid Hill Avenue / McCulloh Street, and Auchentoroly Terrace and Gwynns Falls Parkway. Construction began in 2015. Crosswalks and sidewalks were removed in late 2016 and left unfinished, endangering residents seeking to access Druid Hill Park on foot. In late 2017, new faulty crosswalks were installed by a BCRP contractor and immediately began to quickly deteriorate. In 2019 DOT installed new crosswalks. After five years of construction delays, in early 2020 BCRP finished replacing the missing sidewalks with ADA compliant curb ramps.
Even with these new ramps, signals, and crosswalks, cars are still hindering pedestrian safety. Local residents look forward to Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s Druid Hill Complete Streets study to transform the barriers highways around the park into neighborhood boulevards with more park entrances and safe, protected space for all forms of mobility.