The Access Project for Druid Hill Park stakeholders envision 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.
The Access Project for Druid Hill Park
The Access Project for Druid Hill Park campaign is powered by a diverse, growing group of local stakeholders and partners including residents, community organizations, city agencies, non-profits, and design groups. In 2017, 7th District Councilman Leon F. Pinkett III convened the Druid Hill Park Stakeholders group, including the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association, the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Bikemore, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Parks & People, and several city agencies. We are leveraging complete streets best-practices to counteract years of urban planning that prioritize cars over the public health and economic opportunity of residents. In February 2018 DOT agreed to conduct a major transportation study to address our communities’ concerns. Starting in 2019 Baltimore City DOT will be launching the Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Street design effort. During the study residents will have the opportunity to shape a public vision for converting the dangerous highways around Druid Hill Park into complete streets safe and accessible for all.
Stakeholders & Partners
Leon F. Pinkett, Baltimore City 7th District Councilman
Barbara Anderson-Dandy, President of the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association
Dr. Daniel Hindman, resident, public health physician, GMCC Board Member
Graham Coreil-Allen, resident, public artist, Acting Vice President of the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association
Sandra Almond-Cooper, President of the Mondawmin Neighborhood Improvement Association
Don Akchin, President of the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council
Davin Hong, Principal at Living Design Lab
Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council
Friends of Druid Hill Park
Neighborhood Design Center
Parks & People Foundation
Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition
Baltimore City Department of Transportation
Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
The TAP Druid Hill stakeholders group supports an equitable vision to better connect the residents of West Baltimore with Druid Hill Park. Our campaign is first and foremost meant to benefit existing long term residents who have been historically denied safe and fair access to health and cultural benefits of Baltimore’s oldest large park. Many of the residential blocks around Druid Hill Park are filled with vacant homes that negatively impact the safety and quality of life for existing residents. Reconnecting neighborhoods with Druid Hill Park will improve public health while also attracting economic investment to surrounding blocks. We support development that creates sustainable, mixed income communities including permanently affordable housing to ensure that all existing residents will be able to benefit for the indefinite future from complete streets providing access to Druid Hill Park.