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. In 2021 Baltimore City DOT launched the Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Street design effort. Planners and residents engaged neighbors through one-on-one interviews, virtual meetings, paper surveys distributed to every home in our blocks, an online survey, and pop-ups at community events like the Druid Hill Farmers Market. During the study residents shaped a bold public vision for converting the dangerous highways around Druid Hill Park into complete streets safe and accessible for all. Click here to read the report and see the three possible designs: transportation.baltimorecity.gov/dpldcsdesigneffort
Stakeholders & Partners
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.