Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk
Above: artistic rendering of the Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk
About the Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk
The Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk will celebrate Druid Hill Park while improving street-crossing safety for pedestrians using the Fulton Avenue crosswalk. All too often cars endanger residents at this main intersection by blocking the crosswalk, speeding, and running red lights. The artistic crosswalk’s colorful, leaf-inspired design will stand out against the black asphalt, reminding motorists to yield to residents on foot. Community members were invited to contribute their favorite trees in Druid Hill Park which will be featured as large-scale painted leaves on the sidewalks leading to the crosswalk. Different leaf designs will evoke the surrounding towering trees emblematic of the park. Possible tree leaves may include Red Maples, Tulip Poplars, Red Oaks, White Oaks, and Zelkovas.
This traffic calming and neighborhood beautification project is produced in collaboration with the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association. The mission of the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association (ATA) is to create and maintain a clean, safe and healthy community for all residents by actively working together to address and solve community problems, so that residents take pride in the Auchentoroly Terrace community.
As an act of skill-sharing and employment, local youth will be recruited to help safely paint the sidewalk artwork in exchange for a living-wage. The crosswalk artwork in the roadway will be created using StreetBond pavement coating installed by public artist and OSI Community Fellow Graham Coreil-Allen of Graham Projects. The colorful leaves of the Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk will glorify the local impact of trees while joyfully enhancing pedestrian safety and park access.
Thank You to our Project Funders!
The Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk is made possible through the generous support of the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative (BRNI) in the State of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development via the Greater Rosemont Mondawmin (GRM) Neighborhood Spruce-Up Grant administered by Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, as well as neighborhood grant from the Baltimore Community Foundation.