Strengthening access to Druid Hill Park through Public Art & Events

In support of the Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets design effort to reconnect neighborhoods with Druid Hill Park, local residents and artists are collaborating on public art and events for pedestrian safety.

Created by filmmaker Kurt Orderson with The Access Projects for Druid Hill Park (TAP Druid Hill) and the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association (ATA), the three short films of Stories for Change highlight the experiences of local residents’ love for Druid Hill Park and their challenges getting to the park on foot.

The Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk celebrates Druid Hill Park while improving street-crossing safety for pedestrians using the Fulton Avenue crosswalk. The sidewalk and crosswalk art features a colorful, leaf-inspired design. Community members were invited to contribute their favorite tree leaves in Druid Hill Park to serve as artwork inspiration.

Druid Hill Canopy Crosswalk group photo of community leaders and sponsor
Arches & Access parade kick off

Showcasing the cherished connections between Druid Hill Park and surrounding neighborhoods, the Arches & Access project illuminatde and activated the landmark Druid Hill Park Gate at Madison Avenue with colorful lights, a community parade, and public walking tour. The Neighborhood Lights Project was presented as part of the Brilliant Baltimore festival of light and literature.

Community-led walking tours have created space for residents, seniors, youth, elected officials, and city planners learn from one another while seeking common ground for enacting equitable park access. During our pedestrian safety walks and historical tours residents have shared their most cherished places and stories while identifying opportunities for public space improvement around Druid Hill Park. Based on resident input TAP Druid Hill published the Auchentoroly / Mondawmin Report of shared values and recommendations for park access and pedestrian safety improvements.

Auchentoroly by Foot walking tour residents

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About public artist & convener Graham Coreil-Allen

Graham Coreil-Allen is a Baltimore-based public artist and organizer working to make cities more inclusive and livable through public art, creative walking tours, and civic engagement. As a 2018 OSI Community Fellow Coreil-Allen is working with neighbors to ensure that the forthcoming Baltimore City Department of Transportation Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets design effort is as reflective of community voices as possible as residents seek to convert the dangerous barrier highways around Druid Hill Park into complete streets safe and accessible for all. The public artist lives and works on Auchentoroly Terrace in West Baltimore where he also serves as President of the New Auchentoroly Terrace Association.

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