Recovery Funding Has Provided 22 Jobs in Effort to Restore Portion of Park for Community Use
On Monday, July 12, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (both D-MD) will tour a portion of Druid Hill Park that is now being restored with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In January, Senator Cardin and Congressman Cummings greeted hundreds of Baltimore City residents as they applied for “Green Up, Clean Up” jobs with Parks & People Foundation. The Foundation received $1 million in Recovery Act funding to hire workers for community, environmental projects. Parks & People Foundation hired 22 workers, at living wage, who are currently working to restore 9-acres of the Park bordering the Mondawmin community. The site, which has been overgrown and inaccessible for more than 25 years, has become a public safety hazard for the community. Once restored, the 9-acres will be accessible to citizens for recreation and provide opportunities to connect with nature. “Green Up, Clean Up” crews have worked on other projects, including the removal of impervious surfaces, planting of street trees and storm water management improvements.
· WHO: Senator Cardin and Congressman Cummings
· WHAT: Tour clean up of Druid Hill Park site. Discuss clean, green jobs
· WHEN: Monday, July 12 at 10 a.m.
· WHERE: 2100 Liberty Heights Ave., Baltimore City
Directions: from I-83 take Druid Park Lake Park Drive towards the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore around the park and past the Conservatory. Turn left at the light at Liberty Heights Ave. Stay in the right lane and make an immediate right into the grass parking area across the street from the Shaarei Tfiloh Synagogue.