Highlighting Patterson Park’s renaissance over the past decade and a half, the national urban parks advocacy organization City Parks Alliance has named the 135-acre park in East Baltimore a “Frontline Park.”
City Parks Alliance recognizes a Frontline Park each month to promote inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship across the country, according to a press release accompanying the announcement. The Frontline Park initiative also highlights challenges facing urban parks “as a result of shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures, and urban neighborhood decay.”
In particular, the City Parks Alliance noted the work of the Friends of Patterson Park, a nonprofit formed in 1998, in turning around an historic park that had fallen into serious decline in 1970s and 1980s, and its partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. The City Parks Alliance press release also mentioned the Friends of Patterson Park’s outreach to the Latino community around the park, including the formation of Friends Consejo Hispano to receive ideas and input for park events and programs.
“We selected Patterson Park for recognition because it exemplifies the power of partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant,” said Catherine Nagel, executive director of City Parks Alliance. “We hope that, by shining the spotlight on this park, we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation’s urban parks.”
Patterson Park will be featured on City Parks Alliance website during the month of April.