Construction of Eager Park, a 5.5 acre park is underway and will open in early 2017. Eager Park will provide a green vibrant center for exercise, play and relaxation for surrounding East Baltimore neighborhood residents and workers. Additionally, the park will hold special events envisioned to attract people from the larger region, including outdoor concerts, movies and a farmers’ market. Designed by Mayan Rykiel Associates and Gensler Architects and built by RAM Contracting Services and Clark Construction, Eager Park will stretch 3 blocks along Wolfe Street running north-south from Ashland Avenue, north to Biddle Street, and be surrounded by existing and future residential, retail and commercial development. The design was informed by a participatory community effort that included residents, workers and children from the Henderson Hopkins School. Even the name of Eager Park was selected by the community!
The southern block will include an amphitheater and performance stage, a water jet fountain for children’s play, and plaza. The middle block will include a large play field and a landscaped bio-retention area, while the northern block will have a smaller play field, children’s playground and community garden. All three blocks will have street-lined trees, extensive landscaping, and be security monitored. Eager Park will be a public park privately owned by a non-profit corporation.
In anticipation of the new park, the list of amenities will include:
- An Amphitheater for outdoor performances, movie nights, stage productions & gatherings.
- Grass Lawns for a variety of outdoor activities.
- A Plaza for farmers markets, a place to eat outside and view local art displays.
- An Overlook providing a raised vista of the amphitheater and greater park.
- A Children’s Playground in a safe, gated play area.
- A Community Garden for residents to reserve and grow flowers.
- A Workout Circuit comprised of a walking/jogging route and exercise equipment.
- Bio-retention Areas for benefit of the environment and environmental education.
- Abundant Seating for relaxation.
- A Tree Alley providing shade and an iconic walkway along N. Wolfe Street.
- A Community History Commemoration.
Selected Views: A Gallery
Details of the Project Design Can Be Seen Here
|The UDARP Approved Design was presented to the community on September 12, 2013. It is available for download at this link or by clicking the cover image at the left. Pavilion A was approved by UDARP on February 14, 2014.|