Druid Heights Gateway Park

Natalia Sanchez

There is an urgent need to revitalize the Druid Heights neighborhood of Baltimore City. According to the City’s vacancy data from May 2017, 42% of the community’s total land area was comprised of either vacant lots or abandoned buildings. Only three public parks, totaling less than half an acre in size and covering less than 1% of the total land area were located in the community. 

The Druid...

Darley Park Gateway Park

Natalia Sanchez

For decades the lots at Harford Road and Normal Avenue in Baltimore City have sat unused and blighted. As with many post-demolition sites, the space became a dumping ground and an eyesore. Residents in the community sought to transform the vacant lots from a liability to an asset.

The site of Gateway Park is strategically located at the center of the community and has been the focus of...

Derwood Station No. 2 - Using Green Infrastructure to Manage Stormwater

Michelle Kokolis

Containing 222 homes, Derwood Station No. 2 is part of the larger Derwood Station HOA in Montgomery County, MD. A two-acre, grassy, common area received stormwater runoff directly from a culvert and flooded during rain events. The polluted runoff ran directly into the adjacent Crabbs Branch and created an erosion issue.

The Derwood Station No. 2 Board worked with a landscape designer to develop a...

Second Baptist Church Community Garden

Raye Weigel
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The vegetable garden, after construction.

Picture this: cucumbers, swiss chard, okra, blueberries and more are sprouting in a one-acre garden surrounded by pollinator plants. Bees placed by a local beekeeper buzz around the flowers and return to their hives.

This is the idyllic community garden at the Second Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Funded by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the project includes stormwater...