Last month we were planting trees on the West side of the city, so for May we thought we should give the East side some love. We partnered with Waterfront Partnership and their Healthy Harbor Initiative to do some cleaning and greening. Baltimore’s most valuable asset, the Harbor, is negatively affected by sewage, trash, and stormwater runoff every year. The Healthy Harbor Initiative includes projects and programs that fight for our urban ecosystem. Waterfront Partnership notes that a healthy harbor equals a healthy city.
Our volunteers convened at Liberty Square in front of the Pratt Library to learn more about the local community and the impact of what we would be doing that day. Half of our volunteers became tree care specialists by weeding, mulching, and staking trees north of Patterson Park. The trees had been planted by Parks and People two years ago and needed some sprucing up. Several other volunteers prepared the Potomac Pocket Park with weeding and waste removal. Often times our volunteers pick up new skills while working with us and this was the case again this month. A few individuals assisted with power washing and scrubbing an alley in preparation for a fresh coat of paint. Despite the cooler, rainy weather, we showed up in full force to revitalize the greenery in the area.
After the work was complete, we were stoked to join one of our newest partners, Power Plant Live!, at their Springest Live! Craft Beer Festival. We had ticket specials for our volunteers to gain access to the festival which included over 100 different beers from 50+ breweries. We’re looking forward to more events with them in the future.
Check out our partners from May’s event:
Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative
Visit their website to learn more about the Healthy Harbor Plan, get updates on events and initiatives, and view our Harbor’s report card.
Power Plant Live!
Check out their upcoming events including summer concerts and a family fun series!