ACTrees and Boise Inc. Partner to Build Project UP™ Park in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD (June 24, 2013) – Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) and its partner Boise Inc. completed their 2nd Project UP™ urban park in Baltimore, MD on June 15th. Project UP works to transform distressed urban spaces into vibrant community parks.

Baltimore Project UP Park 2013 constructionSituated at the intersection of N. Gay and E. Federal Street in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, the “New Broadway East Community Park,” formerly a vacant lot which had been cleared of 18 abandoned row houses, will now bring the many benefits of trees and green space to the neighborhood–cleaner air, shading to lower temperatures, less water pollution, and higher property values.

“Our partners and the citizens of Baltimore understand the urgent need for trees and green space to help enhance the city’s infrastructure, watershed, and community health. We’re thrilled to work with local organizations to create a valuable new resource for this neighborhood,” said Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees executive director.

Baltimore Project UP Park (Medium)Project partners included local greening nonprofit and ACTrees member organization Parks & People Foundation; Humanim Inc., which will serve as the local steward for the new park; the City of Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development; and State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

“All of the partners involved in the Baltimore project saw the potential in the designated location, have a shared vision for its place in the community, and couldn’t wait to unleash the revitalizing power of Project UP to turn the area into a local gathering place,” said Terry Stepney, Boise brand manager.

Baltimore Project UP Park - 2nd photo (Medium)The park represents a wide-ranging commitment to environmental sustainability. A total of 24 new large allee elm, honey locust, willow oak, and crape myrtle trees along with hundreds of smaller vegetation were planted in the park by over 50 volunteers and local non-profit and government partners.

In addition to trees and several planting beds, the project features pervious concrete for the park path and a small parking area and pervious pavers forming a circle designed as a gathering space, in keeping with the State of Maryland’s desire to improve urban stormwater quality as part of the Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The park also includes benches, and trash/recycling bins made of material created from recycled paper.

Project UP is funded through sales of Boise® ASPEN® Recycled Papers. Boise ASPEN Project UP™ was created to green urban spaces on “brown,” unused city lots. Additional funding for the project was provided by the State of Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bay Trust Fund.  This park development is the second effort in the national Project UP™ campaign. The first Project UP park in Indianapolis, IN was completed in 2012.

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