Over the past year, ReBUILD has been working alongside Rebuild Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization, Johnston Square residents, St. Frances Academy, Parks and People Foundation, and numerous other partners and supporters to develop a Master Plan for Greenmount Park. After months of working through several design concepts with consultants from Floura Teeter Landscape Architects and CityScape Engineering, the final plan was approved this week by the Johnston Square community, moving the park a step closer to development.
The vision that emerged from this process is remarkable: using a “universal design” with input from dozens of residents, the 3.5-acre park will include a state-of-the-art playing field for St. Frances Academy’s renowned football team, a greenway circling the field, and ample community spaces that include a large all-ages playground, a plaza and pavilion, a lawn space, a dog park, fitness pods, and extensive trees and stormwater management features.
In partnership with Somerset Development, we will buttress Greenmount Park two affordable mixed-use apartment buildings on either end, the first of which—Greenmount Park Apartments—is scheduled to begin construction this fall.
Once completed, Greenmount Park will not only become the centerpiece of Johnston Square; it will be one of Baltimore’s premier public spaces. This expansive vision reflects the ambitions of local residents to rebuild Johnston Square into a model for transformation of redlined neighborhoods that uplifts legacy residents and ensures they can thrive in place.
The Greenmount Park Master Plan was made possible with support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, the Maryland Community Investment Tax Credit Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the France-Merrick Foundation, The Kentfields Foundation, Baltimore Gas & Electric, State Senator Cory McCray, and Baltimore City Councilman Robert Stokes.
Read the full Greenmount Park Master Plan by clicking here.