Over the past few years, the City partnered with the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, including Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), to lay the groundwork for a 35-mile greenway through the City of Baltimore that would connect communities to each other and to some of Baltimore’s most treasured assets – parks, trails, waterfronts, historical sites, educational institutions, business districts, to name a few – in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way. The Greenway would become a City resource that promotes active transportation, like walking, running, and biking, and would provide additional opportunities and access to recreation throughout Baltimore.
During a previous planning process, RTC hosted numerous public meetings to engage the various communities along the northern segments of the proposed Baltimore Greenway. The City will carefully examine the results of these previous public meetings to understand opportunities, challenges, and priorities so that these sections of the Greenway will be an asset for all Baltimoreans that includes and accounts for the input of those who live and work along the alignment.
To learn more about the previous planning effort led by RTC, including early concept designs, visit: railstotrails.org/.
It is important to note that the concept designs created during the previous planning phase will be evaluated after upcoming public input periods to ensure the most appropriate design solution shaped by the community’s collective voices.
The City of Baltimore will lead the study and development of conceptual plans for the Northern Segments of the Baltimore Greenway Trail Network and will build on early planning efforts completed by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The City and their team will lead an extensive public engagement program to reach out to the many neighborhoods affected by the proposed trail segments. Public input is expected at four separate project phases, each phase consisting of multiple community meetings to target the specific needs of each community.
The collaborative approach will facilitate the development of a greenway concept for each segment that can address existing community concerns and establishes a solid framework that the City can use to progress the design and construction of each segment as funding and priorities allow.
The City will work collaboratively with you and your neighbors, peers, local businesses, and institutions to navigate a planning process aimed at arriving at a consensus solution that provides a continuous greenway from Leakin Park, connects to Hanlon Park, through Druid Hill Park, Johns Hopkins University, and Lake Montebello to Herring Run Park. During 2021-2022, you will have four opportunities to join the planning process. Community feedback is critical to ensure the success of greenway implementation. Even at the end of this study in 2023, there will still be opportunity to provide input and refine the design concept.
The City is planning to engage multiple stakeholders, community groups, institutions, and residents of the many communities to listen, educate, and collaborate with them. At least one virtual public meeting will be open to all.
You’ll provide input and offer suggestions, and preferences on multiple concepts and identify priorities that should be considered during the design process through participation in three separate meetings with the City and the design team. The format for each meeting will be released as the meeting date approaches.
The City and the design team will present 15% concept plans to the public through two separate public meetings. Materials that will be available for comment include plans and typical sections showing the proposed concept type and location.
The team will present 30% concepts plans that have been reviewed by City staff for compliance with local, State, and Federal standards and preferences. All attendees will have the opportunity to review the summary of findings, see previous public comments, hear next steps, and understand the associated timeline for the next phase of engineering and construction.
Check back to this website regularly for specific meeting dates and opportunities and follow the City of Baltimore Department of Transportation social media channels for more information.
The study will conclude with a summary of findings in 2023. Once the study is complete, the City of Baltimore will use the information contained in the study to determine final design timeline, implementation cost and schedule. There will continue to be opportunities to provide meaningful input to make the Baltimore City Greenway a world-class community asset for Baltimore residents.