In connection with a grant awarded to The Conservation Fund on behalf of the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, an APA Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) assisted the Brooklyn neighborhood in southern Baltimore with an action plan to increase green infrastructure and community resilience.
The study area is an important nexus between Brooklyn/Baybrook, the Middle Branch waterfront, and the rest of Baltimore City. It is a critical community connection point for Baltimore's stated goal of creating a "green necklace" around the Middle Branch, Baltimore's lesser known harbor. Brooklyn and Baybrook residents lack direct access to waterfront resources while also experiencing negative effects of the area’s industrial legacy, including heavy truck traffic and poor air quality. The report focuses on Garrett Park, an underutilized, 7.5-acre park located in the heart of the Brooklyn neighborhood, and the neighborhood's primary roadway corridors.
The report describes the goals and strategies developed by the team for the Brooklyn/Baybrook Community Action Plan. The team’s overall concept for implementing the seven goals and associated strategies throughout the project study area is illustrated and described in detail. The report outlines strategies to create a Brooklyn/Baybrook community hub and provides an illustrative concept plan for Garrett Park. The implementation section recommends priority actions with management roles and potential finding sources.
Meet the Team
Brandy Brooks, MA, MS
Catherine Mercier-Baggett, AICP
David Rouse, FAICP, ASLA
Neil Weinstein, AICP, PE, RLA
Table of Contents
Project Area Context
Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition
Greater Baybrook Vision and Action Plan
Goals and Strategies
The Role of Green Infrastructure
Goals and Strategies
Overall Concept Plan
Garrett Park Concept Plan
Appendix A: Community Stakeholders and Residents Interviewed During the Planning Process
Appendix B: Middle Branch Master Plan (2007) Maps
Appendix C: Brooklyn/Baybrook CPAT Project Picture Gallery
Appendix D: Meet the Brooklyn/Baybrook CPAT Members