Beech Avenue Park Project
2nd Steering Meeting a Positive Step
On November 6, Barbara Hopkins from NeighborSpace led a meeting of neighbors at Kenwood Presbyterian Church to discuss new developments and future plans for the lot at the intersection of East Elm and Beech Avenues.
Close to 20 community members and a representative of Councilwoman Cathy Bevins’ office learned of positive moves including the clearing of invasive plants, an openness on the part of County government toward relinquishment of an adjacent parcel and abandonment of the paper road that forms one side of the proposed park. With the enthusiastic support of neighborhood families, the group discussed calling the park “Cherry Heights Wooded Garden.” The proposed design would pay homage to the Cherry Heights neighborhood whose original border bisected the park. There is a dark history of deed covenants and redlining of real estate in Baltimore. The story of this corner of Overlea established at the end of the Number 15 streetcar line as a place where African-American families could own a home in a quiet suburban community deserves to be remembered.
NeighborSpace buys property inside the Urban-Rural Demarcation Line (UDRL) in an effort to make green space accessible to all residents of Baltimore County. You can read more about this and other projects at www.neighborspacebaltimorecounty.org