New Middle Branch Waterfront plans connect parts of Baltimore

New design plans unveiled for the future of the new Middle Branch waterfront show a transformation that will take place in South Baltimore. Spanning 11 miles of shoreline along the Patapsco River, the plans will create new connections between South Baltimore’s 19 neighborhoods, which have historically disconnected from the waterfront. It’s a goal the city has had since 1904 Now the plan for “Reimagine Middle Branch” is about to take shape starting with new parks and trails. around Brooklyn and Curtis Bay to Cherry Hill and Westport, all the way to Port Covington,” said Brad Rogers, executive director of the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership. Those behind the effort envision a new recreation campus, fishing piers and gathering spaces. In the heart of Middle Branch Park, they want to turn the boathouse into a market space with plans to build a boathouse for the Baltimore Rowing Club. Planners said they wanted those directly affected by the work to be in the driver’s seat. now, while we have the opportunity,” said Keisha Allen, chair of the board of Westport Community Economic Development Corp. Residents like Allen talk about the lack of access to the area from his Westport neighborhood. This is why new connections will be built. “This project wouldn’t mean anything if Westport can’t get here, if our kids can’t cross the two sets of railroads and get here, but other people can come from surrounding counties or other parts of the city or even other parts of south Baltimore, that doesn’t mean anything,” Allen said. Work is already underway to take Middle Branch from Baltimore’s forgotten waterfront to the city’s next big attraction.” Over the next five years, you’re going to see approximately $100 million in improvements in southern neighborhoods from Baltimore,” Rogers said.

New design plans unveiled for the future of the new Middle Branch waterfront show a transformation that will take place in South Baltimore.

Spanning 11 miles of shoreline along the Patapsco River, the plans will create new connections between South Baltimore’s 19 neighborhoods, which have historically been disconnected from the waterfront.

It’s a goal the city has had since 1904. Now the plan to “reinvent the middle branch” is about to take shape starting with new parks and trails.

“(Parks and trails will wrap) all around Brooklyn and Curtis Bay to Cherry Hill and Westport, all the way to Port Covington,” said Brad Rogers, executive director of the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership.

Those behind the effort envision a new recreation campus, fishing piers and gathering spaces. In the heart of Middle Branch Park, they want to turn the boathouse into a market space with plans to build a boathouse for the Baltimore Rowing Club.

Planners said they wanted those directly affected by the works to be in the driver’s seat.

“Speak now, while we have the opportunity,” said Keisha Allen, chair of the board of Westport Community Economic Development Corp.

Residents like Allen talk about the lack of access to the area from his Westport neighborhood. This is why new connections will be built.

“This project wouldn’t mean anything if Westport can’t get here, if our kids can’t cross the two sets of railroads and get here, but other people can come from surrounding counties or other parts of the city or even other parts of south Baltimore, that doesn’t mean anything,” Allen said.

Work is already underway to take Middle Branch from Baltimore’s forgotten waterfront to the city’s next big attraction.

“Over the next five years, you’re going to see about $100 million in improvements to neighborhoods in south Baltimore,” Rogers said.

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