One of the main goals when devising OLIN’s Master Plan (see summary) was to look at the park as a cohesive whole; not a series of streets, sidewalks, gardens, and statues, but a unified urban space that needs modern upgrades to become a more attractive, safer, accessible, and sustainable “place.”
With a team of civil engineers, arborists, stone conservation experts, and public space management specialists, OLIN’s plan looks at Mount Vernon Place holistically and addresses the needs of a modern urban park; needs that were not considered when the park was designed a century ago.
Below ground, the plan addresses outdated infrastructure, new soils to resist compaction and retain stormwater, and added irrigation systems. Above ground, new flowers, shrubs, and trees have been specifically chosen for an urban environment, allowing them to thrive into the future without compromising existing utilities and hardscapes. Historic stone elements will be preserved and restored, and accessibility and pedestrian safety tremendously increased with the addition of sidewalks and curb cuts on the perimeter of the squares.
More detailed plans have been created for the North and South Squares that adhere to the principals laid out in the approved Master Plan. An exciting look at how these squares might appear is available in our latest educational VIDEO.
The Conservancy leadership is dedicated to completing this restoration of Mount Vernon Place, reestablishing this historic space in Baltimore, and ensuring its vitality for the next century.