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The Remarkable Transformation of Sisson Street Community Park

Sisson Street Park Ⓒ Edward Weiss for the Central Baltimore Partnership

Spring has almost sprung, and that means that more people will soon be enjoying the fantastic assortment of Central Baltimore parks as temperatures climb. You may not be familiar with Sisson Street park in Remington because it’s so new, but you really should put it on your Spring itinerary. Don’t take our word for it, though. We created this short video (less than a minute and a half) to document the amazing work that the Remington community has done with Sisson Street Community Park, in a very short time. It does so simply by showing shots of the park in spring and summer. Get ready to be gobsmacked by the big reveal at the 1-minute point, where it shows the original appearance of the lot before work began.

The heroes of this story are: Friends of Sisson Street Park, formally founded in 2020 — though the effort dates back to an Adopt-a-Lot license obtained from the City in 2015. The park’s stewardship is directed by three community members (Molly McCullagh, Bill Cunningham, and Maryanne Kondratenko) and supported by over 80 neighbors, who each have roles in maintaining the park. The park is the scene of multiple events when weather allows –­ ranging from popsicle nights, to Mission Fitness programming, to movie nights, and (of course) ample opportunities to help with gardening. You can learn more on the Sisson Street Community Park  Facebook page. We wish we had the resources to show each Community Spruce Up in this detail, but hopefully our video will give you an idea of the profound change that communities across Central Baltimore are engaged in. You can learn more about  the Community Spruce-Up Grant Program here.

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