Preston Gardens, a historic but run-down park separating St. Paul Street from St. Paul Place in downtown Baltimore, will get a $6.75 million face-lift soon that will add green space to its upper level and restore its aging sandstone and brick wall.
The Downtown Partnership, city officials and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings announced the 18-month project Tuesday, though some preparatory work has been underway since June. They envision a more inviting public space for downtown Baltimore residents to eat lunch, play bocce and listen to live music.
The iconic park has become more like a traffic median over the decades, said Downtown Partnership officials.
"With the residents...