Johnston Square park receives renovation grant

The Baltimore Sun
Renovations to park in Johnston Square will bring short-term happiness, long-term growth to area

Ambrose Kennedy Park in Johnston Square will be renovated, thanks to a $437,500 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and American Planning Association.

Baltimore's Parks & People Foundation was one of four Great Urban Parks Campaign winners in the country. The money will be used to improve the green space at Ambrose Kennedy Park, as well as install shade trees, a new restroom facility and improve the storm water system.

Lisa Schroeder, president and CEO of Parks & People, said the new park could spur long-term growth in the area.

"We are thrilled to be part of this project, which, with its innovative design, has the potential to transform the lives of children living in Latrobe Homes and attending Johnston-Square Elementary School and to bring many more resources to the community," Schroeder said.

An improved park will help residents better connect with nature and one another, said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA president and CEO.

Renovations are to begin in summer 2017, to be completed by fall of that year. Contractors will be hired once the park plan is complete with community input.

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