On Wednesday, the Baltimore City’s spending board awarded the Living Classrooms Foundation a five-year contract to repair the tumbledown dock that is located between the National Aquarium and World Trade Center. The organization will also be responsible for operating a new attraction, with a fleet of pirate-themed boats.
Living Classrooms vice president, Chris Rowsom, said $300,000 would be invested in 12 electric boats and a new dock. The pirate-themed boats are expected to arrive in June and will be available for rent. Visitors can operate the boats in the harbor.
A garden commemorating Clarence H. Du Burns, Baltimore’s first African-American mayor, outdoor cafes, along with upgrades to the McKeldin Plaza and Harborplace Pavilion are planned or underway at the harbor. Two snack bars will also be added, one at the West Shore Park and one at Rash Field.
The Waterfront Partnership president Laurie Schwartz said, the changes will be a draw for visitors. The nonprofit oversees the Inner Harbor’s progress and upkeep.
“There are always new attractions and amenities at the harbor, whether it is special events at the aquarium, new tenants at the Power Plant Live or outdoor dining and special events,” Schwartz said.
The “harbor market, which entails vendors and food trucks, will begin on May 5 at the McKeldin Plaza on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All proceeds from the electric boats will go to help maintain the fleet of Historic Ships, US Submarine Torsk, US Sloop-of-War Constellation, Lightship Chesapeake and the US Coat Guard Cutter Taney, all which are set up in the harbor within walking distance of each other.