City Sand Competition Returns to Harborplace Saturday After 11-Year Hiatus

The City Sand competition is returning to Harborplace on June 24, 2023, after an 11-year hiatus. The event, which brings together creative teams to build sand sculptures, is a beloved tradition in Baltimore and is expected to draw large crowds.


Details of the Competition

The City Sand competition is a legacy event presented by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and MCB Real Estate/Harborplace. It is sponsored by Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Southway Builders, Gray & Son, C.L. McCoy Framing Co, Inc., 84 Lumber, and Ecological Restoration & Management.

The competition will take place on June 24 from 11 am-4 pm at the Harborplace Amphitheatre between the two Harborplace Pavilions. Teams comprise local design professionals, including builders, architects, contractors, and more.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Reimagining Harborplace,” teams will be building sand sculptures that reflect their vision for the future of the iconic waterfront destination.

Community Response

The Return of the City Sand competition has been met with excitement and enthusiasm from the community. The event is a beloved tradition in Baltimore and is expected to draw large crowds of residents and visitors alike.

“City Sand is a Baltimore institution, and we are thrilled to see it return after an 11-year hiatus,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott in a statement. “This event is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of our city’s design professionals, and we look forward to seeing their visions for the future of Harborplace come to life.”

Call to Action

The Return of the City Sand competition reminds us of the importance of community events and their role in bringing people together and celebrating the unique character of our cities. As the match occurs, community members are urged to come out and support the teams and enjoy the festivities.

The event is also a reminder of the importance of creative expression and the role that design professionals play in shaping the built environment. The City Sand competition is an opportunity to showcase the talent and creativity of Baltimore’s design community and celebrate our city’s unique character.

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