The importance of green spaces cannot be understated when it comes to the mental, physical, and social health of communities. According to the University of Delaware
, the benefits of outdoor spaces for people range from stress reduction to faster healing and the lowering of pollution and decreasing local crime. The university also notes that people living near green spaces boast a stronger sense of community, cope better with day-to-day stresses
, manage problems more effectively, and even perform better on concentration tests than their urban-bound peers.
Baltimore county officials and developers have taken the research into consideration when planning a range of new developments for the area that will see new parks, green spaces and outdoor amenities being made available to residents from all corners of the county. In mid-2021, the Baltimore Sun
reported the county’s first plans to build a new public park in more than six years. They revealed that the new Sparrows Point Park would be built on a piece of land within the Tradepoint Atlantic industrial facility – a site formerly owned by the Bethlehem Steel mill. The park, which will lie along Jones Creek and border the southeastern towns of Edgemere and Sparrows Point, is set to be the first built by Baltimore County after years of calls for athletic space and community facilities from local communities.
The park is planned for the edge of the 31,00-acre campus where the steel mill’s 2012 closure left behind tens of millions of dollars’ worth of pollution cleanup. Tradepoint Atlantic is reportedly donating the land situated at 1900 Wharf Road to the county to aid in the development of the new park. The Baltimore Sun article also noted that community members and officials are planning a 16,000 square foot, sustainably powered community center on the land, which will boast activity rooms, a gym, and other essential amenities. The building will be the county’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum designed construction, paving the way for future environmentally conscious developments in Baltimore.
Developments like Sparrows Point Park highlight the importance of professional landscaping and lawn care services, particularly in commercial and public settings. Greener Horizon says that professional landscaping efforts provide curb appeal to potential visitors and community center users, improve the morale and mental and physical health of local residents, and support sustainability within communities. Additionally, these expert landscaping and maintenance services ensure safety and security for those using the park, which help to make green space developments an ongoing success.
Outdoor Plazas, Parks in the Works at Port Covington
WBALTV has confirmed that South Baltimore is set to receive a pioneering new outdoor space
. State and city officials, together with business leaders and community members, have been hard at work developing a ‘mini-city’ in Port Covington that will boast open green space, outdoor plazas, glassy buildings, and over 1 million square feet of retail and office space, modern residential units, landscaped parks, and parking facilities. Professional landscapers play a very important role in the completion of this project as they prepare customized solutions to meet unique requests and grounds care needs
of this new outdoor space.
The complete development is expected to offer 2.5 miles of redeveloped waterfront land along the Patapsco River’s middle brand, including 18 million square feet of mixed-use amenities. The development, which began construction in late 2019 under Whiting-Turning Contracting Co., will create tens of thousands of jobs and bring in an estimated $300 million in tax revenues over the next decade. This will support the development of even more commercial outdoor spaces.