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$1 million bond approval paves way for Rash Field project

Posted: 3:02 PM, Apr 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-05 15:02:41-04
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BALTIMORE — A new blueprint of what Rash Field Park could look like in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor waterfront is capturing eyes and imaginations.

The Maryland General Assembly just awarded the Waterfront Partnership's project a $1 million bond. Phase One of the project is expected to begin by the end of this year and cost about $17 million, according to RashField.org .

The City of Baltimore has already commented $10 million, with the State of Maryland contributing another $2 million. The Waterfront Partnership is pursuing further fundraising.

Some of the planned renovations you will notice at the 7-acre redevelopment are a cafe for food that may potentially sell alcohol, an outdoor patio, amphitheater-style seating, a park and playground for kids, and even a skate park, which will be called “Jake’s Skate Park,” named for 5-year-old skate boarding enthusiast Jake Owens who was struck and killed by a distracted driver who was using a cellphone.

All of these features will replace one of the small parking lots.

Phase One is expected to break ground in 2019, taking 12-to-18 months to complete, with a target date of 2021.