Friends of Patterson Park: Phase One CompleteSarah Turnbaugh
Phase One of the Deepening Roots, Cultivating Community campaign for the Friends of Patterson Park’s Superintendent’s House is complete! JBC team members attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in April 2021 in celebration of this long-awaited milestone. These renovations have been part of the park’s master plan dating back to 1998, making the opportunity to see this transformation come to life even more exciting for the Baltimore community. The newly renovated 1868 Superintendent’s house will now serve as a better resource to the local community for years to come!
JBC was contracted in 2019 by CapEx and the Friends of Patterson Park as construction manager for the restoration and renovation of the 1868 Superintendent’s house. JBC worked with the team through design and value engineering efforts until funding was finalized and final approval from the city was granted. The purpose of this project was to provide a more functional working space for employees and a more accessible space for community organizations and members to utilize for fundraising and community efforts.
“This project has transformed a building that’s really our home… we always knew it wasn’t acting as the resource we knew it could be for our community, and our staff, so this was truly an opportunity to address the issues. We decided we were not going to do this halfway. People have woven the park into their lives which really means that the work of the Friends will only continue to grow and having this space will allow us to do that more effectively. We see a time coming soon where this space is just going to buzz with energy. And then our kitchen… we are excited about how we can support community events… like the flea market… and then also the opportunity to do cooking programs, which is something we’ve always wanted to do and have a great space for. Our volunteers deserve a space that really supports them and the park’s needs.” – Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director at Friends of Patterson Park
New ADA accessibility throughout, a community kitchen with commercial appliances, and a modernized meeting space lends itself to new outreach initiatives and more. The mix of old historic features such as the brick archways, wood floors, and slate roof, paired with the fresh new lighting, walls, and windows pays homage to the home’s past while better serving the needs of today. A vision created by architecture firm PI.KL.
“This is the beauty of public spaces. It’s not just a place, it is a memory. It’s where dreams come true. It’s where kids run around the fountain and have imaginary dreams about what their future holds. That’s why investments in these moments and these places matter so much. This is the time to be in Baltimore… this is what it looks like when you succeed.” – Bill Ferguson, President of Senate
The Friends of Patterson Park Mission
“The Friends of Patterson Park (FoPP) is an independent 501c3 organization with a mission to ensure the park’s vitality as a treasured green space and encourage its use and appreciation by neighbors, visitors, and future generations.” Through a partnership with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, the team at FoPP is able to create and maintain a positive image of the park, foster park stewardship in the community, host family events, and more. To learn more about the park’s upcoming events, including Zumba and nature walks, click here.
JBC is grateful for the opportunity to further the mission of this organization and make Baltimore City a better community for its residents.