Cal Ripken Sr. Youth Recreation Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Park Heights is about to get greener with a brand new field. This November, the City of Baltimore, in partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and Park Heights Renaissance, will be cutting the ribbon on development of a brand new multi-purpose field behind the C,C, Jackson Recreation Center on Park Heights Avenue. The foundation, which was started by the legendary baseball player and his brother Billy, works to aid at-risk youth by providing positive athletic outlets and facilities. By partnering with the city, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation can combine its own resources with the new slots revenue to develop this modern, high-quality field. The ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 12,2013 at 3:30 pm
According to an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Thomas Stosur, director of planning for the city, said the ballpark — a multipurpose, synthetic turf field — is one aspect of the master plan for Park Heights that also includes upgrades to the C.C. Jackson Recreation Center and the addition of a basketball court and playground. Overall, the redevelopment plan includes about 60 acres. The first phase of the 7-acre park is expected to be finished by fall 2014, including the Ripken field, playground, basketball court and walking paths.
Park Heights and other parts of Baltimore city are no strangers to unused or under-used open spaces. Providing athletic activities in these spaces helps make an area more attractive while promoting exercise by giving urban children easy access to athletic space. Development projects also bring jobs and economic activity to the area that benefit the Park Heights community as a whole. The Ripken name gives youth a role model while providing visibility and credibility for the urban revitalization that this and other changes in the Park Heights community represent Citizens will also begin to see the slots revenue start being put to use for city development projects like this field.