Transforming the Public Realm by Providing Equitable, Healthy Trail Access for People of All Ages and Abilities in Baltimore City

How We’re Getting It Done

Plan4Health Coalition Grant

In late 2015, the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, led by RTC and Bikemore, received an innovative Plan4Health Grant from the American Planning Association to form a sustainable coalition of broad-based stakeholders—with representatives from public agencies, nonprofit organizations, the private sector and community groups—to promote trails as part of urban design solutions for public health equity.

Through this key support from a national partner, the coalition was able to:

  1. broaden the public health discussion to include using trails as tools for access to equitable movement and community development for healthy communities; and
  2. convene a broad range of partners on the role trails as open space networks that support local and regional economic development and help attract investment in what are often overlooked spaces in the urban landscape (which, when planned holistically, can be a true part of community connectivity and revitalization).

Over the last year, the coalition, which continues to grow, has met regularly to engage in planning efforts to ensure that the trail network will serve the transportation and recreation needs of all residents and businesses in Baltimore.

France-Merrick Foundation Grant

In early 2016, RTC received funding from the France-Merrick Foundation to work with coalition partners on planning, design and community outreach in three significant corridor gaps along the proposed trail network. The work will continue throughout 2017 and will be used to leverage state and federal funds for public input, final design and trail construction.

This type of public private partnership enables the city, philanthropic community and private sector to assist each other in helping Baltimore reach its objectives related to progressive community planning, and positions trails to act as a catalyst for community growth.

33rd Street Trail Alternatives

The Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition is currently working on preliminary designs for a trail along E. 33rd Street to connect Lake Montebello, Charles Village and the neighborhoods in between. Read more about the project.

Lead Project Partners and Core Coalition

The Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition is led by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Bikemore—with the full leadership team comprising the following:

33rd Street Meeting | Photo by Brandi Horton

Core coalition partners include:

  • Bikemore
  • Ace Hardware
  • AIA Baltimore's Urban Design Committee
  • American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter
  • Auchentoroly Terrace Association
  • American Planning Association – MD Chapter
  • Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Baltimore City Department of Transportation
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • Baltimore Emerging Technology Center
  • Baltimore Green Map
  • Baltimore Urban Land Institute
  • Blue Water Baltimore
  • Bmore Streets for People
  • Bon Secours Health System
  • Caves Valley Partners
  • Central Maryland Transportation Association
  • Cherry Hill Community Association
  • Church of the Guardian Angel
  • Citizens Planning and Housing Association
  • Clark Construction
  • Coppin State University - Spatial Data and Analysis Center
  • CREW Baltimore
  • East Coast Greenway
  • Ekistiks LLC
  • Franklin Square Community Association
  • Flowering Tree Trails of Baltimore
  • Friends of Druid Hill Park
  • Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park
  • Friends of Herring Run Parks
  • Friends of the Jones Falls
  • Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes
  • GirlTrek
  • Graham Projects
  • Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition
  • Greater Baybrook Alliance
  • Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council
  • Greater Remington Improvement Association
  • Gwynns Falls Business and Homeowners Association
  • Handle Bar Café and Bike Shop
  • Horseshoe Baltimore
  • iCarre Foundation
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • JP2 Architects
  • Lambda Alpha International - Baltimore Chapter
  • Loyola University
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Masonville Cove Wildlife Refuge
  • Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Commission
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital
  • MedStar Health
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • Midtown Community Benefits District
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount Clare Community Association
  • Mount Royal Improvement Association
  • NAACP Baltimore City Branch
  • National Park Service
  • Neighborhood Design Center
  • No Boundaries Coalition
  • Parks & People Foundation
  • Patterson Park Audubon Center
  • Pigtown Community Association
  • Preservation Maryland
  • Race Pace Bicycles
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Ridgely's Delight Association
  • Sagamore Development
  • Seawall Development
  • Southeast Community Development Corporation
  • Tour dem Parks, Hon
  • Union Square Community Association
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Baltimore
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Weller Development
  • Westport Community Association
  • York Road Initiative
  • 1000 Friends of Maryland

Get Involved

Join the coalition to make the 35-mile Baltimore Greenway Trails Network a reality.