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
  • 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
  • Bmore Streets for People
  • Bon Secours Health System
  • Central Maryland Transportation Association
  • Citizens Planning and Housing Association
  • Coppin State University - Spatial Data and Analysis Center
  • East Coast Greenway
  • Ekistiks LLC
  • GirlTrek
  • Graham Projects
  • Greater Baltimore Committee
  • Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition
  • Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council
  • Gwynns Falls Business and Homeowners Association
  • Flowering Tree Trail
  • Friends of Druid Hill Park
  • Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park
  • Friends of Herring Run Parks
  • Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes
  • Handle Bar Café and Bike Shop
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Masonville Cove Wildlife Refuge
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • Morgan State University
  • Mt. Royal Improvement Association
  • National Park Service
  • Parks & People Foundation
  • Patterson Park Audubon Center
  • Race Pace Bicycles
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
  • Sagamore Development
  • Seawall Development
  • Southeast Community Development Corporation
  • Tour dem Parks, Hon
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Baltimore
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • York Road Initiative
  • 1000 Friends of Maryland

Get Involved

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