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April 25, 2014
Last Saturday, almost 100 people gathered in Symphony Woods to learn more about the two proposals for development there. The Coalition to Save Symphony Woods did a great job of helping us to understand them, their history, and their impact on the Woods and Columbia. Most striking to us was the negative impact that three features of the Inner Arbor corporation's proposal will have if it is allowed to proceed. The misnamed "Picnic Table" (only 18 inches off the ground) will cut across the Woods, making access through them difficult.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
A patrol officer came upon a shootout between two men on a Northwest Baltimore street Sunday afternoon and fired multiple shots, killing one while the other escaped, police said. The officer, a two-year veteran of the force who was not immediately identified, arrived at the 5000 block of Beaufort Ave. in the Central Park Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. and saw the two men shooting at each other, Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said. The officer fired multiple shots, hitting one of the men, who was taken to a hospital and later died, Rodriguez said.
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EXPLORE
November 19, 2012
In 1963, I headed the Rouse Company Planning Team that envisioned a large, central park adjacent to the Town Center commercial district and the eventual Columbia Plan designated the entire 50-plus acres as permanent open space. At the urging of the Washington National Symphony, we agreed to build an outdoor amphitheater in the center of Symphony Woods on approximately 10 acres to be carved out for the pavilion but be preserved as part of the larger park, all of which was to be eventually transferred to the Columbia Association.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
It is very disturbing news to read in The Sun that the Citizen's Promenade walking area in Fells Point will be done away with by a decision coming from the Board of Estimates this coming Wednesday without any consultation with the Promenade Committee ( "Kevin Plank's Recreation Pier hotel plan moves forward," June 9). We know what the vote will be 3-to-2 because Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake controls the board and she always gets her way when it comes to "money over citizens.
ENTERTAINMENT
By The Hollywood Reporter | February 3, 1995
In a co-venture with the city of New York, Walt Disney Pictures will present its coming animated feature "Pocahontas" free to 100,000 people June 10 on Central Park's Great Lawn.Tickets for the premiere, which will be preceded by a live Disney show, will be distributed through a random mail-in program to be announced in local New York outlets in the spring.Disney chief Michael Eisner, who grew up a few blocks from Central Park, called the event "a kind of 'family Woodstock.' "
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | June 11, 1995
NEW YORK -- It rained a bit, but nobody complained as umbrellas popped open. The souvenir and refreshment lines were long and winding, but people were patient. It took some doing to find a place to plop down a blanket, but there were smiles and laughter amid the picnic baskets and stuffed animals.After weeks of anticipation, frenzied activity and debate about whether the event should happen at all, the mood was decidedly mellow last night on the Great Lawn of Central Park for a Walt Disney spectacular.
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By New York Times News Service | August 20, 1995
NEW YORK -- Hundreds of Grateful Dead followers, many in tie-dyed shirts and dresses, played cat-and-mouse with police across Central Park yesterday in defiance of a ban on a gathering in memory of the band's leader, Jerry Garcia.The fans, denied a permit for the observance, converged on the Great Lawn near the Metropolitan Museum of Art but were confronted by parks enforcement officers who told them they would not be allowed to play the bongos, drums and guitars they carried unless they moved to another part of the park.
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By John J. Goodman and John J. Goodman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 6, 2002
NEW YORK -- Drawing puzzled stares from joggers and bicycle riders, the small band of trackers moved through Central Park, aiming a radio antenna at the shadowy outlines of trees silhouetted against the night sky. Depending on whether the signal from the receiver they carried faded or grew stronger, they darted up hills slippery with a carpet of fallen leaves, moved through underbrush and crossed a small stream. Occasionally they peered with a night-vision scope. Their mission: trace a flock of increasingly savvy screech owls.
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By Stevenson Swanson and Stevenson Swanson,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | February 13, 2005
NEW YORK - The drab winter landscape of Central Park came alive with undulating panels of orange fabric yesterday as teams of workers unfurled "The Gates" to the cheers of art lovers. The largest public art project in New York history, The Gates is the work of Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, the artists who are on a first-name basis with fame because of previous eye-popping projects such as wrapping the Reichstag in Berlin and creating a flowing fabric fence in northern California.
SPORTS
By Michael Reeb | December 24, 1991
Excuse George Hirsch if he gets a bit animated when he talks about the Runner's World Midnight Run.Hirsch is the founder, organizer, director -- and sometime runner in -- the New York Road Runners Club's annual 5-mile midnight trek through Central Park. In its 13th year, the Midnight Run has grown from a field of 2,000 to 5,000, including runners from 37 states and 10 nations. Along the way, it has attracted world-class runners."Almost invariably, there's a very good runner [in the field]
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Last Saturday, almost 100 people gathered in Symphony Woods to learn more about the two proposals for development there. The Coalition to Save Symphony Woods did a great job of helping us to understand them, their history, and their impact on the Woods and Columbia. Most striking to us was the negative impact that three features of the Inner Arbor corporation's proposal will have if it is allowed to proceed. The misnamed "Picnic Table" (only 18 inches off the ground) will cut across the Woods, making access through them difficult.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
I just returned from a tour of Symphony Woods and was appalled by the plans that the Inner Arbor Corp. has proposed. It includes an 800-foot "caterpillar. " This structure has been pitched to many municipalities across the country for their parks and all of them had the good sense to decline. Original and previously approved plan: "The central park will be a place for music, the arts and nature. It will be an inviting and beautiful gathering place that provides a respite, a breathing place for downtown.
NEWS
April 13, 2014
The 2008 plan for Symphony Woods Park envisioned the development of a walkway layout that would preserve more than 250 trees. Only 30 existing trees were to be removed to implement the walkway plan that was approved by the Columbia Association Board in 2009. The walkways were to be constructed in the summer of 2013 with the 1.6 million dollars authorized by the CA Board. The interactive fountain and the café were to be implemented in phase two. Over 90 percent of the woodland landscape is preserved in the 2008 "Central Park" plan.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2014
Today it's best known for the pagoda, summertime jazz concerts and some of the city's best sledding. But an archaeological dig planned for Patterson Park's Hampstead Hill seeks to revive a largely forgotten 200-year-old story. While most know Fort McHenry's role in the Battle of Baltimore, thanks to Francis Scott Key and "The Star-Spangled Banner," few know or remember what transpired on the hill overlooking the harbor. Buried there could lie remnants of the trenches that helped Baltimore fend off advancing British land forces and end the War of 1812.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
In the summer of 1989, the Baltimore Harbor Promenade opened officially. It began with a 3-mile walk from the Canton Waterfront Park and concluded at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. "The Promenade was designed as a permanent public pedestrian walkway with accompanying landscaping along the harbor's edge. When completed, it was to be 7.5 miles long and reach the Baltimore Museum of Industry. " That quote came from Mayor Kurt Schmoke's administration. The Promenade in 2013 remains public property along the waterfront edges of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, but many questions still remain about its future.
EXPLORE
April 17, 2013
Richard and Julia Dimmick of Jarrettsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara, to David Burya, son of Ida Stratton of Mohave Valley, Ariz., and Eugene Burya of Spokane, Wash. Dimmick, a graduate of North Harford High School and Florida State University, is owner and operator of Physical Equilibrium in Manhattan. Burya graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is employed as an architectural lighting designer with Tirschwell & Company Inc. in Manhattan. The couple is planning an October wedding in Central Park.
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Sandy Banisky and Ann LoLordo and Sandy Banisky,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 8, 1995
NEW YORK -- In the misty darkness before dawn, the glow of an earthly light illuminated a giant altar, decked in purple and gold and looking like an otherworldly ship that had settled gently on the damp ground.But a few hours later, a man of God transformed the muddy oasis into a cathedral on the lawn.About 125,000 people streamed into Central Park yesterday for Pope John Paul II's morning Mass. The occasion combined pop and opera stars, New York spectacle and a chance to pray with the Holy Father under the trees, with the city's cloud-shrouded towers in the background.
EXPLORE
February 4, 2013
Councilmembers Ball and Sigaty provide excellent reasons why we should be in favor of a plan for improving Symphony Woods ("CA's Inner Arbor Plan is 'bold vision' for Symphony Woods," Letters, Jan. 31). Unfortunately, the plan they favor fails to provide almost all of the elements to which they refer, while the currently approved plan for Symphony Woods does. They mention the need for "walkability" in our new downtown. Yet the "Inner Arbor Plan" (IAP) removes three points of walkable connection from the woods across LPP to the rest of downtown that are provided in the Paumier Plan and requires patrons to drive to a parking structure and walk up to 1,000 feet on a steep slope to get to the amenities it provides.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Decades ago, developer James W. Rouse looked at a rundown industrial waterfront in downtown Baltimore and saw the makings of an attraction called Harborplace at the Inner Harbor. Now a former Rouse employee looks at an expanse of woods in downtown Columbia and sees the possibility of an "Inner Arbor. " That's the name Michael McCall has given his proposal to turn 34 acres of woods surrounding Merriweather Post Pavilion into a place meant to celebrate both the arts and nature, a combination performing arts center, sculpture garden and elevated arboreal walkway.
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