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File #: 17-0046    Version: 0 Name: City Property - Renaming Harlem Denison Park to be the William Donald Schaefer Park
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 4/3/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 6/13/2017
Enactment #: 17-026
Title: City Property - Renaming Harlem Denison Park to be the William Donald Schaefer Park For the purpose of changing the name of Harlem Denison Park, located at 3421 Harlem Avenue, to William Donald Schaefer Park.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett
Indexes: City Property - Renaming
Attachments: 1. 17-0046~1st Reader, 2. Real Estate 17-0046, 3. Law 17-0046, 4. Rec and Parks 17-0046, 5. DOT 17-0046, 6. Planning 17-0046, 7. 17-0046~3rd Reader, 8. Completed Legislative File 17-0046
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill

Introduced by: Councilmember Burnett

A Bill Entitled

An Ordinance concerning
title
City Property - Renaming Harlem Denison Park to be the William Donald Schaefer Park
For the purpose of changing the name of Harlem Denison Park, located at 3421 Harlem Avenue, to William Donald Schaefer Park.
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By authority of
Article 5 - Finance, Property, and Procurement
Section 20-2
Baltimore City Code
(Edition 2000)

Recitals

For many years, Harlem Denison Park was an eyesore to the nearby residents of the Edgewood Community. With litter scattered throughout the park’s open areas, with cracked sidewalks, and with unsafe, rusted fences, the park provided negligible worth to the community. This year the blight was removed through the help of the Parks and People foundation, which invested $65,000 to improve the area and to add new features. In the process of revitalizing the area, the community’s input was consulted in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.

Now the park has green grass, trees, boulders, and a plaza for community gatherings, and it has improved the image of the community as a whole. The Edgewood Community believes that Harlem Denison Park should be renamed to reflect the park’s revitalization. The park is presently named for the intersection of 2 streets adjacent to its boundaries, and the name does not reflect the character of the community.

One notable resident and Baltimore icon lived in the community. That person was William Donald Schaefer, former mayor and 58th Gov...

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