A former industrial site cut off from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for more than 140 years, is now home to an exciting new venue. Mahan Rykiel Associates, a local landscape architecture and planning firm has partnered with Beatty Development, BHC Architects, Chef Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka’s Baltimore Foodshed restaurant group to create Sandlot, a concept based on the most fundamental requirements for successful placemaking – great food, great ambiance, and great fun – but you can bring the kids too.
Sandlot is envisioned as an interim installation as Harbor Point, a 27 acre redevelopment, continues its build out. Mahan Rykiel’s team planned the space in collaboration with BHC Architects and Baltimore Foodshed, using materials like construction grade tubs for growing hops, repurposed wood shipping pallets for sculptural elements like a green wall, planters and an amphitheater to create a vibrant and diverse experience for visitors. Bocce courts are built to spec with basic lumber frames filled with crushed stone; trees grow from galvanized culvert pipe. Tivoli lights frame the various programmed spaces which include beach volleyball, bocce, a hammock lounge area, a climbable play sculpture, dining and open beach area. The material choices are simple but rich in texture and quality and that adherence to basic elements is what gives the project its coherence.
The experience at Sandlot is as diverse and eclectic as the materials that make up the space. Beach Volleyball, Bocce, movies, climbing structures, hammocks, a beach (yes, a beach!) and an offering of food and drink like no other make up an ensemble that ensures hours of entertainment and an experience unlike any other in Baltimore.