Mahan Rykiel was selected by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to re-imagine Rash Field to be Baltimore’s destination location for a diversity of uses and users from across the demographic spectrum who are interested in health & wellness, arts & culture, local food, and urban nature. Planning for such uses involved a diligent public engagement process that necessitated numerous community stakeholder meetings and solicited input through a website, surveys and focus groups.
Based upon the input provided via the engagement process, a plan for Rash Field emerged that will transform Rash Field into a location for community members and tourists interested in play, health & wellness, urban nature, education and arts & culture.
A PLACE TO CELEBRATE BALTIMORE, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS SPIRIT | With over 14 million visitors a year, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is the city’s gateway to the national treasure of the Chesapeake Bay. Along the promenade you’ll find the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, restaurants and nationally significant heritage sites and neighborhoods.
A MISSED OPPORTUNITY |
Rash Field is perfectly positioned to be the heart that pumps energy into the Inner Harbor. Instead of a family friendly environment that draws people throughout the city and region, studies pointed to challenges in access, micro-climate and limited park use.
COMMUNITY LED DESIGN |
Planning for the Rash Field Redevelopment involved a diligent public engagement process that necessitated numerous community stakeholder meetings and solicited input through a website, surveys and focus groups. Visualizations of public input data was reported back to lead discussions on the future of the park.
INVITING BALTIMORE INTO RASH FIELD |
Through an iterative process, the design team worked to blend salient points of the community feedback into the plan. Parallel to the integration of public input, the team strove to open the edges, create welcoming arrival points, celebrate water views, and design places for gathering, learning, and playing.
Located in Baltimore’s core tourism district, the public engagement process presented an overwhelming desire for the park to serve as an amenity for Baltimore residents. Themes identified and incorporated into the design include: recreation & play, education & ecology, programming & entertainment and health & wellness.
RECREATION & PLAY |
THE SKATE PARK
PROGRAMMING & ENTERTAINMENT |
HEALTH & WELLNESS
BALTIMORE’S CALLING | The new design of Rash Field answered a calling. Baltimorians envisioned a place to empower themselves; where they come together to make one another stronger both mentally and physically; a retreat to celebrate, cherish and share the place they call home.