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Rash Field Redevelopment

Baltimore, MD
Snapshot

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.

Owner

Baltimore Waterfront Partnership 

Awards
  • AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Award Honorable Mention
  • 2020 MD ASLA Honor Award for Unbuilt Project.
Key Features
Rash Field Festivals

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.

Rash Field Studies

 

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.

PROGRAMMING |

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 |

KINETIC PLAY

  • Imaginative and interactive play spaces that incorporate opportunities for children to learn about their surroundings and the environment

NATURE PLAY

  • Nature inspired play structures that engage children in a setting that is both physically and mentally stimulating

THE SKATE PARK

  • Through the public input process, a concept for a skate park, designed by nationally recognized skate park design team, emerged
  • Provides much needed dedicated space for the skate boarding community of all ages and abilities in the Inner Harbor and Downtown

EDUCATION & ECOLOGY |

LEARNING LABS

  • Outdoor learning classrooms
  • Bioretention ponds and educational signage to teach children about the environment and the importance of the Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • Will be planted to attract native bird populations and butterflies

 

PROGRAMMING & ENTERTAINMENT |

THE OVERLOOK

  • A landing space for visitors entering the park and a connection from surrounding neighborhood
  • A place of prospect and gathering with sweeping views of the Inner Harbor, skyline, and park programming

 

THE PAVILION

  • The focal point of the park with bustling activity emanating out into the surrounding park areas
  • Programmed with a local eatery, rental and kiosk, public restrooms, and shaded outdoor seating overlooking the park activity and Inner Harbor

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

THE BEACH

  • Designed to accommodate seven beach volleyball courts
    and act as an urban beach
  • Programmed to accommodate other beach activities
    including badminton, beach bocce, running drills, and non sport related programming

 

 

OPEN LAWN

  • An open space sized to host a multitude of health programming including flag football, youth league soccer or lacrosse games, free workout series, informal pickup games, and adult league games
  • Flexible space for hosting
    events of all sizes

 

 

FITNESS AREAS

  • Exercise equipment hubs and workout zones will compliment running loop, open lawn, and beach for maximized workouts
  • Each Fitness Area will feature unique exercise equipment, to accommodate a range of fitness levels & abilities

 

 

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.