– article was published in Friends of Baker Park newsletter
The Friends of Waterford Park (FWP) is pleased and grateful that it has signed a memo of understanding with the Friends of Baker Park (FOBP). FOBP now serves as a 501c3 fiscal agent for the Friends of Waterford Park.
Founded two years ago under the leadership of president Virginia Brace, the Friends of Waterford Park seeks to enhance Rock Creek Park and Waterford Park bordered on the east and west by Route 15 and Baughman’s Lane and on the north and south by residential areas along Rock Creek Drive and the Waterford development. Rock Creek and Carroll Creek converge at the east end of Waterford Park. The group is dedicated to the development of the parks by adding to and making improvements to the parks’ landscaping and fostering neighborhood involvement in the development of the passive neighborhood parks.
With the support of grants from various environmental agencies, last year the group planted over 500 native trees and shrubs and this year will add 200 trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. To make way for these indigenous species, FWP is working to eliminate invasives and has been supported in this effort by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. The group is in the midst of planting larger donated trees along a path that winds through the park. Additionally, the group has added a butterfly garden and various bird houses, including a purple martin house. These enhancements are based on a site plan approved in concept by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
Kathy Fay will serve as FOBP’s liaison to FWP, and Chris Judd will reciprocate as FWP’s liaison to FOBP. The Waterford Friends invite our Baker Park partners to visit this hidden gem and see what progress has been made. Since Waterford Park is still a work a progress, any FOBP member is welcome to contact Ginny Brace at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.682.6135 if you’re interested in helping at one of the planned work sessions.
The Friends of Waterford Park look forward to working with the Friends of Baker Park as we work toward out shared goal of enhancing the city’s green spaces.