New Attractions May Be Coming To Inner Harbor

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On Monday, the city of Baltimore will entertain new ideas for attractions to the Inner Harbor. Planners are first targeting Rash Field.

But as Tim Williams explains, some people welcome new activities, while others don’t want to lose what’s already there.

Professional volleyball is a familiar site at the Inner Harbor. For 12 years, Baltimore’s Rash Field has played host to Baltimore Beach. With a potential 50,000 visits and a several million dollar annual economic impact to downtown, it’s one of the largest and most popular outdoor volleyball facilities in the world. It’s also one of the contenders to become a permanent Inner harbor attraction.

“Our proposal, I think, is one of the few maybe, that promotes a healthy and physical involvement of Baltimore citizens…area citizens,” said Baltimore Beach Volleyball founder, Todd Webster.

A Ferris wheel and an elevated tower for sightseeing are two of the ideas the Baltimore Development Corporation — which oversees downtown development for the city — is considering for the Rash Field site.

“Let’s say we add two or three more attractions to the Inner Harbor. That’s great for us, it’s great for tourism. You’ll have new product in the city people haven’t seen before,” said Tom Noonan, spokesperson for Visit Baltimore.

The BDC received nine bids after it issued a request for family-oriented attractions to the Inner Harbor
in time for the 2012 summer tourist season.

“So that when people want to come to Baltimore, it’s not just to come to Baltimore for the waterfront or for the stadiums, it’s also because Baltimore has this new great park that attracts them,” said President of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Donald Fry.

Many visitors welcome the change.

“I think it might be something the kids would like,” said one.

“That sounds good because there’s not really much to do,” said another.

“I think it would not be a bad idea, you’re going to get more families down here. But you don’t want to take away the volleyball courts,” said a visitor.

That’s what Baltimore Beach wants to hear.

Zip-lines and miniature golf courses are among the ideas being considered.

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  1. JackDaniels says:

    TRU DAT!!! THAT JUST GIVES THE THUGS ANOTHER PLACE TO PREY ON THE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS OF BALTIMORE OR VISITORS FROM OTHER STATES……………IT’S LIKE PUTTING DISNEYLAND IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON YARD!!!!

    THAT CASINO THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING IN THE CITY WILL BE ANOTHER PALCE WHERE PEOPLE WILL BE PREYED UPON………WALK OUT OF THE CASINO WITH YOUR WINNINGS AND GET MUGGED!!!!

  2. brian says:

    they put all this stuff at the harbor and the rest of the city falls apart find another place to but attactions other than baltimores tired harbor

    1. hommy says:

      BRAIN YOU ARE SO RIGHT ! NOT ONLY THAT, THE BALTIMORE. CITY PLANNING COMMITTEE WAIT UNTIL ECONOMY AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BECOME A ALL TIME HIGH STATISTICAL RATE ALONG WITH EXTREMELY HIGH GAS PRICES. NOW ANOTHER BACK WARD CRAZY ENTERTAINMENT PLAN TO TRY TO PULL IN MONIES THAT NO ONE SEEM NOR WANT TO SUPPORT. THE MAYOR HAS LOST HER MIND.

      PLUS, THE INNER HARBOR HAS LONG PLAYED OUT.!!!!! NO ONE REALLY GO DOWN THE INNER HARBOR, JUST THE PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN OR BUSINESS PEOPLE. THE INNER HARBOR IS WAY FAR TOO OVER PRICE. ALL THE FOOD TASTE ALMOST THE SAME, THE FOOD IS NOT WORTH THE PRICE THAT THE SORRY RESTURANTS ARE ASKING FOR. THE EMPLOYEES DO NOT KEEP THEIR HANDS CLEAN !!!

      THE INNER HARBOR IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY AKA A JOKE.

      1. Hommy is Baltimore Education says:

        oh my god, your comments are completely unreadable!

  3. Doug says:

    Volleyball gets boring.
    So consider topless women’s volleyball, for starters.

  4. Joe says:

    As someone that plays in the harbor this really sucks. His city is a waste and rash field is one of the good things the have. Build you giant wheel an within two years you will have the mayor and Martin telling you that new tax money is needed to subsidize the ferris wheels operation. Hear me now and believe me later. Here is an idea, tear down the worl trade center in the harbor. City run and funded project with what, 30% occupancy. You would displace less people getting rid of that eye soar.

    Unfortunatley this decision is already made. The guys that run the volleyball courts don’t have deep wallets to bribe the elected extortionist.

    This city is about to lose one of the few things that requires no subidies, generates tax revenue, and does not require a police force to keep it from becoming a blood bath. Way to go Baltimore, you loose again. Would the last tax payer please turn off the lights as you exit this dump!

  5. Middleriver fun says:

    MR.FRY The city of Baltimore Inner Harbor Isn’t a PARK ! 6 flags is short drive down 97 into BOWIE FOR ALL THAT MATTER! Amusement Rides will create more trash for which our Harbor suffers terribly of now.YOU FOOTING THAT CLEAN UP BIL???,Speaking of WHICH ADD CLEAN UP TO YOUR LIST WITH UNDERCOVER Officers and Baltimore will thrive.AND FOR THE VOLLEYBALL,Seriously never knew that was there till now! fitness is what Baltimore needs! LET IT STAY

  6. frank coffee says:

    And parking is also available in near by Dundalk !

  7. tylerjake says:

    Until they address the problem with thug “wannabes” at the harbor and surrounding areas, they can try whatever they want. It’s just like spraying perfume on a skunk! Plus as one other person said, you get there and then pay $20 to park and it’s no where near the event your attending…no thanks B’more…try again!

  8. Thug Life says:

    This has got to be one of the funniest comment threads I’ve ever read; “Hommy” makes a few comments expressing his or her opinions (albeit grammatically and intellectually challenged, but no matter) and “Pappy Anderson” comes along to save the day with his or her amazing diatribe filled with syntax and grammar errors alike.

    Wait, I take that back. This thread is just plain idiotic. I’m moving on to read about Britney Spears’ “lip-sync debacle”. *shock*

    1. Baltimoron says:

      Hahahahaha!!! Baltimore needs more thugs! LOL!

  9. KSO says:

    instead of spending all this money on amusement park rides lets spend that money on cleaning up the city.. hmmm…

  10. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    LET’S JUST BUILD A HUGE CASINO PARK WITH DIFFERENT RIDES AND FOOD. CASINO’S ALWAYS MAKE MONEY, PLUS MORE SECURE. CHARGE A ADMISSION FEE AND SECURITY GUARDS, GUARANTEED INSTANT SUCCESS. PEOPLE WILL GO WHERE IT IS SAFE FOR FAMILIES.

  11. John Price says:

    where the hell they gonna fit a ferris wheel?? o.O

  12. Darlene Marie Hawkins Dorsey says:

    parents are not going to be bringing their kids until baltimore is safe and the crime is gone…..and we know when thant will be……never……Not as long as we let murders out on the street by cutting deals with them such as the female murderer who killed the Johns Hopkins scientist……….did we really need her testimony? Crazy — lets just reward all these murderers for bad behavior..way to go Baltimore!!

  13. Geil says:

    They should build an animatronic statue of Sheila Dixon that pickpockets tourists and buys xboxes for her bratty kids. Baltimore sucks and I couldn’t be happier that I moved out. Guess what. There are functioning cities out there! Baltimore is a national embarrassment.

  14. Diane King says:

    I have to agree that many people are not going to want to go to inner harbor attractions until 1) there is an inexpensive and convenient place to park and 2) they find a way to keep out the groups of thugs that hang around and look to make trouble. Neither of those problems are going to be easily fixed.

  15. sheriff says:

    The problems begin & end with the thug 13 yr olds to the 28 yr old street ignorant uneducated hip hop punk “Spoonies” & the filthy trash littering about along with the safety hazards they form.

  16. Amy says:

    Baltimore Beach is a wonderful, healthy site for Baltimore. If given more exposure, it could be a tourist attraction. Thousands of people play in the Beach Leagues every weeks and head out to the bars afterwards to generate revenue for the city. Plus, it gives Baltimore a softer, healthier, hometown feel. People know each other there and are friendly. They welcome new people to learn and try to have fun playing. The youth could be more involved there. With more healthy activity in the lives of young people, they could surely get a better education and keep them off the streets and out of trouble. If anything, they should be expanding the Baltimore Beach.

  17. Baltimore Aaron says:

    The courts are fantastic. As a Baltimore City Resident for 6 years, I can easily say its one of the reasons I live here and it would be a MASSIVE disappointment to see if replaced with a Ferris wheel or Sight Seeing Tower.

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