By Tim Williams

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Patterson Park has had many claims to fame, but now it’s about to earn a new title: Baltimore’s greenest neighborhood.

Tim Williams has more on the area’s conservation efforts.

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With wheelbarrows full of mulch, augers to dig the holes and dozens of neighbors investing sweat equity, Patterson Park is doing its part to become Baltimore City’s newest and greenest community.

“More trees will make our streets safer, more beautiful and more attractive to residents,” said PPNA Greening Committee Chairperson Robbyn Lewis.

Lewis says the focus is to build the green and sustainable nature of the community, largely through tree planting, flowers and plants along streets.  This is the first planting of 2010, although it comes at the end of the year.  It was made possible by a $33,000 grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and other agencies.

“This is the first phase, the first step in a larger effort that will take us a few years, but we’re lucky the Chesapeake Bay Trust believed in us and helped get us started,” Lewis said.

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Twenty-six trees will be planted Saturday and 80 total.  The balance of that 80 will be done when the weather breaks in the spring.

Matt Dodd is in charge of tree stewardship.

“You look at a street with no trees, and we plant some trees on either side.  The greening, the positive effects for the environment and also for the people,” Dodd said.

The neighborhood is changing its landscape with new trees just in time for the new year.

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The Patterson Park Neighborhood Association has raised more than $80,000 to complete its project.

Tim Williams