BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Rash Field Park, which is located on the south side of the Inner Harbor next to the Science Center, is about to receive a major facelift.
Third-graders from Francis Scott Key Elementary helped usher in the new era of play, education and recreation at Rash Field Park during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.READ MORE: Severe Thunderstorms Bring Heavy Rain, Tornado Watch, To Maryland Counties
“This gives the children the opportunity to utilize the Harbor in a way that is beneficial to everybody,” Christine Williams said.
The renovation of Rash Field Park has been a priority of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore since 2015.
“It’s for Baltimore,” Laurie Schwartz, President of the Waterfront Partnership, said. “It’s for Baltimore families, city-wide families, to come and enjoy.”
Phase I of the project will bring in features like a kinetic playground, nature park, waterfront cafe and even a green roof overlook.READ MORE: Baltimore's Light Rail Trains Waylaid By Fallen Tree On Tracks
“It’s awesome,” Frank Fernandez said. “It gives the kids something to do.”
In total, Phase I will cost $16.8 million, with money coming from the city, state and private sources.
Professional skateboarder and Baltimore native Joey Jett helped raise over $35,000 for a skate park.
“I think it’s a way for kids that are troubled to get out and go do something and go do something positive,” Jett said.
Phase II will create a new beach experience, butterfly and bird labs and build new youth sports fields.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Battle Two-Alarm Fire Amid Thunderstorm In Baltimore's Riverside Neighborhood
Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2021.