Thank you from the Westport Neighborhood Association and Westport Community Partnerships. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Westport Block Party a wonderful event.
We could not have done it without the help of our volunteers. Special thanks to the BRANCHES crew from Parks & People Foundation and the festival organizers’ family members who came from near and far and worked all day to help set up and clean up, cook and serve food, manage kids’ games, take pictures and generally make the party a success.
Thank you to Westport Academy school #225 for providing the beautiful location. The wide grassy field with its stunning view of the Baltimore skyline was a lovely place to spend the day. DJ Sir Gil kept the party going. And this year, live R&B musicians Simply Black entertained the crowd, setting the groove for hours.
Booths from the National Aquarium, Rebuilding Together, Johns Hopkins CARES Safety Center, South Baltimore Learning Center, Education Online and Harbor Bank kept neighbors interested. The BNEC Energy Booth was giving away amazing gifts and prizes. And the Baltimore Rowing Club’s rowing machines stayed busy all day, as the kids worked off the calories from all of the cupcakes and cookies they ate from the Bake Sale Table. Parks & People’s Nature Play Space kept kids thinking and building green. And the Fire Department’s Engine No. 58 set the backdrop for their recruiting team’s table.
But it was the Baltimore City Police Department’s participation that put the event over the top when police helicopter Foxtrot circled around above the festival a couple of times, landing right there on the school field. For hours, the pilot talked to the neighbors and let the kids take turns climbing aboard the helicopter and checking it out. Then he climbed back in, lifted off, and circled the field a couple of times as we all waved goodbye and watched him fly away. It was spectacular!
The WNA was able to bring you a great festival this year because of its generous sponsors Wheelabrator Baltimore, Family Health Center, Harbor Hospital, Parks & People Foundation, Fitch Co. and Jack’s Deli. The BNEC Energy Booth and giveaways were made possible by a grant from the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge. And a most generous grant awarded by the Baltimore Community Foundation through its Neighborhood Grant program helped ensure the event could be taken to a new level.
We hope to keep the trend going with bigger and better fairs every year. And we look forward to seeing all of our wonderful volunteers, participants and sponsors back again next year. Thanks to you and to everyone who attended for helping us celebrate Westport!
Click here to enjoy the Westport Block Party 2011 Photo Album with over 125 pictures of the event. It's almost as much fun as being there!
Hot off the presses, the Summer 2011 Newsletter is here...
The Summer 2011 newsletter is printed and distributed to every door in Westport and is emailed directly to the Inbox of everyone on our email list, (click here to join). All of Westport Community Partnerships' newsletters are available online anytime. In this issue...
Westport Reclaims its "Main Street," Annapolis Road...
A New Mural on Annapolis Road...
For the second year in a row, the Baltimore City Rotary Club is generously sponsoring a Westport baseball team made up of boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 14 who attend Westport Academy. The team plays in the Baltimore Baseball League (BBL) organized by Parks & People as part of their Hooked on Sports program. And they are lucky to have Coach Chris James return this year as well. To learn more, check out the Summer 2011 newsletter.
Westport Cares About the Boys & Girls Club...
News and Notes about the Neighborhood...
Check out the Summer 2011 newsletter for the latest information about what's happening in and around Westport -- cookouts and parties, highlights from what's on the horizon for fall, a Note from the Prinicpal, Ms. Felecia Irick, and more. And stay tuned to this website for the latest on Westport throughout the summer...
Join Team Westport in the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge!
Westport has entered the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge (BNEC). And at least 16 of your neighbors have volunteered to be Neighborhood Energy Captains. Their goal is to raise neighborhood awareness and help reduce Westport's energy usage house by house. Neighborhood Energy Captains are reaching out to inform their neighbors about energy saving measures and help them access information and resources, including grant and assistance programs, market-rate energy services and more. Reduce your energy usage -- take the pledge. For more information or to learn how you can get involved, contact Tom Caponiti or Bonnie Crockett.
The Westport Neighborhood Association (WNA) has been working with Westport Community Partnerships and the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) to create a Westport "Main Street" & Gateway Design Plan for Annapolis Road.
The project started in July of 2009, when the WNA was successful in its request for support from the NDC. Over the course of close to a year, NDC volunteer architects, designers, and city and traffic planners attended six public meetings, giving all of the neighbors the opportunity to participate in the project, and receiving input from a wide variety of neighbors. In addition, NDC volunteers attended WNA Board of Directors' meetings to discuss the design plan in great detail
The final product, which was presented to the neighborhood at the WNA's June 3, 2010 general meeting, and to the Dept. of Transportation, the Dept. of Planning and the Baltimore Development Corp. on June 10, 2010, is a true reflection of the Westport neighborhood's vision for the future of its "Main Street."
The final plan and a poster summarizing the key elements are available here for download…
Many thanks and kudos to the NDC volunteers who worked on this exciting plan. In particular, Claudia Barragan, Mauricio Del Pozo, Meg Maffeo, Gerald Neilly and Steven Parsons, who went above and beyond. Their final plan is a product of the neighbors' ideas and visions captured with remarkable creativity and professionalism. The WNA and Westport Community Partnerships are fortunate and thankful to have had such a talented design team.
The next steps will be equally challenging. The WNA and Westport Community Partnerships will work together on the long process of applying for grant funding and undertaking other efforts to implement the plan over the next few years as the revitalization of Westport continues.
Or contact us for more information.
Westport Community Partnerships | 443-717-3627
a Westport Waterfront Development Project initiative