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Park Maintenance and Programming

urn-holiday-greens-&-consv-mini-sign The Park Maintenance and Programming Committee has instituted immediate improvements to the park squares thanks to the generosity of the businesses and cultural institutions facing the park and the City of Baltimore.

More than $100,000 was spent in each of 2011 and 2012 to make immediate landscaping improvements such as new flower beds, shrubs, colorful hanging baskets, and lushly planted urns. Park benches have been repaired and painted, and East and West Park fountains are flowing.

The Conservancy also contributed to the creation of an official dog park in order to reduce the negative impact of the heavy dog usage.  Off-duty police officers on foot contribute to better security.

The Park Maintenance and Programming Committee also organizes a year-round schedule of popular free activities including yoga, movies, musical and performances as well as  children’s activities throughout the year, including Halloween and Easter.  The Committee is planning a series of MVP walking tours, and  electronic tours to provide an accessible tour for the handicapped and others unable to physically visit Mount Vernon Place.

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Management partners  include Agora Inc., Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Caplan Family Foundation, City of Baltimore, The Engineers Club, Maryland Club, Midtown Community Benefits District, Mount Vernon Belvedere Association, The Mount Vernon Club, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, The Stafford Apartments (AIMCO), The Time Group, Truffles Catering at the Belvedere, The Walters Art Museum, Washington Park Company, Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court Hotel, and anonymous donors.

Restoration

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The Restoration Committee is composed of architects, and landscape and architectural historians. The committee managed the development of the Mount Vernon Place Master Plan by Olin Partnership and is shepherding its review by CHAP and the Maryland Historical Trust.

Capital Campaign

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The Conservancy Board has committed to raising $12,000,000 from public and private sources for the implementation of the Mount Vernon Place Master Plan. Current fundraising focuses on Phase I of the Master Plan, the restoration of the Washington Monument and ornamental cast iron fence, and Phase II, the rehabilitation of the North and South Park Squares.

MVPC’s Board of Directors launched the campaign with a collective contribution of $536,000.  Government sources are helping to leverage private contributions:  The City of Baltimore has contributed $1,000,000, and Governor O’Malley has pledged $3,000,000 from his capital budget.

Generous and caring supporters, together with the Department of Recreation and Parks, understand that a public-private partnership is the only realistic approach to restoring and maintaining this iconic Baltimore symbol for future generations.

Membership

couple-on-grass-tulips-in-front The Membership Committee formed recently to galvanize community participation and support for Mount Vernon Place.

Finance

The Board Finance Committee oversees all of the Conservancy’s financial and transaction activity

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