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The Harbor is Baltimore's most valuable asset - the history, the location, the view, the recreation, and most of all, the water itself.

The Waterfront Partnership, Inc. is dedicated to improved maintenance, beautification, and visitor services for our community's signature asset, bringing a new spirit of vitality to the entire waterfront. In addition to hospitality and safety services, the Waterfront Partnership cleans the Waterfront promenade daily and performs all landscaping services including planting seasonal colorful flowers, manicuring gardens, and keeping the area lush and green. Waterfront Partnership also promotes the Waterfront as a destination for local and regional visitors and establishes events to attract and entertain visitors and maintains and programs events in the West Shore Park.

Healthy Harbor

The Waterfront Partnership Leading the Way to Swimmable Fishable Harbor

History

The Baltimore Harbor has transformed Baltimore City from a small industrial town into a booming tourist destination. From the beginning of the 18th century, the Harbor’s strategic importance generated widely successful trade, shipbuilding, canning, and steel industries. Years of industrial power, however, have rapidly deteriorated the water conditions, pipes, and infrastructure, forcing Baltimore into a period of revitalization and reorganization of the economy. Today, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor drives the tourist industry that the city has come to rely on. This reliance on tourism requires a healthy harbor to maintain and expand Baltimore’s appeal as a recreational and productive destination.

In the 1790's, Maryland led the nation in shipbuilding and Baltimore was the undisputed leader of this industry on the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore Clippers, built for speed in an era when speed on the high seas was synonymous with survival, won the respect of the maritime nations of the world and helped establish the reputation of the Port of Baltimore as a center of commerce and the home of some of the world's most creative shipbuilders. The first US Navy ship ever to enter service was launched from the Harris Creek Shipyard in Fell's Point on September 7, 1797. She was christened the USS Constellation and served in the US Fleet for more than 50 years, protecting our countrymen in campaigns against Tripoli and Great Britain. Now, she rests in the Inner Harbor as a reminder of Baltimore’s contribution to our nation.

 
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