This year, The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore began creating the social, environmental, and economic vision for the Harbor's bright future in the midst of the pandemic.
Our Clean, Green & Safety Teams embodied the organization's mission to make the Harbor a 'world-class destination for Baltimore' with their unyielding commitment to maintaining, beautifying, and securing the districts for all visitors to The Waterfront. Cleaning efforts heightened when restaurants and bars transitioned to outdoor dining in light of safety measures as the amount of containers, wrappers, cans, and other debris increased before staff quickly addressed the issue.
The Healthy Harbor Initiative's goal to amplify the message to all Baltimoreans in regards to making ecologically sound choices with the disposal of trash struck a chord with residents citywide as it performed community service events on land, at sea, and in virtual classrooms. Finding new ways to enliven The Inner Harbor since Harborplace's gradual decline has always been the intent of The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.
Our focus on outdoor marketing was best exhibited in the informational and picturesque Harbor Walks, where visitors were able to learn why clean water is essential to a sustainable Harbor for marine life and other aspects of nature found in and around our region. Rash Field Park's initial stages of development showed the collective reimagined vision for The Inner Harbor shared by residents, board members, business leaders and elected officials who were keen on seeing the creation of a thriving nexus that included ample space for family entertainment, recreational wellness and opportunities of commerce for area businesses during its highly-anticipated construction after the previous year's groundbreaking.
All of these accomplishments were done at a time when the world was quickly adapting to the 'new normal' defined by prolonged stints of social isolation and an underlying sense of anxiety. It speaks volumes to the constant resilience of the staff, board members, and residents who ably assisted in striving to elevate The Waterfront to its rightful place as the city's premier attraction.