FOGFLP has learned of two sewer construction projects (SC291 and 977) that are starting in the Gwynns Falls river bank and flood plain. As advocates for the park, we understand the necessity of these projects but our goal is to limit the damage.
Contractors, unless directed otherwise, will take the fastest and cheapest route towards completing their project and we have learned these projects will require both temporary and permanent access roads (for long-term maintenance).
With the aim of mitigating damage and shining light on the City's planning process, FOGFLP has put together a Task Force that includes members of the Windsor Hills Conservation Trail, Baltimore City Forestry Board, Dickeyville Community Association, and FOGLFP. Three of task force members have significant field construction experience.
Baltimore City's Department of Public Works (DPW) in response to Task Force inquiries, has agreed to allow Task Force periodic inspections. FOGFLP has also requested that a Task Force member be allowed to participate in the periodic construction project meetings.
The FOGFLP Task Force is working closely with Rec & Parks and Councilman Kristerfer Burnett. A meeting is planned for the week of 4/20 to bring all parties together to try to get answers to the questions the community has and to insure safeguards to the park.
We hope to have positive news to report about these necessary projects and that City agencies can be counted on to ensure they are completed in an environmentally responsible manner and further that the park's treasured forest is repaired and even improved as a result of them.