Summer is hot and the Children’s Park Fountain is cool!


The fountain at the Mt. Vernon Children’s Park is on for the summer! Special thanks to Susan Warren and every volunteer who helped to lead the efforts to repair the fountain over the past year and David March of D.G. March & Associates who did great work getting the fountain up and running just in time for warm weather. The fountain is child-activated – just hit the black rubber button on the smaller flower. Please help us keep the fountain running and the park clean by clearing leaf debris or other debris from the fountain drains if they are clogged and discouraging children from any playing with sand by the fountain.

Spring Cleaning with Friends and Neighbors on May 10

We had a great time at our Spring Book Exchange on Sunday – thanks to everyone who volunteered and everyone who joined us!

We’re doing a quick evening cleaning at the park this Friday to clear out some of the weeds, trim the shrubbery, sweep up the leaf debris and clean the sandbox. We’ll do anything we can manage in an hour so stop by for any time that you can (even if it is only 15 minutes) from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday evening.

RSVP on for the Clean-up on Facebook or comment below if you are able to attend!

Spring Book Exchange (and DBFA Playground Crawl!) on May 5

Our second annual Spring Children’s Book Exchange is here and it is bigger and better than ever before! Bring your gently used children’s books to share and pick up new-to-you books from your friends and neighbors. We’ll have healthy snacks thanks to Eddie’s of Mount Vernon, chalk to draw, balls to play, craft activities and costumed story readers starting at 11:00am. Best of all – Baltimore Reads has donated over 100 books – boardbooks, picture books, pop-up books, poetry books and more – to share with Baltimore kids of all ages!

Children’s Park Spring Book Exchange
Sunday, May 5, 10:00am to 12:00pm – Playground crawl begins at 9:00am
Mt. Vernon Children’s Park – 801 North Calvert Street at Madison
RSVP on Facebook or e-mail Nicol Regan at for more information.

The Mt. Vernon Children’s Park is a unique community playground with a sandbox, play equipment, and (in the hot days of summer) an interactive splash pad! Stop by and connect with Mount Vernon area families in the Midtown Baltimore Families Facebook group.

Volunteer Meeting & Neighborhood Playdate on April 7

The Mt. Vernon Children’s Park recently won $3500 in grant funding from the Parks & People Foundation Partnership for Parks and Neighborhood Greening programs to undertake some exciting improvements including expanded plantings and new equipment for younger children. We’re also planning some fun family events for this spring and summer. Please join us for our first volunteer meeting of the year!

Volunteer Meeting & Neighborhood Playdate at the Mt. Vernon Children’s Park
Sunday, April 7, 9:30am to 11:00am
Meet at the Mt. Vernon Children’s Park – 801 North Calvert Street at Madison
RSVP on Facebook!

Join us for our first volunteer meeting of 2013 to discuss our recent Partnership for Parks Grant to install toddler friendly playground equipment, our 2nd Annual Children’s Book Exchange on May 5 and volunteer maintenance plans for the spring and summer. Children are welcome – we’ll have a balls and boxes of sidewalk chalk! Coffee will be provided.

Update on new projects at the Children’s Park

There are four major projects currently being pursued for the Children’s Park:

  1. Repairing the water play area. Repairs have been made and the spray park should be operational next summer.
  2. Replacement of the tree in the deep tree well. We have requested the removal of the broken tree on the upper level of the park. After it is removed, fill dirt will be added to raise the height of the dirt and a new tree will be planted.
  3. Repairing the wrought iron fence on the lower level. Our request for these repairs was placed in June. Recreation and Parks is handling these repairs. They have a contractor lined up and they tell us they are now “waiting for approval” to spend the funds.
  4. Two grant applications are being filed to fund a new piece of equipment that will suit 2-5 year olds. The hedge maze will be fully removed and this equipment will take its place. New surface covering will be installed under the new equipment.

If you are interested in learning more about these projects, please contact Susan Warren at

Midtown Family Potluck Brunch on October 21

Miss going out to Sunday brunch now that you have kids? So do we! Everyone is invited for a community potluck brunch at the Mt. Vernon Children’s Park.

Midtown Family Potluck Brunch
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 9:30am until 12:00pm
Mt. Vernon Children’s Park, Calvert and Madison Streets
RSVP on Facebook!

Share stories with fellow sleepless parents and parents-to-be. Get daycare tips. Let the kids run around on the jungle gym, play in the sandbox and snooze in the sun before the winter arrives.

Please spread the word with all of your friends in Mt. Vernon, Bolton Hill, Station North, Seton Hill and beyond! Also, please RSVP and note what you can bring. Some things we’ll need include: tables, folding chairs, utensils, napkins, plates…and food! Bagels, doughnuts, coffee, fruit, whatever you’d like.

Mt. Vernon Family Consignment Sale during the Baltimore Book Festival

Noticed a lot of strollers around Mt. Vernon lately? So have we. Our neighborhood is growing and we’ve decided it’s time to clean out the closets and get organized. Join Mt. Vernon Families-Baltimore for our inaugural consignment sale Saturday, September 29 — the same weekend as the Baltimore Book Festival.

Mt. Vernon Family Consignment Sale
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Mt. Vernon Children’s Park (Calvert and Madison) in Baltimore
RSVP on Facebook!

New and gently used maternity, nursing and children’s items will be for sale. The event will take place at the Mt. Vernon Children’s Park, located at Calvert and Madison, and 25% of the proceeds will go toward park repairs and revitalization.

Help make this a successful event (and make some extra cash) by contributing your family’s items to the sale or joining us as an organizer or volunteer. Take 10 minutes to fill out the registration form today.

Join us for the annual Mt. Vernon Children’s Park Family Picnic!

Screen Shot 2013-05-08 at 2.47.57 PM.pngAll Mt. Vernon families are invited to attend our annual children’s park picnic. The water feature will be turned on and everyone is welcome to bring a picnic blanket and join in the fun! Please bring your own sandwiches and drinks, plus a side dish, salad or dessert to share. RSVP on Facebook or at

Mt. Vernon Children’s Park Family Picnic
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 11:00am until 2:00pm
Mt. Vernon Children’s Park, Calvert and Madison Streets