Spring Park Clean-Up Event

It’s almost spring and the Friends of Mount Vernon Children’s Park are looking for volunteers to help us with our upcoming clean up on the Children’s Park at 801 N. Calvert Street! On Saturday, March 19 at 9am, we’ll be gathering at the park to get the park and plants ready for warmer weather. This will include pruning trees and bushes, picking up trash, sweeping up sand, weeding, spreading mulch, and touching up the paint on the fence around the park.

We’ll be providing the clean-up supplies as well as donuts and coffee to any volunteers. Please feel free to bring your kids, too!

Please comment here if you are interested or send an email to mountvernonchildrenspark@gmail.com to help us with a head count. We appreciate any help! Thanks!

Poll: Park improvements wish list

We want your input! Let us know what you want you want most for the park!

Mount Vernon Children’s Park Toy Bin

IMG_8282We have recently added a communal toy bin to the park! We’ve added the following items so far:

  • 2 small rubber balls
  • 1 small foam football
  • 3 bottles bubbles
  • 1 twirling baton
  • 1 megaphone
  • 1 jump rope
  • 1 plastic bat and ball
  • 1 foam dart
  • 1 child’s play rake

Please feel free to use any of the toys in this bin, but remember, be a good neighbor and return them here before you leave the park! These toys are for all kids to share!

All communal toys will have “Mount Vernon Children’s Park” or “MVCP” written on them in black permanent marker to help differentiate from toys your kids might bring from home.

Parents—if you find that some little hands have taken any of these toys home, please help us out and return them to the park on your next visit. We also welcome donations of toys to the bin! Anything weather resistant and safe for kids will be welcome! Just write “MVCP” on permanent marker and drop them  off here. Thanks!

November Park Meet-up

This last August, we kickstarted monthly park meet-ups for neighborhood families as a way to get to know one another better and to discuss the future of the Mount Vernon Children’s Park. The first meet-up was very successful, with parents and guardians socializing and kids running around the park and playing. From this, a small committee of neighborhood parents formed and began talking in earnest about improvements and additions that could be made to make our park even more fun! Meet-ups continued for the next few months, falling on the third Friday of each month and starting at 5:30pm.

While we met in the park for August, September, and October’s meet-ups, the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter (don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour this Sunday!), so we are moving the winter meet-ups to indoor venues. This month’s meet-up will take place at the newly opened Mt. Vernon Marketplace at 520 Park Avenue on Friday, November 20 at 5:30pm until whenever. Come and join us to meet other neighborhood families! And of course, bring the kids! (We’ve contacted the Marketplace, too, to ask about possibly adding a kid-friendly corner where children visiting the market can play or sit, and were told that it was definitely an idea that they would consider based on space considerations–maybe by November 20, there will be one!) The meet-up is casual–just a time and place to hang out. However, if you are interested in sharing your input in the park, finding out about our future goals for the park, or if you want to volunteer, we’ll be discussing those matters, too, and bringing with us a monthly newsletter to share as well as a Playworld Systems playground equipment catalog that you can browse through to see what kind of improvements we might be able to make in the future.

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

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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 nicolregan@gmail.com 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 sbwarren@hotmail.com.

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.