In the photo above, Mahan Rykiel joins the Turner Station community as they survey Fleming Park site, a project intended to promote community and climate resiliency. Across the water you can see the remnants of the original piles for a boardwalk that served the historically African american community. Today, we are building off of this history to envision a park that supports public health, habitat restoration, coastal resiliency, and environmental justice.
A recent profile, by the Baltimore Sun on Turner Station, captures this not so distant past, and a legacy the community is striving to preserve and adapt for the future. We are proud to be working with such a dedicated group of people on their vision for a park that will serve as a heart of the community for generations to come.
Here is an excerpt from The Sun’s article:
People who grew up in Turner Station, an African-American enclave in Baltimore County, recall a place where “everybody knew everybody” and church and family ruled. Many went on to great success, despite racial challenges. Now some are working to revive the neighborhood.