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Amazing Grace

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Last week marked the completion of a 16-month restoration effort on the grounds of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, in McElderry Park! Thanks to funding from special partners, Blue Water Baltimore was able to help install:

  • a pollinator garden

  • 1,000 square foot rain garden, and

  • replace more than 1,500 square feet of unused road with grass

This project has been a tremendous joint effort, with resources and investment from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and a terrific partnership between the National Wildlife Federation, Banner Neighborhoods, McElderry Park residents, and Amazing Grace.

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Community Oasis

Combined with the existing vegetable gardens and labyrinth on site, this latest round of greening has helped create a vibrant, inviting, and functional community oasis that increases wildlife and pollinator numbers and significantly reduces stormwater runoff.

With this work and other greening efforts in the community like vacant lot restoration, storm drain stenciling, and rain barrel installation, we are working to create a groundswell movement where residents unite to seek out opportunities to help improve the health and beauty of their community and the environment.

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Photographs provided by: Carolyn Millard.