The Baltimore Ravens will host an organization-wide volunteer day to transform an empty site in to a new state-of-the-art playground at Douglass Homes (1500 East Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD 21234). Fully funded by the Ravens Foundation, Inc., the playground project features a six-hour construction day (8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.) followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 6.
Current and former Ravens players and team staff will join representatives from KaBOOM!, the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and the Douglass Homes community to complete the playground project. More than 200 volunteers are expected to be on-hand to assist throughout the day.
Volunteers will help build the new playground, assist with the painting of U.S. and world maps, assemble new picnic tables and bench seating, and aid in the beautification and landscaping of the area. In the afternoon, Ravens players, cheerleaders and Poe will visit City Springs Elementary School, where they will escort students as they visit their new playground for the first time. Ravens president Dick Cass will lead a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at the day’s conclusion.
Douglass Homes currently does not have a designated area where youth can play, and families have had to travel to other areas of the Baltimore community to access playgrounds or recreational equipment. This project will provide an active recreation space for the children of this community, helping further their physical, creative, cognitive and social/emotional development.
The playground build continues the Ravens’ long-standing commitment to making a difference in the Baltimore community. The Douglass Homes project serves as the fourth build by the Ravens in conjunction with KaBOOM!, joining the Collington Square School (2007), the Good Samaritan Hospital Child Development Center (2009) and German Park (2011) as the previous joint efforts.
Some other recent signature projects funded by the Ravens Foundation include:
Renaissance Academy High School Renovation
Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School Restoration
The Ravens Bookmobile
Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary #34 Library Restoration
City Springs Community Athletic Complex and Football Fields
Baltimore City High School Uniform Donation with Under Armour
Rowhome Build with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
“Ravens Field” Build at Park Heights Youth Development Park
Three previous KaBOOM! Playground Builds
Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (MERVO) Stadium Renovation
Lumsden-Scott Stadium Renovation (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Western High School)