Bethel Street Playscape Re-Vision Project

With the help and support of The 6th Branch (T6B), and Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), Oliver Beautification Alliance (OBA) has secured a grant from the Baltimore Community Foundation (BCF) to re-Vision the Bethel Street Playscape, located in the 1500 block of North Bethel Street. Additionally, T6B and BWB have also secured funding for the Playscape.

After getting feedback and hearing concerns from the residents that border the Playscape, these grants will enable the purchase of additional lighting, garden ornaments, and benches in and around the Playscape to create a space where residents of all ages can enjoy, and utilize. In this space, the community will be able to use it as a space to take walks, people watch, for kids to play, and for outdoor movies and community events. One of the events that is scheduled to take place is a 3rd Fridays Summer Outdoor Movie Series, starting in June, funded by MECU through BOPA.

Additionally, the goal is to add some seating areas that will encourage communal gatherings of friends and neighbors, a social place for interactions. We will implement changes to see what works, and what doesn’t. It will be an evolving space that will fit the communities needs and wants. Currently, there is an existing stage that will be enlarged Seating_FirePitin order to have small performances. With this project, movie posts will be installed in order to accommodate our outdoor movie nights.

On Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 am -3 pm, Home Depot will be assisting with the first part of the installation of the framework for the space, such as adding some of the benches and laying the foundation for other amenities in the space. Would you like to help? We need volunteers. Would you like to be on our activities/event team? Let us know!

We will soon announce a walk-through/tour of the space to get additional feedback, but in the meantime, visit the space anytime at 1500 N. Bethel Street, and drop us a line! We will be posting the progress!

Tell us what you would like to see at the Playscape!

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Poetry in the Garden

The summer of 2017, marked the year that the Dawson Family Memorial Garden had its very first social affair in the garden, since its inception in circa 2005. Although small in stature, it holds a nice sized crowd!

That summer, the Oliver Beautification Alliance held monthly open-mic and poetry events in the garden from July through September, 2017. There was poetry, music, singing, and lecture. Each event held, had its own unique flair. The final event, held in September, beautifully collided with the Peace Walk where we collaborated to have the two separate events come together as one, since they were happening simultaneously.

Stay tuned for what’s in store this year at the Dawson Family Memorial Garden.

Oliver Light, Oliver Bright!

Ever noticed how dark and stark Oliver is at night? Yes, street lights play a role in how dark and stark, or light and bright a community looks and feel, but porch lights play an enormous role as well.  As residents, we can play a crucial role in how bright our community is, just by the flip of a switch.

When residents choose to keep their porch lights on at night, you would be surprised what a huge impact this can have on the community as a whole. With the availability of CFL bulbs, it is extremely affordable to keep your lights on at night, every night!  Additionally, “Dusk to Dawn” lights come on automatically when it gets dark, and goes off at dawn, when it gets light outside, so you never have to remember to turn the lights on or off!  Just flip the switch (on), and forget it!

That’s why we have created the Oliver Light, Oliver Bright campaign. This campaign is asking Oliver residents to participate, and to help Brighten and Lighten up Oliver! If you have a porch light fixture, we are asking that you:

  1. “screw in” a Dusk to Dawn light,
  2. turn your switch on
  3. leave it in the on position, and forget it!

You can also take the pledge to help keep Oliver Light and Bright, by promising to keep your porch lights on, from dusk ’til dawn. Fill out the form below if you’d like for someone to contact you regarding a “free” bulb.

We have a few bulbs that we will be giving away, only in some selected and targeted blocks, courtesy of the Oliver Community Association (OCA). For these bulbs, you are required to take the pledge and must pledge to keep your light on for at least (1) one year. If you don’t need a “free” bulb but would like to take the pledge anyway. Click here: Online Pledge to take the online pledge! Be entered to win in our recurrent contests, for taking the pledge!

**You can find these LED or CFL bulbs on-line at Home Depot, Walmart, or on Amazon.com. Be sure to search for “Dusk ’til Dawn” lights. Also, we will have some on hand for purchase, if you are interested.

If you have other suggestions of how Oliver can “get lit”, and be light and bright, let us know! Leave your question or comment in the form below.

Let’s get lit, Oliver!