A day after hundreds of Baltimore residents voiced strong opposition to a preliminary plan to add more parking spaces and an access road to
"Today, I've ordered the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Health Department to work with Councilman [
The plan that sparked the backlash is based in part on the city health department's desire to transfer activities at the John Booth Senior Center in
The mayor's letter comes after a contentious Monday night meeting held at the park's Virginia S. Baker Recreation Center — one of four such events planned by
Ryan O'Doherty, a Rawlings-Blake spokesman, said many had also called the mayor's office directly.
"The mayor has been paying very close attention to the community, and has been concerned about the way this process has been unfolding," O'Doherty said. "What she wants to do is really look at this in a constructive way, and she's tasked her agencies to get with the community and really drill down and look at the individual issues and come up with common-sense solutions."
Rawlings-Blake has previously said Kraft "poisoned the well for discussion" about the plans for the park by suggesting they were finalized when they are not, a charge he denies.
Kraft did not return a request for comment on the working group.
Three more meetings are scheduled: Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Hampstead Hill Academy, 500 S. Linwood Avenue; Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church, 2028 E. Lombard Street; and Oct. 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Breath of God Lutheran Church, 141 S. Clinton Street.