West Covington Park Is for People and Wildlife.
In 2007, the National Aquarium (Baltimore Aquarium) began reclaiming this site for the people and wildlife. Today, what used to be a wasteland has been transformed into a public park. A welcoming plaque/sign encourages people to “Please enjoy and respect the plantings, wildlife, trails, pier and overlooks on the Patapsco River.”
Attractive signage describes and informs the reader about the park and its various features.
“RESTORING SPACE FOR PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE
All of the trees, shrubs and flowers around you were planted for a reason – to reestablish a place for wildlife to flourish. Wildlife and people need the same things: water, food and shelter. Birds in particular are in need of proper habitat.”
This view of the south shoreline of West Covington Park was from the vantage point of an overlook on the Patapsco River.
This view of the historic and architecturally significan, but crumbling, Hanover Street Bridge/Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge is marred only by one of three police EMERGENCY call box towers in the park. Are these really needed?
Westport development Info and editorial coming soon.
Update 2015. Certainly not much happening in Westport. We suppose people don’t want to live under the effluence of the Trash Incinerator just northwest of the area. Evidently Port Covington will be developed, and beautifully developed at that, long before Westport development kicks into gear.
There is recent talk about WestPort, some of which may be seen in the occasional article – if you sign up for the The Port Covington Digest. However, this writer, would never want to live there – so close to that nasty ol’ smokestack. No matter how well “scrubbed” the smoke is – coming from one of the largest incinerators in Maryland – you just “know” there is a certain amount of “nasty stuff” that will sneak out and end up in the HVAC systems of new homes – and eventually into the lungs or every man, woman and child who lives there. Remember, this is editorializing and is only the opinion of the writer – and he is not a scientist. (However, in a former life he was a science teacher.)
In mid-2002, the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart (www.WalMart.com), opened its first Baltimore City store at Port Covington on the South Baltimore peninsula, just south of Locust Point. Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club were the first retailers to locate in the new (in ’02) Port Covington Shopping Center, a 60-acre waterfront site on East Cromwell Street. Several hundred City jobs were created when the 142,000 square foot Wal-Mart and the 130,000 square foot Sam’s Club opened their doors. This strategically-located retail development at the site of a former City rail yard had come a long way – has stumbled along the way, and has a long way yet to go. The Sam’s Club closed and has been vacant for several years, which is definitely not a good sign. Or it may be a sign of things to come…
Now there are plans underway to bring about a grand renaissance to this section of the South Baltimore Peninsula, Port Covington. People are actively working to implement those “plans” and are moving forward to Port Covington a productive part of the Baltimore economy for the Twenty-First Century. The Port Covington Maritime Center at Winan’s Cove, already a reality, contains the popular boat and yacht repair service, Tidewater Yacht Service Center. The Sam’s club is being rebuilt as offices for the world-renowned Under Armour and ground has recently bee broken for the Sagmore Distillery.
In addition to commercial development we will soon (two years or so?) see much activity in residential real estate development. Beautiful new townhome, apartments and/or condominiums will be built, expanding the availability of first-class waterfront and water-view homes on Baltimore’s Southside.
NOTE: Walmart recently (January, 2016) closed the Port Covington Walmart and announced the closing of many other stores!
Website updates will be coming even sooner.