Patterson Park is a historic Baltimore neighborhood (as of 2002) nestled between Canton, Butchers Hill, Highlandtown, and Fell’s Point (Upper Fells Point to be exact). Patterson Park and its surrounding neighborhoods have been the hub of southeast Baltimore since the mid-nineteenth century. Boasting attractive, solid housing stock and a lush 155-acre city park, the area was for decades home to a mix of working class families, many of Eastern European descent. Many of those families were drawn to the neighborhood due to its proximity to the Baltimore waterfront, with its thousands of well paying blue-collar jobs. Today Patterson Park is neighborhood itself is an eclectic mix of people of all ages and backgrounds The Patterson Park neighborhood gets its name from the park which is at the centerpiece of the neighborhood.
Known as “Baltimore’s Biggest Back Yard”, Patterson Park was established from a donation from William Patterson, a Baltimore merchant, who initially donated 5 acres to the city for a public walk in 1827. Now at 155 acres, the park boasts green space with tennis courts, softball and football fields, walking paths, garden clubs, an ice rink and swimming pool. Bikers, joggers, dog walkers, and all pedestrians can take advantage of the park’s pathways. The star attractions are the boat lake (in which people are allowed to fish (with a license), the marble fountain, the General Casimir Pulaski Monument, and the Pagoda, also known as the Patterson Park observatory, which has a great view of the city and is considered to be a very nice building esthetically. The sports fields are open for use to anyone who wants to play a game, and there are public tennis courts as well. Two playgrounds are also in the park, and there is a swimming pool open during the summer, and a skating rink during winter. During the summer and early autumn, several festivals are hosted at the park.
Patterson Park Neighborhood Association, with more than 300 active members, does a great job of representing the community and working to not only maintain but improve the quality of life for Patterson Park Residents.
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