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Parks & People Foundation Celebrates Grand Opening of its New Headquarters

September 18, 2015 – The Parks and People Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters in Baltimore with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

Project supports, public officials, Parks & People staff and press gathered Friday, September 18th to unveil the completed Sally & Butch Michel Center for Parks & People.

Designed by Ziger/Snead Architects and constructed by Lewis Contractors, the creation of the new campus involved the rehabilitation of the historic Superintendent’s House and carriage house and the construction of a new, “green” building, named for Parks & People founder, Sally Michel, which will serve as the center for all of Parks & People’s greening, recreational and educational programs. Work at the abandoned nine-acre site began in fall of 2013.

Built in 1872, the Superintendent’s house retains its historic stone exterior while providing a repurposed, flexible interior space that will be used for educational programming, professional and community events and exhibit space. The new 10,000-square-foot headquarters building provides ecological learning labs, reading rooms and community event space.

As a foundation dedicated to supporting a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities while promoting a healthy natural environment for Baltimore, both phases of the Parks & People Foundation project utilized a variety of sustainable design practices and will be seeking a LEED Platinum Certification.

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