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At the first tee, early 20th century (www.tillinghast.net).


BCC course as originally planned (BCC course proposal, 1897).





The course today, 2012 (Anne Stuzin).

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Open Space Campaign: What and Why?

The Open Space Campaign for Greater Roland Park is a special project of the Roland Park Community Foundation to raise money for open-space projects. It is detailed in the fall 2012 issue of the Community Foundation's Roland Park News.

Ask people why they live in Roland Park and one of the top reasons almost always relates to the neighborhood’s natural beauty — the trees, the footpaths, Stony Run, community green spaces. All of these qualities exist due to the vision of Edward H. Bouton, general manager of the Roland Park Company, and the landscape architects he hired, including Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.
The Greater Roland Park Master Plan of 2010 had the bold goal of establishing a vision for the future of our community in terms of transportation, housing, commercial areas, infrastructure, livability, streetscapes, open space and recreation.

The master plan encompassed great scope and great detail — down to the streetlights and sewers. No other city neighborhood has ever tackled this type of planning effort with an all-volunteer army. The result has been a list of hundreds of would-be neighborhood improvements, most of which can be covered by federal, state and city funds.

The open-space projects, however, are unlikely to be completely paid for with government funds. These projects are farsighted, beautiful and will constitute a permanent legacy to generations of Roland Parkers to come.

The top three priorities identified by the master plan are:

Three other projects that are less time-sensitive will be addressed in the second phase of the campaign, these being:

  • Improvements to Centennial Park (the median between the east- and westbound carriageways of University Boulevard),
  • Replanting the neighborhood's tree canopy, and
  • Improvements to the Roland Park footpath system

In 2012, the foundation kicked off the Stony Run component of the Open Space campaign by contributing $10,000 to a project to return to nature 17 asphalted parking spaces in the Bolton Street Synagogue overflow parking lot, which abuts Stony Run at Cold Spring Lane.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Page Michel or Ellen Webb at (410) 464-2533

or at CommunityFoundation@rolandpark.org.

All pledges may be made over a five-year period. If there is a particular project you would like to contribute to, please note this on the pledge form. Many donors have made a pledge contingent on the acceptance by BCC of a contract of sale to Roland Park. (That is to say, if we cannot not reach a deal with the BCC, the pledge is null and any funds already paid will be returned at the donor's request.) Donors may choose a combination of any of the following methods to fulfill commitments to the Open Space Campaign.

Please consider a gift or donation to the Open Space Campaign or by pledging using the pledge form linked to immediately below.


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Pledge           Pledge


Ways to Give

The six Open Space projects listed on the left will permanently beautify Roland Park, will improve the environment, and will raise property values. We all win.

All pledges may be made over a five-year period. Donors may choose a combination of any of the following methods to fulfill commitments to the Open Space Campaign.


Checks should be made payable to “Roland Park Community Foundation.” Please add to the memo line “Open Space Campaign” and send to:

Roland Park Community Foundation
P.O. Box 16214
Baltimore, MD 21210

Credit Cards

On the Roland Park community web site (www.rolandpark.org), choose the tab Community Foundation, and then click on the yellow bubble marked DONATE. Your credit card transaction is safe and secure.


To make a gift of securities to the Open Space Campaign for Greater Roland Park:

Step 1: Contact your broker and let him/her know that you want to contribute to the Roland Park Community Foundation’s Open Space Campaign. Your broker will need the following information to complete the transfer:

DTC Eligible Securities

DTC#: 0141

First Clearing LLC

Beneficiary: Roland Park Community Foundation A/C#8505-9510

Step 2: Please let us know so that we can recognize your gift:

Roland Park Community Foundation
P.O. Box 16214
Baltimore, MD 21210

Or via e-mail: CommunityFoundation@rolandpark.org or call the office at (410) 464-2533.

The Roland Park Community Foundation will acknowledge all gifts in writing. The fair market value of your gift of securities is determined by the average of the high and low stock price on the date the gift is made, multiplied by the number of shares transferred.

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match philanthropic gifts given by employees. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. If you make a gift to the open Space Campaign, please ask your employer if it has a matching program.

Planned Giving
Over the years, many residents have contributed to special campaigns and annual fundraising efforts — both with hard work and financial support. We hope you will consider continuing the legacy of support by designating a gift to the foundation in your estate. Gifts through your estate, which are tax deductible, may be made in any amount and revised over time. The easiest ways to make a gift of this kind are either (a) to create a bequest through your will or (b) to name the foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan. Once you have spoken to your lawyer about the bequest, let us know so we may both thank you and include your name in our materials.


Text: Mary Page Michel, Oct. 30, 2012

Last Revised: D.P. Munro, Nov. 25, 2012