The Stony Run stream valley corridor is a significant asset in north Baltimore City, Maryland. The Stony Run watershed offers an unusual urban amenity — a natural woodland experience in the midst of a developed urban area. The stream valley serves as a local green space, a school connector, a community connector, an off-road transportation alternative, and an opportunity for environmental study. The Stony Run Trail lies within the watershed and serves as a “green zipper,” connecting universities, schools, parkland, shops, trails, and neighborhoods in Greater Roland Park and beyond.
In 2014, the Roland Park Community Foundation sought out to develop a strategic plan for the northern portion of the Stony Run — extending from Overhill Road northward to Gilman School. Although spearheaded by the Greater Roland Park Master Plan Steering Committee, the development of this plan must engage the diverse stakeholders along the stream in order to be successful. This includes adjoining neighbors, institutions, community associations, environmental organizations, Friends of the Stony Run and City agencies that all feel a stake in the future of the Stony Run.
Mahan Rykiel Associates of Baltimore was selected for facilitate the strategic planning process, which began in earnest in May 2015. In addition, the project team is guided by a steering committee functioning under the auspices of the Roland Park Community Foundation.
The project is funded by the Roland Park Community Foundation, and is supported by Friends of Stony Run.