Message about the Organic Debris Removal Service

In this letter Civic League President Bob Connors outlines changes to the Organic Debris Program for 2020:

Civic League President’s Opening Remarks from February 5th Meeting


For those residents that were unable to attend the monthly Roland Park Civic League Board Meeting Wednesday evening (February 5, 2020), we are posting the opening remarks of the Civic League President,  which include our initial response to the racial incident last month in collaboration with our community partners.

Opening Remarks for February 5

Message about February 7th Community Event

The greater Roland Park community is invited to join a rally this Friday, February

7th organized by Roland Park Elementary/Middle School families to show support

for all children in our neighborhood. Everyone is welcome to participate, and wear

shirts or bring signs of inclusion if you would like to. The rally will begin at 7:30a.m.

People will gather in front of the library and on the block between Eddie’s and


Wed. January 8th Board Mtg. Agenda

For Roland Park Residents, please join us for this important meeting-see attached agenda with special announcement on Cross Keys. Link to Agenda_Jan_8_2020  (revised version).

Roland Park, Hampden & Medfield Toy Drive – Thank you!

Thank you Roland Park Residents for your generous contributions to the Roland Park, Hampden & Medfield Toy Drive.

Toy donation bins were placed at the Roland Park, Upland Road Fire Station, as well as Schneider’s Hardware. Both bins were filled, emptied and filled again. The last of the donations were dropped off Saturday December 21.

During the month of December, the Fire Fighters visited sick children at local hospitals, sharing gifts along the way. They also distributed gifts to local families that needed extra help to have a happy and cheerful holiday season. Thank You for your generosity.

[Photo: Firemen from the Roland Ave Station- with basket of donated toys]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Roland Park Civic League

RPCL Update on Land Development Issues

Dear Neighbors- as 2019 draws to a close and the new year approaches, the Roland Park Civic League (RPCL) wishes to update our members and residents on several important local land use issues. 

1. On Friday, December 20, 2019 a ruling by the Baltimore City Circuit Court vacated Baltimore City Ordinance 2017-037, a planned urban development (PUD) for the Overlook at Roland Park. This decision remands the matter to Baltimore’s Mayor and City Council for further consideration. While some media headlines imply this means the project will not be built, that still remains to be decided.  Linked here are the related legal documents: a brief Order and lengthy Memorandum Opinion.

2. A local developer is currently in negotiations to acquire the commercial portion of the Village at Cross Keys and seeking our community’s support for their plans there.

3. This fall, Baltimore Country Club (BCC) members were invited by management to participate in focus groups revisiting future options for their Roland Park Campus. Results have not yet been shared publicly, but are anticipated in 2020. The RPCL collaborates on this matter with the Roland Park Community Foundation, who serve as the lead advocate for preserving this prominent open space, including the possibility of acquiring the land for public use. 

More details on each of the above will be shared at our next regular monthly Board Meeting scheduled Wednesday evening 7-9pm, January 8, 2020 in the basement community room of Roland Park Presbyterian, 4801 Roland Avenue at Upland Rd. In order for us to honor the confidentiality agreement between the potential Cross Keys developer and the current owners, our January meeting will be restricted to Roland Park residents and closed to the press. 

Please watch for ongoing communications concerning these matters and more on the RPCL website, social media , by subscribing to our e-letter and by contacting your plat representatives and officers who are committed to representing you. 

Bob Connors, President
Roland Park Civic League

Roland Park Autumn Tree Planting Update

The Autumn 2019 tree planting in Roland Park has been completed. During the spring planting period, more than sixty (60 shade and flowering ornamental trees were planted throughout Roland Park. Another thirteen (13) shade trees were planted on Monday November 18th by the Landscape Committee and K&C Groundworks. This group of thirteen included Red Maples, Princeton Elms, Black Gum and Hackberry.

The City was also busy planting trees in Roland Park during this season. Twelve (12) new Black Gum trees were planted on the grassy median of Cold Spring Lane between Roland Avenue and Falls Road. Seven (7) Yellowwood trees were planted on Hillside, as you approachthe intersection with Falls Road.

To give you a more in depth view of progress made by the Landscape Committee over the past few years, not only have we been busy planting trees one at a time along the verge, to fill in spots were trees were missing but long lengths of open zones along our side streets were planted in tandem to increase the tree canopy and improve visuals as you drive through Roland Park.

A few examples:

More than six (6) new trees, maples and oaks, have been planted along Oakdale Road, as you head towards Stony Run Park. Another three (3) Red Maples were planted today at the intersection of Oakdale and Hawthorne. Next fall, as these oaks and maples experience their leaf color change, look for glorious sweeps of color as you drive or walk towards Stony Run Park.

Do you frequently drive along Club Road towards Roland? In the spring, look for the pink blooming Redbud and Cherry trees that were planted this year along the Club Road edge of the Roland Park Condominiums. Three (3) new trees were planted for our friends at the Roland Park Mennonite Church earlier this year.

Twelve (12) new Black Gum trees along the Cold Spring Lane median will blaze with the brightest fall foliage in the area next fall. The seven (7) new Yellowwood trees, planted along the north side verge on Hillside will bloom this spring with a cascade of pure white flowers before attractive bright green leaves emerge. Come fall the leaves turn a bright yellow before falling. They will complement the Black Gum, Red Maple and American Hornbeam planted earlier on the west side verge.

It is not too late to place a special request for a tree planting this spring. The order is being prepared, additional oaks, maples, elms and several varieties of flowering ornamentals will be available for planting in May. I’m taking specials requests through the first week of December, or you can wait to peruse the selection when they arrive in late April.

Contact Kate Culotta for details on upcoming tree orders and plantings.

410 804-4750 [email protected]

[photos: K&C crews plant red maples at Hawthorne & Oakdale; new Black Gum trees on Cold Spring Lane; new Yellowwood trees on Hillside}