Starting next spring residents and visitors will hopefully be able to play a round of mini-golf around Station North.
Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc., in partnership with Maryland Institute College of Art, has been awarded a $35,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that will cover about a third of the cost to develop and build a portable mini-golf course in Baltimore.
“There’s no mini-golf in Baltimore City, so… it’s not around here, a lot of people haven’t been exposed to it,” said Amelia Rambissoon, Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc.’s office and development manager.
The course will consist of eight holes over four sites starting at Penn Station; the second stop will be at the lot across from the Charles Theatre; then to the Ynot lot at West North Avenue and North Charles Street; then to the St. Paul Street Park at St. Paul and Lafayette streets; and finally looping back around to Penn Station.
The plan is to hire someone to run a kiosk at Penn Station where players pick up their putter and ball. Baltimore City public school students will be able to play the course for free while others will have to pay, possibly $5, but that’s not been decided.
Each hole will be portable so that they can be housed and kept safe at night, and the course will be available to play two to three days a week during warm weather. The plan is to then keep the course protected in the winter and then bring it out again each spring while the installations are in good shape.
“Hopefully it’s something that we can store when it starts getting cold, then we can bring out in 2018, 2019, as long as everything is in pretty decent shape we’ll keep using it. We’ll have to see what we can do with the amount of money that we have,” Rambissoon said.
Station North Arts & Entertainment District Inc. hopes to have the course open by next April and May before doing a big reveal at ArtScape 2017.
The idea for creating the mini-golf course came as a result of a survey of communities surrounding Station North. While the area is flourishing with activities for adults, neighborhoods bemoaned the lack of entertainment for children.
The organization will be working with artists, youth mentorship organization FutureMakers and surrounding communities to collaborate to design the course.