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Transcription of Interview - People and Parks


My name is Jean DuBose and I am the assistant director for program development here at the Parks and People Foundation.

We are an organization that support recreational activities in Baltimore City, educational activities in the City, and also promotes a healthy environment for the citizens of Baltimore and the surrounding areas.

We have a lot of different kinds of projects that we do. We run a lot of programs for kids; sports programs; summer camp program called SuperKids Camp, which is a literacy program. We have an after school environmental educational program called Kids Grow, and we also have a community forestry program in the city. We plant trees, we help neighborhoods create community gardens, we help basically green the city. We want Baltimore to have more trees, to have more native plants, and the more trees the city has the healthier the air will be, the healthier our environment and the more beautiful the city will be.

We also work on kind of the scientific front, measuring the health of the city’s population in relation to environmental factors. The pollution levels, the quality of the water, the streams, the storm water… that kind of thing, which all ties into the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore is largest city, one of the largest cities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, contributes a tremendous amount of pollution into the bay. And the cleaner the city gets, the less pollution will run from the city into the Chesapeake Bay.

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