The Mount Washington Elementary School, on Sulgrave Avenue, is close to the village and is zoned for students living in the zip code 21209 and part of 21215. Also nearby are Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (“Poly”) and Western High School, two additional city high schools. The schools have active parents' organizations and welcome input and support from the community. Roland Park Middle School, just south of the neighborhood, offers an advanced academic and Ingenuity program for students who are able to test into these challenging programs. Roland Park Middle is now the zoned school for Mt. Washington Elementary School students.
Related Link: Baltimore Public School System
Parks and Playing Fields
To the west, bordered by Glen Avenue (near the Glen Avenue Fire House, home of an elaborate, always creative, electric train display every December) and Rockwood Avenue is Luckman Park. The park has two playgrounds, tennis courts, chess/checker boards, a pavillion, and walking paths. It also has a recreation building. Though it is located in Mount Washington, Luckman Park also serves the surrounding neighborhoods of Cheswolde, Cross Country, Falstaff, and Glen. The Friends of Luckman Park activities include regular clean-ups (first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.) and monthly meetings to plan activities and acquire funding. There are plans to make the park even more inviting by improving safety and lighting, and adding more landscaping. Plans are also underway for outdoor concerts and movies, family events, and a community yard sale. If you would like to learn more about Friends of Luckman Park, please contact Barbara Halden or Maggie Kunz.
Along the Southern borders of Mount Washington, just off Rogers Avenue, is Northwest Park. Depending upon the time of year you may find softball, soccer or lacrosse games being played on these fields. There is also a driving range that is available for use by members of the community. In July, the Mount Washington Improvement Association annual picnic is held here, usually with musical entertainment provided by one of the city’s many musical groups or bands. It is a place to go to play ball, fly kites or just take a walk.
At the Mount Washington Elementary School on Sulgrave Avenue, you'll find a playground (the Improvement Association helped the school PTO in their diligent and hard work to provide the school with this beautiful playground). In the evenings and on weekends, you are likely to find neighborhood children and their parents gathering here.
Just across Kelly Avenue is the Mount Washington Community Garden and Arboretum. The Arboretum, planted in 1999 by the Mount Washington Preservation Trust, is a work in progress. Hurricane Agnes devastated the housing formerly sited on this flood plain. Its reforestation and beautification is a community treasure. (Note: there is no parking permitted, so be sure to check out this lovely spot while you are out on a stroll of the neighborhood.)
Just south of Mount Washington is the beautiful Cylburn Arboretum. The entrance to this park is on Greenspring Avenue, just south of Cylburn Avenue. The Cylburn Mansion offers nature displays and workshops (also a favorite place for children's birthday parties). The arboretum, which features several well-marked nature trails, is a beautiful place to walk and birdwatch year round.
Robert E. Lee Park is another area for hiking, picnicking, and even fishing. Go north on Falls Road just past Lake Avenue. Just before the bridge, you'll see the entrance to the park on the right. The park has several trails that border Lake Roland; a reservoir, formed by a dam, is at the entrance to the park. Birding is good here, too. A yellow crowned night heron has been known to make its spring home in the stream leading from the lake. A covered shelter, which can house a substantial group for picnics, can be reserved through the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Mt. Washington Swimming Club, Inc.
The Mount Washington Swimming Club, established in 1970, is a member-owned private pool. Memberships are open to Mount Washington residents and a limited number of non-residents. The Club is for the use of members and their guests only; day passes are not available. Located at 2300 Enslow Road, just off Greenspring Avenue, the Club is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year.
The pool is open free of charge for Community Swim for all Mount Washington residents on Tuesday evenings from July 5 through August 9, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Proof of address is required.
More information is available at the Club's website, http://mtwashswimclub.com.
The tennis courts at Luckman Park (see above) are maintained by the City of Baltimore and the Friends of Luckman Park. Access to the courts is open to all.
The combination to the main courts is: 4-10-4.
Note: Please keep the courts clean and free of litter. If you are so inclined, sweeping the courts after you are finished will help those who follow you.
The Luckman Park Summer Tennis Program for 2010 runs from June 28 to August 5.
Monday – Thursday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Luckman Park Tennis Courts – corner of Key and Glen Avenues
Ages 6 (or completed 1st grade) – 16 years
Cost: $100.00 per child
This is a parent co-operative program. In order for this program to be offered at this low rate, a parent or designated adult must give at least four hours or more to the program. This involves remaining outside the tennis courts during at least two of the sessions. In order to register, you must sign up to attend and supervise at least two days during the five-week session. To download an application form, please click here. Mail completed forms to Tennis at 5803 Merville Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21215.
Space is limited.