The Baltimore Peninsula has announced the development of a new public park in honor of the late Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Cummings served in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District from 1996 until his death in 2019. He was known for his civil rights work and advocacy for Baltimore youths.

Designed by architecture firms Hoerr Schaudt and Baltimore-based PI.KL Studio, “Elijah’s Park” will be nestled between Rye Street Market and the 250 Mission Apartments.

The park, which will span 28,000 square feet, is symbolic of Cummings’ advocacy for Baltimore youths, according to the Baltimore Peninsula development team.

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It will include a playground and a Black Lives Matter mosaic designed by high school participants of the Choice Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

“My dad would often say of his work, ‘This is bigger than me,’ and this park is exactly that, a large public green space for the community to make productive use of and enjoy,” Cummings’ daughter Jennifer said.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the firms that designed the new Elijah’s Park.

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