Historic Mount Royal Terrace Association (HMRTA) is an active, 501(c)(3), community organization based in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore City. Our purpose is to organize neighbors to address community concerns that affect their quality of life. Of late, our focus has been greening of the neighborhood parks, beatification, and crime awareness. HMRTA evolved in the mid-1980s from a previous group who built the Mt Royal Terrace Park [The Southeast Reservoir Hill Community Association].
In the 1970s, the founding members of HMRTA received two HCD Community Block Grants to install a sound screening berm and landscaping (designed by the neighborhood design center). These grants also allowed for the installation of the ‘Lady Baltimore’ statue, urns and the stone plaza of which materials were provided by the city, but all of the labor was provided by neighbors. The park was dedicated by Mayor William Donald Schaefer in 1980 and thus celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2010.
Over the past two decades, neighbors have often worked either in groups or as individuals to undertake plantings, pruning, and trash pick-up. Two park benches have been purchased installed through neighbor donations. In recent years, HMRTA have been the beneficiaries of both Parks & People funding as well as Partnership for Parks funding to enhance and maintain the beauty of our 120 year old community.