Mayor, business leaders, singing fudgemakers celebrate Harborplace’s 30th

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and business and civic leaders launched Harborplace’s 30th anniversary weekend with ceremonies July 2 that included confetti, speeches, street performers, singing fudgemakers and a spraying fireboat.

Harborplace opened on July 2, 1980 as the centerpiece of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, one of the signature projects that the Greater Baltimore Committee played a leading role in developing.

Harborplace developer Jim Rouse was among the founders of the GBC.

“We are fortunate to have such a vibrant city center for residents as well as visitors to enjoy,” Rawlings-Blake told a ceremony crowd of approximate 150 that gathered at the Harborplace Amphitheater.

The mayor remembered being at Harborplace’s grand opening when she was 10 years old. “Now, 30 years later, Harborplace proves that Baltimore is a healthy and vibrant city capable of reinventing itself once again,” she said.

Harborplace’s opening “signaled the start of Baltimore’s renaissance by bringing major private investment to the center of Baltimore City,” she said, noting that since then, major investment has spread along both north and south sides of the Inner Harbor, luring new residents to Baltimore in the process.

Christopher Schardt, senior general manager of Harborplace, honored six businesses that have been with Harborplace from its beginning: Fire and Ice, Hats in the Belfry, Phillips Seafood, Subway, M&T Bank, and Oasis.

The ceremony was punctuated by singers from the Fudgery who sang “Celebrate, it’s your birthday,” while a city fireboat gushed in the harbor and confetti was shot from a cannon on dancers strutting in the amphitheater.

A history of the GBC’s involvement in Harborplace

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