Built in 2006, and also known as Thanksgiving Place Labyrinth, the Bell Tower at Stadium Place was a joint project between the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation and the TKF Foundation, “a private grant-making foundation” involved in a civic development project called “Open Spaces, Sacred Places,” integrating meditative green spaces in the midst of bustling urban locations.
The Bell Tower stands slightly west of the former entrance gates of two razed Baltimore sports stadiums. In 1922, Municipal Stadium (or Baltimore Stadium) was completed, hosting college and professional football, as well as baseball. The first of its kind in Charm City, Old Municipal helped attract solid professional sporting events to the area. By 1950, Old Municipal made way for Memorial Stadium, a larger and more modern facility. The monumental structure helped attract the American League’s Orioles in 1954. Memorial Stadium is the former location of another significant Baltimore monument, the Memorial Urn. The urn, which contains soil from military cemeteries around the world, was moved to Camden Yards.
The Bell Tower park at Stadium Place also features a stone labyrinth on the ground, surrounded on one side by a white wooden structure, trees, flowering gardens and benches. Nearby is the state’s largest YMCA and the retirement community called Stadium Place. There is also an all volunteer-built playground behind the YMCA on 33rd and Ellerslie. When a fire burned most of the playground, volunteers assembled once again to rebuild it, a testament to the civic spirit of area residents.