Letter from the President: Heather Goddard

East Frederick Rising

Dear Frederick Community,

Greetings and Happy 2024!

It’s an exciting new year for us, as our organization works to shape the future of East Frederick and continue to build a community where all who live, work, and play here may thrive.

Our priorities for this year include:

  • Promote the East Frederick Vision Plan and complete the adoption of the city’s Form-Based Code that will serve as a guiding light for future development.

  • Engage with Frederick City staff to push  the progress of the Rails with Trails project alongside N. East Street.

  • Contribute to the design of the Rt. 26 Pedestrian Bridge to reflect the rich railroad heritage of East Frederick and our current thriving industries.

  • Seek resident and business ideas and input on the creation of a N. East Street linear park that provides a place for all to gather, socialize, and play. East Frederick Rising intends to collaborate with the City and the Frederick Arts Council in the commissioning of a public art project that embraces the heritage of the area while looking forward to the future.

  • Review developments of significance and evaluate the ways in which they support the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan and East Frederick Small Area Plan.

  • Engage with City staff, elected officials, and Commissions to convey feedback we collect from East Frederick Stakeholders.

  • Prioritize issues of local importance, from brownfield cleanup to school site acquisition, from the East Street Corridor redesign, to filling in connections to existing bike and walking paths.

Does it sound like a lot? It is!

We have many opportunities for you to get involved in shaping the future of East Frederick this year. Please consider adding your talents and time to our efforts. Make your voice heard by completing our surveys and contacting us with your views and priorities for East Frederick. Volunteer on a committee, or join our mailing list.

We look forward to making 2024 a year of progress, a year of building community and engaging the various stakeholders of East Frederick to meet the opportunities and challenges in store for us.

Let’s rise!


Heather Goddard

President, Board of Directors

East Frederick Rising

President, Heather Goddard. Resident of east Frederick and owner of Cafe Bueno.

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