The community has the character of a village with residential sections surrounding the community-scaled commercial hub at the intersection of York Road and E. Belvedere Avenue. Chinquapin Run burbles through the park that bounds the neighborhood on the east, from which it derives its name. Lined by tall trees and rolling lawns, the well-kept park is at once a never-tiring romping ground for children, a place for neighborhood picnics and other functions, and a peaceful scenic stroll. The park includes a traditional playground, with awnings, seesaws, slide and basketball and areas. In addition, sandwiched between the new Northern Parkway and Lake Avenue, is an innovative and imaginative city playground.
The area is anchored by three landmarks. The Govans Presbyterian Church is a beautiful old stone church sitting on 8 acres of land, up a small knell on the west side of York Road. The church has been a leader in the community, providing an excellent pre-school used by many local families, and featuring a Senior Center with extensive offerings. The tolling of its bells can be heard throughout the community.
The Senator Theatre, one of the finest Art Deco buildings in Baltimore, is probably the best-known landmark. The Senator features quality movies and special events and hosts premieres of films shot in Baltimore.
The Belvedere Shopping Center, now called Belvedere Square, was opened in 1948. It, along with the rest of the commercial district, provides shopping, dining and services to area residents.
The Belvedere Improvement Association is a very active community organization with meetings, special events, and a newsletter, the Belvedere Beacon. It also represents the community to the City government and its agencies and other civic organizations on matters of local importance. Each street has one or more "Block Representatives" who provide direct outreach. BIA GeneraI Meetings are held at locations within the community approximately Jive limes a year. The BIA believes that four major attributes-sociability, activity, comfort, and access-help define livable communities. It also believes that healthy and vibrant communities serve all age groups and value all populations. The BIA is committed to making and keeping these precepts a reality in our community.