City Council Unanimously Supports State-City Partnership for Gwynns Falls Leakin Park!
FOGFLP wishes to express our deep appreciation to the Baltimore City Council, which voted unanimously on Monday, January 22 in favor of a resolution supporting our proposal to establish a state-city partnership park at GFLP. We are especially grateful to Councilman Kristerfer Burnett, who introduced the resolution, and Councilman James Torrence, who co-sponsored it. This is an important step on our road toward creating the partnership, and it indicates the broad base of support that exists for this plan.
FoGFLP and a small team of local forest conservationists have collaborated on a video that highlights what is so special about the park, and why it needs to be protected.
The video is dedicated to the memories of Antonio Carpenter and Heide Grundmann, whose advocacy and love for Gwynns Falls Leakin Park will always inspire us.
Join us the second Sunday of each month, April through November, for family fun!
Grab your picnic basket and come to 1920 Eagle Drive, 21207 for train rides (see below), games, nature exhibits, historic mansion tours, and more!
FOGFLP would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Baltimore City Police Department for their excellent work in apprehending the individual responsible for the November 7th assault in the Park. You can read about how they did it here. We would also like to thank Kris Burnett for rapidly getting the word out to area residents regarding the assault. If you are not on the district 8 email list yet, send his office an email.
A prominent part of our Second Sundays is the opportunity to ride on a miniature steam train as it winds its way on tracks near Crimea Mansion. Located at 1950 Eagle Drive, 21207 these amazing machines are maintained by the dedicated group at Chesapeake and Allegheny Steamers. See their Facebook page or better yet, come on out and take a ride!
Nature Art In the Park
Gwynns Falls Leakin Park becomes an art gallery! Every year, sculptures made entirely from natural objects-- many of which were found in the park-- are installed on the trails between the Crimea estate and the Carrie Murray Nature Center. A great place to start is just South of the Carrie Murray Nature Center. Watch their Facebook page for opening and closing events, as well as occasional guided tours.
Situated in the eastern division of the Piedmont, the Park has steep gradients with rapids, falls, and abrupt valley walls rising from the Gwynns Falls and Dead Run stream valleys. With a 300-foot difference in elevation from the stream valleys to the ridge tops, the Park's highest elevation is 403 feet above sea level.
This ecology has meant lush forests, rushing streams, abundant wildlife for Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. Find out more about, and contribute to our understanding of the ecology of the Park... READ MORE
Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park-one contiguous parkland with two names--comprises one of the largest woodland parks in an eastern United States city. Consisting of over 1000 acres, this is by far Baltimore's most extensive park, stretching from the western city line along the valley of the Gwynns Falls and its tributaries all the way to Wilkens Avenue.
There's no shortage of things to do in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park! For starters there are bike trails, hiking trails, playing fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and even miniature train rides. Not to mention a world class outdoor classroom and adventure center as well as the area's premier avian rescue facility and nature center.
See the full list of what you can do in the park...