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200 Years of Outdoor Recreation: Baltimore Parks Bus Tour

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free – $20 | Register

In 1827, William Patterson donated land in East Baltimore for what would become our city’s first public park: Patterson Park. Seventy-five years later, the City commissioned the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm to create a plan for a municipal park system, which eventually led to the creation of a first-class network of parks that covers thousands of acres. Family estates that at one time ringed Baltimore City, including homes of the Carrolls, Rogers, Winans and other families, were converted into promenades, nature walks, ballfields, and swimming pools. On our tour, we’ll meet at the renovated Druid Hill Park Superintendent’s House and travel between some other well known parks in the western part of our city including Leakin Park and Carroll Park, stopping by some gems that are less appreciated like Lafayette Square and Leon Day Park. Join us as we learn how our city’s parks were designed and used, and how they have shaped the city we know today.


Students are free


This tour will be two-hours long with one stop where we disembark the bus and walk around Lafayette Square, a small park. At this stop, there will also be a chance to use the restroom. There will be an option to stay on the bus and receive the same information as the walking portion of this tour. If you are a wheelchair user, please contact Molly Ricks ( to make a reservation.

This project has been financed in part with funds from the Charles A. and Lois H. Miller Foundation and State funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.


May 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free – $20
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Druid Hill Park Superintendent’s House (Parks & People)
2100 Liberty Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
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