Visitors and Residents Encouraged to “Find Your Park” this Summer in Baltimore

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 2:00pm

Baltimore, MD – Celebrate the U.S. National Park Service’s 100th anniversary this summer at Baltimore’s historic sites, trails and parks. Baltimore City Recreation and Parks, the Baltimore National Heritage Area, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Parks & People Foundation and Visit Baltimore have teamed up to organize and promote a summer of fun events to encourage locals and visitors alike to get outside and “Find Your Park” in Baltimore.

Throughout the summer, city residents and visitors are invited to take part in a calendar full of exciting events taking place at more than 200 parks, trails and scenic byways in Baltimore, from Fort McHenry and Patterson Park, to Druid Hill Park and the Gwynns Falls Trail. These outdoor events include food and wine festivals, historic commemorations, and free movies, concerts and sporting activities.

“We are thrilled to bring the ’Find Your Park’ campaign home to Baltimore, a city that has a wealth of outdoor parks and trails to explore, nearly 70 neighborhoods that are designated as historic districts, and more than 56,000 buildings listed in 52 National Register historic districts, a number only surpassed by New York City," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "We encourage all of our residents and visitors to spend the summer exploring these outdoor designations that include a national monument, national historic site, national historic trails, national heritage area, and more."

Visit Baltimore has launched a webpage specifically dedicated to the local ‘Find Your Park’ promotion at baltimore.org/campaign/find-your-park. This webpage includes a full calendar of “Find Your Park” events and visitor information for many of Baltimore’s outdoor recreational facilities, including the historic trails and byways that pass through the city, as well as Baltimore's extensive network of parks.

“We are promoting the ‘Find Your Park’ campaign both locally and nationally throughout the summer and are looking forward to showcasing Baltimore’s vast array of parks and outdoor venues with our visitors,” said Ron Melton, interim President and CEO of Visit Baltimore.

“We are excited to offer visitors various different ways to experience and learn about Fort McHenry,” said Tina Cappetta, Superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. “We will offer our signature summer Fort! Flag! Fire! interactive living history programs and performances, celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday on August 25, and all 4th grade students are invited to visit the park free of charge this year.”

“Baltimore, designated a National Heritage Area by President Obama, is one of the National Park Service’s most prized urban heritage areas because of the sheer number of parks and trails that have historical significance,” said Jeff Buchheit, Executive Director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “Residents and visitors can ‘Find Their Park’ right in the city by celebrating National Trails Day, exploring one of our historical Heritage Area walking tours, or participate in our Kids in Kayaks program.”

“Baltimore has something for all outdoor enthusiasts, whether you like to bike, hike, canoe, kayak, or simply enjoy an outdoor movie or concert,” said Bill Vondrasek, Acting Director of Recreation and Parks. “We are especially excited this summer for Rhythms and Reels, our new partnership with community groups that brings a series of free concerts and movies to parks across the city."

“Parks and recreation services play a vital role in creating active and healthy communities,” said Lisa M. Schroeder, President & CEO of Parks & People. “Studies have shown that green spaces can have a transformative impact on the underserved, chronically stressed neighborhoods, and improve resident’s health, deter crime, and foster a sense of community. We hope to see residents and visitors come together this summer and experience Baltimore’s wealth of outdoor venues.”

For more information and a list of Find Your Park activities throughout the summer, visit www.baltimore.org.

Visit Baltimore – the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, visit www.baltimore.org.

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