FMOPL has some fun tours and events for Spring 2017. Come explore Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods with us!

Spring Happy Hour: What Would Olmsted Drink?
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-8 pm
Cash bar

Surely Olmsted enjoyed a pint of Irish draught!

Even busy Olmsted needed to take a break from the drawing board and have good cheer with friends. Come drink libations and chat with board members and friends of FMOPL at this casual get-together. We’ll be meeting at the Windup Space (12 W. North Ave.).





Tour: Walking the Paths of Roland Park
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2-4 pm

A sign for Litchfield Path, one of the many walking paths in Roland Park.

On this popular seasonal adventure, discover and explore the unique footpaths of the Roland Park community while learning about the history and architecture of the neighborhood. In developing this community in the late 1800s, the Roland Park Company incorporated into its plan a series of footpaths, 18 in all, designed to expedite foot traffic between various sections of the neighborhood, especially in those where the terrain made it difficult to build roads. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., in collaboration with Edward H. Bouton, general manager of the Roland Park Company, the paths were part of a hierarchical system of roads in front of houses, service lanes in the rear, and footpaths that provided convenient ways to cross through the neighborhood in a natural setting. Each path is named with a distinctly country ring: Squirrel, Hilltop, Laurel, Tulip; others are decidedly British: Audley End, Tintern, St. Margaret’s, Litchfield. Come learn about the Olmsted/Bouton legacy while exploring some of these paths.

NOTE: Meet at Roland Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 5108 Roland Avenue. Walking on rough terrains and hill is involved. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

Tour Guides: Judy Dobbs has lived in Roland Park since 1981. As a member of the board of the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes, she is committed to promoting the rich heritage of Roland Park and other Olmsted-designed communities in Maryland. For most of her life Kathy Hudson has lived on a Roland Park footpath. She has written about the community, its residents and architecture for more than 25 years in The Baltimore Messenger, The Sun and Baltimore Style magazine. Her recently-released book is On Walnut Hill: The Evolution of a Garden.

Learn more and register here.

Tour: Riverside and Latrobe Parks: Baltimore’s Urban Peninsula Parks
Sunday, April 30, 2017 2-4 pm

The pagoda at Riverside Park in the early 20th century.

Join us on a walking tour of two Olmsted-designed parks in South Baltimore. Riverside Park evolved from land critical to the defense of Baltimore during the War of 1812 to a public park and gathering space for the surrounding community with the later addition of a pool, playgrounds, sports fields and its trademark gazebo.

The original playground at Latrobe Park.

Designed in 1904, Latrobe Park on Fort Avenue is one of the most fully-realized Baltimore parks planned and developed by the Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects in response to the Recreation and Playground movements in the early 20th century. Significant improvements at both parks demonstrate recent strong community partnerships. The tour will consider the long histories of both parks and their current roles in Baltimore’s urban peninsula.

NOTE: Meet at the Gazebo in Riverside Park starting at 1:45 pm. There is free parking on the streets adjacent to the park. (E. Randall St., Johnson St., and Covington St.) This park is also near bus routes and bike routes. After the tour of Riverside Park, carpool to Latrobe Park. At the end of the tour, we will return to Riverside Park.

Tour leaders: Ed Orser and Lauren Schiszik, FMOPL. Tour presenters: Kate Brower and Adam Boarman, City Department of Recreation and Parks; Jackson Fisher, Friends of Riverside Park, Scott Huot, Riverside Park Community, Jillian Storm, author of “Latrobe Park”, The Olmstedian.

Register here.

Bike Tour: Olmsted (Beta Test) Bike Tour: Wyman Park to Herring Run and Neighborhoods
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1-4 pm
FREE; Registration required

Baltimore Bicycle Club ca. 1898 (Courtesy Maryland Historical Society.)

Join our cheery crowd of nerds as we beta-test our new Olmsted bicycle tour through Northeast Baltimore. This biking tour highlights some of the city’s most unique relics, from secret gardens to monumental water systems, adding layers of historic and modern context to sites we pass everyday. Bring plenty of water for this 12 mile ride through Baltimore and Olmsted history.

Note: The tour is FREE, but you must register. Meet on the front steps of the Baltimore Museum of Art

Register here.

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