FMOPL Bike Tour: Wyman Park to Herring Run and Neighborhoods
Please enjoy a self guided tour created by The Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes. The Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes Bike Tour: Wyman Park to Herring Run and Neighborhood traces several of the parks, park connections, and neighborhoods that were planned and designed by the Olmsted Brothers. In addition to highlighting the Olmsted legacy, the tour also visits other historical, cultural and scenic points of interest that make this area unique- from municipal water systems to public gardens to former sport fields.
For more information about the bike tour and stops, please click on the following link: FMOPL Bike Tour FINAL
On this popular seasonal adventure, you will 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.
NOTE: Meet at Roland Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 5108 Roland Avenue.
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, 1967, 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.
The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage will be hosting an Olmsted-Inspired Baltimore City Tour which focuses on the 33rd Street Corridor connecting Charles Village on the west to Mayfield on the east. Inspired by the Olmsted Brothers 1904 Report Upon the Development of Public Grounds for Greater Baltimore, this section of Baltimore City encompasses the 1918 expansion of Baltimore City above North Avenue. The Charles Village neighborhood represents the first of North Baltimore’s Garden Suburbs with its original 1890s Peabody Heights Company development set-backs, offering front yard gardens and the site of Enoch Pratt’s Library Branch No. 6, now The Village Learning Place (Special Project below). This tour highlights the legacy of Johns Hopkins, Founder, from the University’s Homewood campus on Charles Street to his Clifton Mansion off St. Lo Drive in the City’s Clifton Park. Both Homewood House and Clifton Mansion now shine as the best of the best national landmark restorations. Follow 33rd Street and the Alameda , the Olmsted-designed transverse parkway, to tour a representative Oakenshawe and Mayfield house. In Mayfield, an Olmsted-designed residential parkway, Norman Avenue, stretches from Clifton Park to Chesterfield Avenue bordering Herring Run Park. Tour the Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts facing Norman Avenue and enjoy the historic bells rung on the hour for 5 minutes. In tribute to all mothers on Mother’s Day weekend, the City tour features Mothers’ Garden in Clifton Park for a delightful respite along the way.
The tour cost $35.00 ($37.22 w/service fee).
For descriptions and specific locations for the tour, please visit: http://mhgp.org/Baltimore-City-2019