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Title: No Parasol Required?

Robert E. LeeEllen Kobler
Deputy Director, Baltimore County Office of Communications 

To me, the newly renovated Robert E. Lee Park feels like Baltimore County’s little slice of Central Park. It’s got a certain air of sophistication and gentility about it. Walking along Lake Roland on the paved walking paths you get such a sense of park’s history. You can almost imagine the Baltimore ladies from the 1940s in their Sunday finery pushing their baby carriages, the men trailing behind in their in their tweed three-piece suits smoking their cigars and glancing at their pocket watches.

The County recently acquired this signature park from Baltimore City and has made $6 million in significant repairs and improvements including two pedestrian bridges, a beautiful boardwalk that connects to the Falls Road Light Rail Station, upgrades to the dog park (Paw Point), significant shoreline stabilization and some general sprucing up all around the park. The makeover has done wonders for this grand urban oasis.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to immerse myself in the park’s more natural areas, hiking through the 415 acres of woodlands, exploring the serpentine barrens and rock plateaus, walking the boardwalk and, of course, launching my kayak. But there is something that feels so very civilized and relaxing about taking a quiet stroll alongside the historic dam and stone waterworks building. Maybe next time I’ll have to bring along a parasol.


Revised April 6, 2016