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Free event promotes fitness, offers guided nature tours

The Baltimore County Health Coalition, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Baltimore County Fitness Council are sponsoring an annual Walk in the Park event September 17, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

tree-lined park path

Enjoy a guided tour from a Naturalist/Park Ranger at the following six locations:

Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum and Park
300 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

Cromwell Valley Park
2002 Cromwell Bridge Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

Fort Howard Park
9500 North Point Road
Fort Howard, Maryland 21052

Lake Roland
1000 Lakeside Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Marshy Point Nature Center
7130 Marshy Point Road
Middle River, Maryland 21220

Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park
13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

The Walk in the Park event will be held rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water. To find more information about walking trails in Baltimore County parks, visit

A Tour Made for Fun

More than 6,700 acres of parks in Baltimore County offer lots of room to play. Next Up Baltimore County joins Parks and Recreation Director Barry Williams at Rocky Point beach for a tour made for fun.

Since 2011, Baltimore County has invested over $51 million towards parks, bikeways, walking trails and community centers, including 18 turf fields all across the county. There are thousands of recreational programs, including individual and team sports, performing and visual arts, social clubs and activities for both kids and adults.  

With 160 parks to choose from, get out and play!  

Find your park:

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Next Up Baltimore County explores what makes Baltimore County a great place to live and work. The show features interviews with local business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators and is produced by the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development. In addition to online access, Next Up runs on Baltimore County cable channel 25 at the following times:

Monday, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. 

Tuesday 1:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. 

Wednesday 9:00 p.m. 

Thursday 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. 

Friday 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.  

Saturday 9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.  

Sunday 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.  

Will Anderson
Director, Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Michael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks

The spirit of America’s independence can be heard, and seen, across our beautiful County throughout the long Fourth of July weekend – close to home and without the long lines at the toll booths! Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Councils, staff and communities are working hard to make this weekend memorable and fun way to celebrate with family and friends all that is great about America.


Over on the County’s east side, The Heritage Foundation is celebrating with its annual Fair at Dundalk Heritage Park (July 1 through July 3).  On the Fourth of July, the fun and community traditions continue with a 6K race (starting at CCBC Dundalk), a parade starting at Logan Village Shopping Center, and the popular fireworks at North Point Government Center. Details of these events can be found on the Dundalk Heritage Fair website.

Up in Carroll Manor, it is the Annual Community Fireworks at Sweet Air Park and Jacksonville Elementary.  Join upwards of a thousand of your friends and neighbors for entertainment and fireworks on Saturday, July 2. For details, check out this flier: Community Fireworks with the Jacksonville Optimists.

On the west side of Baltimore County, the 34th Annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K is taking place on the Fourth of July starting at 8 a.m. at Arbutus Middle School. Then at 3 p.m., the Arbutus annual Fourth of July Parade lines up on Montrose Avenue and enters in the 1600 block of Frederick Road.  Here’s some FAQ’s about the rest of that exciting day (including fireworks) in the Arbutus community parade and fireworks.

There’s also the 53rd Annual Fullerton Fireworks Foundation’s Fourth of July Celebration at Fullerton Park, where the fun (music, food and fireworks) starts at 5 p.m. There’s lots to do, and you can read about it here at the Fullerton Fireworks Foundation website.

Now, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July in Baltimore County without the thunderous roar of fireworks and the magnificent sounds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 3 and 4 at Oregon Ridge with the annual BSO Star Spangled Spectacular. The friendly crowds, delicious foods, sights and sounds make this the ultimate community Independence Day celebration. Gates open at 5 p.m.  Visit the Star-Spangled-Spectacular website for more details.  

And just in case this isn’t enough to choose from, here are lists of fireworks displays and holiday parades across the County.

So, you can see, by the dawn’s early light and the dusk’s lit sky, there’s much to do this holiday weekend with Baltimore County Recreation and Parks – Happy Birthday, USA!


Revised September 26, 2016