Member Post – Why I Support Friends of The Jones Falls

With social distancing a priority, is there a better urban resource during a pandemic than our shared outdoor spaces such as parks and local trails?

In these unprecedented times, the Jones Falls Trail is a particularly strong (and free) community asset for exercise and mental health rejuvenation. The Trail features segments that are drenched in nature and enable users to forget they are still in the City. Even for the most experienced hikers and bikers, the newly completed portion of the Jones Falls Trail east down Rogers Avenue from Northwest Park is unique and consists of an elevated, winding boardwalk through the hillside woods. Other notable landmarks of the Trail include the Cylburn Arboretum, the Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Park, and the Inner Harbor all connected by just enough urbanization to give the day-tripper a taste of Baltimore’s gritty, industrial past while providing context of its modern progress.

For a biker, the switchbacks and gradual, fast downhill curves going south from the Arboretum to Druid Hill Park inspire child-like joy that is sure to make the rider feel ten years younger. For a real biking treat, take advantage of the natural elevation gradient and public transportation by following the Trail and water south to the Harbor from the public parking lot off Kelly Avenue, then return from the Convention Center on the light rail (bikes allowed, masks required) and disembark at the Mount Washington Station where local restaurants offer copious post-ride, outdoor sustenance and libation.

I’ve recently come upon a non-profit advocacy group, Friends of The Jones Falls, whose volunteers remediate litter and invasive species, plant trees along the Jones Falls, and sponsor important green infrastructure projects such as the one at Union Collective in the Medfield neighborhood. Will you join me in supporting the Friends of The Jones Falls various worthy efforts by making a membership contribution?

-MTO
Eager Park Neighborhood

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