Walk, run, roll in the grass or toss a Frisbee.
The open parks of Columbia invite relaxation and
the splendor of the nature to refresh the spirit.
Plaza: Lakefront Plaza features
the People Tree, a sculpture by Pierre du
Fayet that has come to symbolize Columbia.
The brick pavers along the plaza bear the names
of Columbia residents and lead the way to
the plaza's fountain, inspired by the kind of
participatory fountain found in the Tivoli Gardens
in Rome. In 1977, in honor of Columbia's 10th
birthday, The Rouse Company gifted the plaza
with the installation of 12 bells in the wharf
tower, which stands across from the fountain.
Two more bells were added in 1979. The bells
peal Westminster Chimes and can be played using
a keyboard. Following the Lakefront Plaza's
path south to the far side of the lake reveals
Kennedy Gardens. The pathway surrounding the
lake is approximately 1 mile. The site of many
outdoor gatherings, the Lakefront Plaza features
benches for quiet contemplation with a lake
view, grassy areas for family picnics and workday
lunches, an assortment of public art to awaken
your senses and an outdoor amphitheater for
Symphony Woods: In
downtown Columbia, this 40-acre park — the
site of Merriweather Post Pavilion — features
picnic tables for a sunny afternoon lunch,
Elkhorn Pavilion and Park: Surrounding
Lake Elkhorn is a beautiful 23-acre park
with a pavilion and gazebo available for
rental (Note: due to repair work the pavilion is not available for rental summer 2013). The park includes a 2-mile walking
path around the lake and a tot lot by the
Cradlerock Way entrance. A convenient boat
dock allows for quiet relaxation on the
lake that is stocked with trout each spring.
The pavilion and gazebo are located near the
Broken Land Parkway entrance. The pavilion
is 2,500 square feet and includes picnic tables
and benches for 150 people, electricity, lights,
ceiling fans, bathroom facilities and an
attendant on the premises. Grills are not
provided, but guests may bring their own for
use outside the pavilion with prior written approval. The gazebo is 150
square feet, accommodates 25-30 people and
is equipped with electrical outlets. Park
staff monitors the pavilion and gazebo. For
information on pavilion rentals, call 410-715-3161.
Park: The 16-acre park around Wilde
Lake includes paths, a tot lot, picnic tables,
a Boat House and Wilde Lake Barn. Parking can
be accessed off Hyla Road in The Birches.
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