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GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL COUNCIL MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council is to publicize, raise funds for, generate volunteer involvement in, assist the City's management and maintenance of, and in other ways support and improve the Gwynns Falls Trail. Our goal is to help this facility to be the best urban trail in America.

GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL COUNCIL

The Gwynns Falls Trail Council is supported by a membership-based public/private partnership formed in 1998 by Parks & People Foundation in cooperation with the City agencies. The partnership consists of community residents, government agencies and non-profit organizations. The mission of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council is to promote the enjoyment and continuous improvement of the Trail by publicizing, providing funds and recruiting volunteers in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks. The Council is governed by a Board composed of community members and ex-officio representatives of public agencies and non-profit organizations who are our partners in the development, management, and promotion of the Trail. The Council advocated and works to facilitate capital construction, maintenance and safety on the trail, and to ensure its continuous improvement. The Council also, with the support of other organizations, works to improve adjoining parks and links between neighborhoods and the Trail.

WHO CAN JOIN THE COUNCIL?

Any person, business or organization can become a member of the Council making a small annual donation. We strive for a Council made up of a diverse group of individuals - Trail users, teachers, business owners, government officials, neighborhood leaders, non-profit workers, seniors and youth - everyone is welcome to join the Council! We need ideas from a variety of people to continue the success of the Trail, so please consider becoming a part of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council today!

BOARD MEMBERS OF THE GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL

Officers

  • Guy Hager, Acting Chair

Community Members

  • Betty Bland-Thomas
    Sharpe Leadenhall and Solo Gibbs Park
  • Heide Grundmann
    Trail/Park/Stream Friend
  • Greg Hinchliffe
    Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Alvin Lee
    Cherry Hill
  • Thomas Merkle
    Hunting Ridge
  • John McDonald
    Trail Advocate/User
  • Penny Troutner
    Light Street Cycles
  • Joy Goodie
    Youth Leader
  • Edward Orser
    Historian/Trail Advocate

Organizational Members

  • Guy Hager
    Parks & People Foundation, Inc.
  • Thomas Jeannetta
    Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Fran Spero
    Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Catilin Doolin
    Baltimore City Department of Transportation
  • Kyle Leggs
    Baltimore City Department of Planning
  • Jo Orser
    Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park
  • Vacant
    Baltimore City Police Department
  • Vacant
    Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Fred Banks
    Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • Judd Anderson
    Baltimore Rowing Club
  • Chris Merriam
    BikeMore

GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL NEIGHBORHOODS

The Trail runs alongside and through 30 unique and historically important neighborhoods in Baltimore City. Here are the neighborhoods which border the Trail:

  • Allendale
  • Boyd-Booth
  • Carrollton
  • Caton
  • Cherry Hill
  • Dickeyville
  • Edgewood
  • Edmondson Village
  • Fairmount
  • Federal Hill
  • Franklintown Road
  • Gwynns Falls
  • Hillsdale
  • Hunting Ridge
  • Lower Edmondson
  • Mill Hill
  • Morrell Park
  • Mount Holly
  • Mount Olivet
  • Mount Winans
  • Otterbein
  • Pigtown
  • Ridgely's Delight
  • Rognel Heights
  • Rosemont
  • Sharp-Leadenhall
  • Shipley Hill
  • Saint Joseph
  • Walbrook
  • Washington Village
  • Westport
  • Windsor Hills

GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL PARKS

The Trail runs through 10 unique and historically important parks in Baltimore City. Here are the parks the Trail provides access to:

  • Gwynns Falls Park
  • Leakin Park
  • Carroll Park
  • Solo Gibbs Park
  • Federal Hill Park
  • West Park
  • Leon Day Park
  • Ridgely's Cove Park
  • Middle Branch Park
  • Cherry Hill Park

GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL LINKAGES

The Gwynns Falls Trail has many other linkages as well including:

  • Baltimore City is the Gateway to the Chesapeake Bay, and as such is part of the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Gateway Network.
  • It links together several National Historic Trails including the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, the Star Spangle Banner War of 1812 Trail, and the Captain John Smith Water Trail, thus we work closely with the National Park Service.
  • The Trail is a large part of the National Baltimore Heritage Area and is linked to the several Downtown historic walking tours.
  • The southern end of the Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a national network of trails.
  • The trail links together 10 City parks with over 2000 acres of parkland and 30 west and south Baltimore neighborhoods.
  • The primary trail links to over 20 miles of natural trails.
  • It is a destination for youth to explore the cultural, recreational and environmental resources of this historic stream valley.

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