Middle Branch Park

Where the Gwynns Falls flows into the Patapsco's Middle Branch, countless Baltimoreans have come to work and to play over the years. Since the early 1700s this area his been home to mining operations, brickyards, glass factories, and other industries. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, residents came by streetcar to enjoy amusement parks and dance pavilions, picnic grounds and fish houses, swimming beaches and rowing clubs. Crowds watched the Baltimore Black Sox and Elite Giants of the Negro Leagues play at Westport Park and Maryland Park along South Russell Street.

In 1977, the city created the Middle Branch Park by consolidating existing shoreside parks and began restoring environmentally degraded sites. Ten years later, the Baltimore Rowing and Water Resources Center opened, reviving a tradition of rowing competitions on the Middle Branch.


Dock, Middle Branch Park

Dock, Middle Branch Park

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Kayaking lessons, Middle Branch Park

Kayaking lessons, Middle Branch Park

Molly Gallant, the Baltimore City Parks Department outdoor recreation programmer, gives a kayaking lesson before taking a group of eighth graders from Collington Square Elementary School in Baltimore on a paddle on the Patapsco River at Middle Branch Park. | Source: Chesapeake Bay Program | Creator: Will Parson View File Details Page

Street Address:

301 E. Randall Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 [map]

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Gwynns Falls Trail Council, “Middle Branch Park,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed June 23, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/277.
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