2019 was a banner year in many respects. The Maryland Park Service was recognized by the National Recreation and Parks Association as a finalist for the 2019 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The value and importance of State Parks was reflected yet again in our park attendance number, which grew to 14.9 million, a 1.5 million increase over the prior year.
State Parks also made great strides in preserving our state’s natural resources. The Bloede Dam at Patapsco Valley State Park was successfully removed, effectively restoring and opening 60 miles of river habitat, including the mainstem and many tributaries, to anadromous and resident fish. Our dedicated Maryland Conservation Corps crews worked across the state to mitigate the impact of invasive plants, reforest over 300 acres, and establish 300 acres of pollinator habitat.
Visitors enjoyed enhanced amenities at several popular State Parks in 2019. Wolf Den Run State Park celebrated its grand opening, major upgrades were made to the Fair Hill NRMA equestrian facilities, a comprehensive sand dune/campground realignment project was completed at Assateague State Park, and stunning new trails opened at Deep Creek Lake and Palmer State Parks. Seeing our visitors enjoy these wonderful resources has been quite fulfilling!
The mission of the Maryland Park Service is to manage the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources to provide for wise stewardship and enjoyment by people.
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