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Druid Hill Park

2600 Madison Ave., (410) 396-6106

Posted 9/22/2004

We hate to scold, but tut-tut. Druid Hill Park should be the kind of urban front lawn that Central Park, the National Mall, and Golden Gate Park are, where the city shows its best face, where citizens of all stripes gather to play, where you hang out on a Sunday afternoon because you spent all your money on drinks the night before and just about everything else is closed, anyway. But both the city and its residents seem neglectful of this treasure. While some of the park enjoys lively activity—the basketball and tennis courts, the zoo, the roads filled with motorcyclists on weekends—much of Druid Hill is empty of people and overgrown with weeds and tall grass. The urban-decay appreciator in us loves that stuff, but the city booster gets mad. Druid Hill’s undulating hills, old carriage paths, historic structures, picnic groves, sparkling lake, and expansive lawns deserve better. Use it or lose it, we say.

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Other Awards for Best Park:

Patterson Park, 9/16/2009

Clifton Park, 9/17/2008

Patterson Park, 9/19/2007

Druid Hill Park, 9/20/2006

Druid Hill Park, 9/21/2005

Leakin Park, 9/17/2004

Fort Smallwood, 9/17/2003

Patapsco Valley State Park, 9/19/2001

Leakin Park, 9/15/1999

All Awards for Druid Hill Park:

Best Place to Work-out, 9/16/2009

Best Place to Play Tennis, 9/19/2007

Best Park, 9/20/2006

Best Place to Play Tennis, 9/20/2006

Best Park, 9/21/2005

Best Place to Play Tennis, 9/21/2005

Best Place to Swim, 9/22/2004

Best Public Swimming Pool, 9/19/2001

Best Park, City, 9/13/2000

Best Place for a Gay Pride Festival, 9/17/1997

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