A City-state Partnership Seeks to Rescue Baltimore’s Beautiful But Beleaguered Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park

Leakin Park is a green oasis in the urban landscape of western Baltimore. Established more than 100 years ago to protect Gwynns Falls, a Patapsco River tributary, the park has managed to survive largely intact as the city grew around it.

Park advocates defeated a plan hatched in the 1960s to build a freeway through it, and citizens fought more recently, with less success, to limit the loss of forest from a BGE gas pipeline and stream restoration projects.

Despite the recent setbacks, Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park is still a vibrant wilderness where visitors are likely to see a fox crossing the road and birders may spot dozens of species on a spring morning.