June 07, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN CELEBRATES 'NATIONAL TRAILS DAY' BY DEDICATING GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL BIKE RACKS & UNVEILING NEW TRAIL AUDIO TOUR

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) today joined the Gwynns Falls Trail Council and representatives from Baltimore City Parks & Recreation to dedicate two bike racks and unveil a new Trail Audio Tour.
 
 In 2003, a picnic pavilion in Leakin Park was dedicated to Senator Cardin in honor of his 60 th birthday and his work to create "greenways" for hiking and biking. The donations by family and friends were used to purchase the bike racks, which will be located at the Baltimore City Visitors Center, where the Gwynns Falls Trail, the Jones Falls Trail and the Harbor Promenade meet.
 
"Expanding and developing greenways has been one of my most satisfying achievements as a member of Congress," said Senator Cardin, who has fought for funding for greenways across Maryland. "These trails run from urban to suburban areas, connecting neighborhoods and allowing Marylanders to experience the joy of the outdoors."
 
"The Gwynns Falls Trail is a jewel in Baltimore, connecting more than 30 neighborhoods and many acres of park land for recreation and bicycle commuting," said Bill Eberhart, chair of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council.  "It will soon link with the Jones Falls Trail and provide trail access to neighborhoods in approximately one-third of the City.  The trails are definitely assets that make Baltimore more attractive to visitors.  We are grateful to Senator Cardin for his support of our urban trail system."
 
The Gwynns Falls Trail begins at the I-70 Park & Ride trailhead and generally follows the Gwynns Falls watershed to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor of the Patapsco River. The trail includes 30 miles of unique urban hiking/biking greenways linking neighborhoods and providing access to a scenic and historic greenway stream valley in Baltimore City.