The trails along the Stony Run have long been valued as important assets to the community – a quick escape to nature, a route to school for students at Gilman and Friends, a cross country running course for JHU athletes and a wonderful walk for dogs from Roland Park to Remington. Back in 2009, community leaders from up and down the stream began work on a plan to connect the existing paths and develop one continuous three mile route that will meet the Jones Falls trailhead near Stieff Silver.
The Stony Run Walking Path Committee planned where the path would go along the stream— the alignment—from Cold Spring Lane to where the stream enters the Jones Falls, working with the landscape architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht (HCM).
In 2010, the Committee contacted leaders of the communities along the stream: Keswick, Guilford, Roland Park, Tuscany-Canterbury, Wyman Park, Wyman Park South, Hampden, Remington, and Stone Hill, as well as Johns Hopkins University and all agreed to support the development of a walking/running path that would have minimal environmental impact.
Baltimore City officials from the Departments of Planning, Public Works and Recreation and Parks provided professional advice for the walking path. The Committee began to focus on options for the alignment from Overhill Road to the West University Parkway Bridge and also the safest option for emerging from Wyman Park where the stream goes underground and the path must come up to Wyman Park Drive and follow the side by the playing fields and across in front of the Boy Scouts. The Committee began to look for government and private sources for the work to be done.
In December of 2012, $600,000 in Maryland Program Open Space funds was allocated to begin implementation of the walking path plans. The Committee and Friends of Stony Run will continue to work with City and State officials to develop and implement plans for the complete, continuous walking path. Construction of the two new pedestrian bridges began in October 2015 and should be completed within one year.
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Read the January 2013 Baltimore Sun article >