FREDERICK, Md. -- Frederick is known for clustered spires of centuries-old churches, and a historic district that boasts numerous 18th- and 19th-century buildings.Bill Green, The Associated Press
The $10.2 million Carroll Creek Linear Park in downtown Frederick. The park has ornate brick paths, fountains and an amphitheater that seats between 350 and 400 people.
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But now the city has a 21st-century attraction to help visitors enjoy the historic streetscapes nearby: Carroll Creek Park, a three-quarter-mile stretch of walkway.
The park, conceived 28 years ago, opened in late June. It features a brick-lined promenade, newly planted trees, a 400-seat amphitheater and a pergola for parties and picnics. Restaurants, shops, offices and homes are starting to open along both banks on land once occupied by dank factories. A well-known local Mexican eatery, La Paz, has moved from a hidden corner of downtown to a prominent place near the park's center.
A kayak livery is scheduled to open, and paddlers can pass beneath three new pedestrian bridges -- including an unusual single-column suspension bridge -- and several traffic bridges. The older spans include the meticulously hand-painted Community Bridge, a renowned piece of public art that has been Carroll Creek's main attraction since muralist William Cochran finished it in 1998.
The park was made possible by a $60 million flood-control project that tamed the Carroll Creek in 1993, putting the creek safely underground, according to The Frederick News-Post. Today visitors see a waist-deep waterway in a 1.3-mile manmade channel with concrete banks 40 feet wide.