In response to devastating floods due to Hurricane Agnes in 1972, this flood protection measure, nearly 30 years in the making, has made Frederick one of America's comeback towns. The result: a gorgeous 1.3 mile mixed-use urban park replete with a waterway, brick and stone sidewalks, planting areas, indie shops and boutiques, restaurants, public art, ornamental street lights, pedestrian bridges (stone arch, cable-stay suspension, and iron), and an 350-400 person amphitheater. Numerous shows and festivals occur here especially throughout the summer drawing folks from Baltimore and DC.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
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