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Carroll Creek Park
From Flood Control to World-Class Urban Park
10373613_10203272158178768_1659968322367489418_n.jpgCarroll Creek Park began as a flood control project in late 1970s - an effort to remove downtown Frederick from the 100-year floodplain and restore economic vitality to the historic commercial district. Today, more than $150 million in private investing is underway or planned in new construction, infill development or historic renovation along the Park.

The first phase of the park improvements, totaling nearly $11M in construction, run from Court Street to just past Carroll Street. New elements to the park includes brick pedestrian paths, water features, planters with shade trees and plantings, pedestrian bridges, and a 350 seat amphitheater for outdoor performances. Design plans are in the works for the next phase of construction which will continue the park improvements through to East Patrick Street.

Carroll Creek Park Phase II

Fountain running resized website.jpgChecking off the Bucket List - Galleria Fountain Opens July 16, 2015
  • The fountain has 70 nozzles that spray recycled water
  • It shoots 1,400 gallons of water into the air every minute
  • That's a total of 84,000 gallons per hour and over 2 million gallons per day!


Carroll Creek East Side from sidewalk june 30.jpgThe next phase of improvements, totaling $15.7M in construction, include from the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center on Carroll Street to East Patrick Street. A Ground Breaking ceremony was held on December 4th and construction began in Summer of 2014. For updates to the project, check out the Economic Development blog.

While providing an obvious recreational and cultural resource, Carroll Creek Park also serves as an economic development catalyst. Private investment along Carroll Creek Park is a key component to the park’s success. More than 400,000 square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of commercial / retail space, nearly 300 residential units, and more than 2,000 parking spaces are planned or under construction.

Public Art

Public art is incorporated into the fabric of the park itself, including the Community Bridge; artwork on the Iron Bridge at the Delaplaine comprised of iron trees, scrolling plants, flowers, and the occasional water creature; a bronze-cast drinking fountain under the suspension bridge at the C. Burr Artz Library; 24 water mosaics along the path between Market and Court Streets, and sculptures to be installed in the near future.

Carroll Creek Park Documents & News