Research efforts to obtain information about the history of our community are continuing. Last month we provided a brief review of Edgewood Station which we hope you found to be interesting. Were you aware that Flying Point Park was Harford County’s first public beach? Prior to becoming a public park, the area existed as a private fishing and observation pier built in the 1950s. When the Park opened in 1967, it featured a boat launching ramp, picnic tables and a pavilion. According to an old Aegis newspaper article the park was named for the wedge shaped formations of the thousands of waterfowl that visited this area each year. However, a Harford County Park and Recreation official advised us that the park derives its name from the point of land jutting out from its surroundings. Can any one confirm which naming basis is most correct?
In the early 2000s, federal, state, and local governments financed major improvements at Flying Point Park. This included new piers, new boat launch ramps and bulkheads, renovated bathhouses, improved pavilions, and new playground equipment. The 16.7-acre waterfront park now has pavilions, picnic areas, a fishing pier, horseshoe pits, tennis court, and a large hard surface parking area. No swimming is allowed at Flying Point Park as the water quality varies and there are no lifeguards. In 2003, the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company adopted Flying Point Park and in the following years have had company volunteers come to the park on Earth Day or Arbor Day to plant trees and clean up the park. BG&E volunteers have planted and maintained over 100 trees and scrubs at the park. In November 2005, Rebecca Postowski, then a fifth-grader at Deerfield Elementary, also formally adopted Flying Point Park under the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Adopt –a Park Program. She planted flowers, mulched the park entrance and picked up trash at the park. The park is closed from November through March, closed on weekends in April until Memorial Day and Closed on weekends in October.
FLYING POINT PARK—2800 square feet of floating theater, heated and seating 160 people donated by the Susquehanna Players. Live dramatic entertainment will make it the “place to go” this summer. (The Aegis, Thursday, April 11, 1968)
If you have information on the Showboat or other stories, pictures, and documentation that may help us prepare the Edgewood ‘history’, we would appreciate your contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Art at 410-676-3622. Updates on progress will be presented at the Edgewood Community Council Meetings.