Special Project: The History of Edgewood: Flying Point Park, the Showboat

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.

Showboat

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 stuempfle@aol.com or call Art at 410-676-3622.  Updates on progress will be presented at the Edgewood Community Council Meetings.

5 comments on “Special Project: The History of Edgewood: Flying Point Park, the Showboat
  1. Charles Bona says:

    I remember going to “Flying Point Beach” in the 1950’s. Every Saturday we’d hop in the car and drive from east Baltimore to enjoy the water. Any where from 4 to 20 family members would be there. Good memories. Ball games, music, and plenty of swimming.

  2. Patricia Brammer says:

    what happened to the train ride at Flying Point Park in Edgewood,MD?

  3. Ed. says:

    Does anyone have information about the train tracks in Flying Point Park

  4. tina says:

    I Remember a little train that we could ride around the park, anyone remember this?

  5. Rick Kummer says:

    I first went there in late 50’s or early 60’s. Loved the train, a real miniature steam engine. You can still see the raised mounded rail bed in some places & even the rails. I guess they stopped because of expense or safety, don’t know. Had a good snack bar with ice cream. Used to swim there before the rock jettieswere put in. Just in recent years took my dog there as he loved swimming. The showboat was a neat barge where plays were put on in the 60’s. Some vandals burned it. I was in the FD. & remember I helped fight the fire, 1970, I think. It was a total loss. It’s different now but still nice for families. Lots of memories. Had our Senior class picknic & some reunion gatherings there!

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