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Chesapeake Bay

Downs Park

Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, Downs Park offers a variety of natural and recreational activities throughout its 236 acres. Downs Park offers more than five miles of paved and natural trails.

 
 

In the Spotlight

About The Park

Downs Park offers a fishing pier, children’s playground, two basketball courts and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. Reserve one of the three large outdoor pavilions for groups up to 100 people and one small pavilion for up to 50 people. A wedding garden, youth camping area and the Chesapeake Room are available for rent. Downs Park offers amazing spots to launch a kayak at the Bay Side Beach Launch and Locust Cove Launch
 
The park property has a rich history which has been preserved by the Downs Park Historical Society. Volunteer groups include the Friends of Downs Park, Garden Volunteers, Volunteers-in-the-Park and the Downs Park Quilters Guild. 
 
Downs Park Map
 

Park Information

  • Hours of Operation
    Downs Park is open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.

    Visitor Center Office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Downs Park Fees
    Daily Entry Fees
    Daily Pass: $6.00 per vehicle
    Daily Pass - Physically Challenged: $5.00 per vehicle
    (MVA handicapped tags or hanging permit required)
    Daily Pass - Service Connected: Free per vehicle
    (Military Individuals, Veterans and their Families - Services connected I.D. required)
    Annual Pass: $30.00 per vehicle (AACO Resident)
    Annual Pass: $40.00 per vehicle (Non County Resident)
    Senior Pass: $40.00 per person (Age 60 and over)
    Daily Parking Fee - Buses (schools only): $30.00 per bus (School buses only free with pavilion rental)  
    Regional Park Pavilion Rental Fees

    How to Purchase a Pass

    Get your Daily Pass, Annual Pass or Senior Pass at one of Anne Arundel County's regional parks (Downs Park, Fort Smallwood Park, Kinder Farm Park, and Quiet Waters Park) at YourPassNow.com. All passes at our regional parks can be purchased here prior to arriving at the park. With an annual pass you may explore and enjoy the four regional parks as often as you'd like for a single annual fee. Passes for regional parks are also available for purchase from the park gatehouses.
     
     
    Vehicles entering the park must either display a valid annual/senior pass or pay the daily pass fees. The annual permit is a small sticker which is permanently affixed to the driver's side front bumper of the vehicle, drivers side window or the inside frame of the driver's side door. Persons age 60 and over may obtain a senior pass which is a card that must be shown along with valid ID to gain vehicle entry. A pass is valid for one parking space at a regional park and are not transferable.
     
    Contact the park office at (410) 222-6230 for more information.

    Replacement Permits: $3.00 per vehicle
    If your vehicle is sold or involved in an accident and the current year parking permit sticker needs to be replaced, remove the parking permit sticker from the vehicle and return it to the park office to receive a replacement. Replacement senior passes are also available in the event of loss or significant damage. Applications for replacement senior passes must be obtained and submitted to the park where the original pass was purchased.
  • Special Events Application
    Guildelines, rules and regulations for special events for non-profit organizations.

    Special Events Application

 


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