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The mission of the Friends of Druid Hill Park is to protect and maintain its magnificent woods and arbors,
to preserve its historic monuments and buildings, and to reinvigorate the park as a central recreational, cultural and educational institution.
Druid Hill is a major urban park of 745 acres - it is one of the oldest urban parks in the country and a direct result of the early American Public Parks Movement. Baltimore's first large municipal park is commonly known for its shady lawns, rolling hills, picturesque water features, and majestic forest. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the history of Druid Hill Park began when the Susquehannock Indians ceded land that included the park's area to Lord Baltimore in 1652.
The Friends is an all-volunteer organization that acts as a steward for the park. They hold regular community meetings, organize work days in the park, provide a clearinghouse for park events, engage the Baltimore community to active participation in shaping the park's future, advocate for the preservation of historic features, and design events (like tours, lecture series, festivals, oral history projects, etc.) to draw active participants with a variety of interests in to the park. The friends work with a number of partners and allied organizations throughout the city to achieve their goals.