Lake Montebello & Herring Run Professional Review and Guide
"One of Baltimore’s lesser-known attributes (even to many locals) is its preponderance of green spaces. From very early on, city planners recognized the need for Baltimore’s citizenry to have access to the country that makes Maryland such an attractive place to live. This mind-set persisted even as the city boomed to become, for several decades in the early and mid-1800s, the country’s second largest. Penny and nickel horsecar taxes, a green-minded and progressive citizenry, and the continual employ of the Olmsted brothers, the country’s foremost landscape architects, transformed the growing city into a collection of pocketed oases of public parks, lakes, and leafy neighborhoods that worked with the sweeps and curves of the natural landscape. Baltimoreans still enjoy these foresighted results today, and spots like Lake Montebello and Herring Run are just two. The adjacent lakeside neighborhood of Ednor Gardens–Lakeside was once part of the massive estate of Revolutionary War hero and Baltimore Mayor Samuel Smith, who named his manse Montebello after the 1800 battle in Lombardy. Conjoined Herring Run Park snakes for 300 acres through Belair-Edison and is yet another prized recreational haven. The namesake stream needs some further cleaning, but the Herring Run Watershed Association has been and continues to be on the case. On this pleasant walk, join northeast denizens as they take advantage of two of the places that make this part of Baltimore, home to nearby Morgan State University, an underappreciated destination."