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Patapsco Valley State Park Seeks Volunteers For National Trails Day

Ellicott City, Md. (May 19, 2011)Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers for the park’s annual National Trails Day event, which will be held on June 4 in the McKeldin Area of the park in Marriottsville. Volunteers are needed to help clear, repair and create new trails, thereby ensuring that outdoor activities in the park such as hiking, biking and horseback riding remain safe and enjoyable.

“Residents of Catonsville, Elkridge, Ellicott City or Baltimore can literally step out of their back doors and be hiking a trail in Patapsco Valley State Park within minutes,” said Captain Robin Melton, park manager. “National Trails Day is an opportunity to get families involved in caring for the park and protecting this area for future generations to enjoy.”

This year’s event is sponsored by the new Columbia REI store, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts and The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway. REI is hosting a volunteer sign-up at its Columbia store and will also provide breakfast snacks and a light lunch for the participants. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and should bring water, bug spray and sunscreen. Advance sign-up is required. For more information and to sign up, visit or contact the Patapsco Valley State Park Headquarters at 410-461-5005 or

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks — during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   May 19, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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