Corps celebrates America’s Great Outdoors, opens new pathway

Published June 13, 2013

BALTIMORE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District is celebrating an America’s Great Outdoors event with a ceremony to officially open Raystown Lake’s Greenside Pathway, June 20 at noon.


 The keynote speaker for the formal presentation is Ms. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, scheduled for noon at the Raystown Lake Amphitheatre in the Seven Points Recreation Area.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place immediately following the formal presentation at the kiosk adjacent to the trail. 


The Corps staff at Raystown Lake staff received a grant for $854,450 through the Federal Transit Administration’s Alternative Transportation in the Parks and Public Lands Program.  Although many applied, Raystown Lake was the only Corps project to receive money from this funding source. 


The grant was to construct a 2.3 mile pathway around the Seven Points Recreation Area that would connect the major recreational features. The trail was designed to reduce traffic congestion, increase the safety for pedestrians, provide a healthy alternate to driving and improve the overall experience of visitors.


Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ms. Darcy and Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, Corps’ Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations with assist the Boy Scouts, Alexandria, Troop 24 with planting two American Chestnut trees in partnership with the American Chestnut Foundation.


For more information, please contact Public Affairs Specialist, Stacy Ouellette at or 443-691-0435.




Stacy Ouellette, (443) 691-0435

Release no. 13-014