Ninety years after Patapsco Valley State Park was born, the park and its visitors received a long overdue gift. In the 1990’s a group of volunteers, assisted by businesses, the Boys Scouts, and the Maryland Park Service, worked to change one of the park’s oldest structures into a Visitor Center. This unique volunteer effort led to the formation of the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, Ltd (FPVSP). and in the Year of the Park (2000) we opened the Avalon Visitor’s Center in an Old Stone Iron Worker’s House located in the Avalon Area just up-river from Elkridge.
Since our inception, we have offered educational and recreational programming and engaged in beautification efforts and environmental restoration. The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park, Ltd. continues its mission to support and advocate for the park in a wide range of areas.
.We host, fundraise for, and coordinate Eagle Scout and Girl Scout Awards projects, Family Fun Day, volunteer fairs, clean-up efforts, and are currently engaged in working on acquiring AED’s/Defibrillators for every section of the park, a dump trailer to more easily manage the clean-up operations in the park, more Discovery backpacks, trail cams to help rangers determine trail usage so they can be proactive on trail conditions and maintenance plans and, finally, partnering with all user groups for Patapsco Trail Fest.