reservoir Loop Closure Info.

Baltimore Department of Public Works Reservoir Plan

To comply with EPA’s Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, all existing open finished drinking water storage facilities are to be covered or have supplemental treatment to achieve specified supplemental treatment to achieve specified water quality standards.

The Department of Public Works (“DPW”) is installing buried tanks as part of its plans to secure the water supply of the city and surrounding counties. DPW has installed buried tanks in reservoirs at Towson and Montebello, and is currently installing tanks at the Guilford Reservoir.  Starting in the spring /summer of 2017, DPW will begin installing two buried tanks in Druid Hill.

reservoir Plan

The current plan, developed with the Department of Recreation and Parks, includes installing two precast, pre-stressed water storage tanks (400 –550 feet in diameter) underground in the western end of the original lake as a lawn for gathering; connecting to existing water trans-mission mains; providing facilities to treat the water entering and exiting the tanks; restoring/rebuilding the existing stone wall fencing within project limits; adding park amenities such as an amphitheater, row boating facility; and, widening the walk/bike path along Druid Park lake Drive. For more information on the reservoir plan visit the DPW website.

Over the next few days and weeks the Department of Public Works will begin construction process to install buried water tanks at Druid Hill Park.

As a result of the construction, access to the full loop around the reservoir will be restricted.  Our understanding is that that approx 1/3 of the loop will be closed to public access during the 4-5 years it takes to complete this project.  Access to the 2 exercise stations on the west side of the reservoir will not be accessible during the construction period.  

Construction WILL NOT affect park roads, pavilion, ball fields, the Rawlings Conservatory, Maryland Zoo, Druid Hill Farmers Market, disc golf course, or pool access.

The reservoir has served as the heart of Druid Hill Park for over 100 years. This construction will have major impact on many park patrons and events.

The FoDHP has posted route options for park users. You can also visit our friends at Baltimore Green Map (BGM). BGM has a great map of Druid Hill Park that park users can use to find new exercise routes. BGM also produced a Jones Falls Trail map. The trail may be an option for some park users. Online versions of the maps are available at the BGM website. Paper versions of both of these maps are available in the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

We expect to receive more updates and timelines from DPW and Rec and Parks as the process moves forward. We will share all information as it becomes available.
The reservoir has served as the heart of Druid Hill Park for over 100 years.  This construction will have major impact on many park patrons and events.  

Here are links to 2 walking, jogging and biking options. 

Option 1uses Red road and the roads behind the Recreation and Parks Headquarters.  It is approx. 1.07 miles long (reservoir loop is approx 1.5 miles). 

Option 2uses the Mansion House loop.  This loop may have limited access due to zoo events and parking for park/zoo events.  This option is approx. .958 miles.

*** Please Note: Unlike the reservoir loop, these routes require using  public roadways in Druid Hill Park.  Please use caution when using these routes.  Routes may also be closed due to events or parking for large park events.