Proposed Rowing/Sculling Facility within the Park

Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has released plans to develop a portion of Quiet Waters Park into a Paddling & Rowing Facility.  A virtual public meeting has been scheduled to present and discuss the proposal.

The design shows two boardwalks off the main paved path behind the Holly Pavilion (nearest to the concert stage), crossing the upland and wetland areas leading to an approximately 250’ long dock extending into the cove.

The Friends of Quiet Waters Park previously expressed concerns of a proposed boat ramp located in this same area for the following reasons:

Numerous environmental impacts to: wetlands; submerged vegetation in the cove off Harness Creek; and upland area and bird habitat due to the removal of more than 29 trees

Inconsistency with the Master Plan which called for minimum shoreline disturbance within the Critical Area Boundary and a focus on passive recreation at the park

Multiple user conflicts within the park as it would cross both the existing paved and unpaved trails and to the Harness Creek users

Traffic and parking concerns conflicting with existing events and use of the Holly Pavilion

For more information and to view a copy of the plans (Adobe Reader required):

You may submit questions in advance to Melissa Harlinski via email at by January 29, 2021.Attachments area

Position of the Friends of Quiet Waters Park on the Proposed Sculling Facility

Link to the document

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ICE RINK UPDATE – Christmas 2020

Sad News! – Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink will not open for the 2020/21 season due to the recent holiday spike in COVID19 cases.

The County’s Department of Recreation and Parks and Department of Health made this difficult decision in an effort to protect our staff and citizens and lessen the community spread.

The Quiet Waters staff will be working on ice rink facility renovations so your skating experience will be better than ever next year!

Reminder to all friends of the Park, the Visitor’s Center also remains closed to the public until further notice.

For updates, check the Ice Rink Facebook page

Remember, stay safe:




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2021 Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Four judges from the Friends of Quiet Waters Park Fine Arts Committee had a challenging time selecting the final winning photographs to appear in the 2021 Friends of Quiet Waters Park desk calendar . However, through a blind judging process (where judges don’t know the identity of the photographer) thirteen finalists were finally selected to make up the calendar. Members in the Blue Heron or Osprey levels ($50 and above) will receive their complimentary calendar in December or early January.

All proceeds support the Friends of Quiet Waters Park .

Due to COVID restrictions, the Visitor’s Center is currently closed to the general public. To enable the purchase of the 2021 QWP calendars, Park staff will allow one person at a time in the Visitor’s Center. Please ring the doorbell at the entrance closest to the Visitor’s Center office (up the stairs from the reflective pool). No cash transactions allowed.

Payment must be made by Credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay only.

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