Foraging for culinary delights in Herring Run Park is a testimony that some things can be savored but they cannot be bought ("The thrill of the hunt," June 8). Moreover, it reflects the passion, hard work and commitment of the surrounding communities and park users, and especially their values.
Abutting the Herring Run lie a necklace of valley stream parks that go largely unnoticed. Yet within the boundary of this extensive park system lie cool forests, beckoning meadows, winding trails and, yes, food for thought and sustenance. These hidden gems are shared with large and small birds, foxes and deer living side-by-side with humans, each minding their own business.
The most remarkable thing about these Herring Run parks is the community stewardship and ethic of "no trace left behind" which make them vibrant, safe and sound. This enables city residents, children and visitors to enjoy and learn about the great outdoors and to find their place in the world and nature. These are invaluable experiences that cannot be bought. They must be sought after, earned and fostered.
To ensure this opportunity exists, the Friends of Herring Run Parks and community members worked with the Departments of Planning and of Recreation and Parks to establish the Herring Run Park Advisory Board. Located within the planning department, the board is a public-private partnership mandated to preserve the park's natural resources, provide visitors a variety of recreational and reflective experiences, and foster connection between communities.
We welcome your visit Herring Run Park. Please have fun, learn and leave no trace behind.
Howard Aylesworth, Baltimore
The writer is president, Friends of Herring Run Parks and chair, Herring Run Park Advisory Board.