Riverside Park (the "other" Federal Hill Park) has importance to me. You won't find all the energy and park use at the real Federal Hill Park that you will find here. Dog owners certainly use it the most, but until the last 5 or 10 years, that was never the case. I learned how to ride a bike, swim (a pool within the park), play baseball on the diamond, ride the swings since a kid, and now I'm a grand-dad and bring my grandkids. Lots of sport teams still play on the diamonds (Softball, Touch Football), there's a basketball court that sees a lot of use. It's a nice park for just sitting on a bench and reading. The trees are pretty, and it's safe here. There's a "mansion" as we call in (see picture at top) that was built in 1890's and used for a bandstand (still occasionally used for that). And there's history here too-- it was used in the Civil War by union troops to keep Baltimore neutral-- the first shots of the civil war didn't occur at Fort Sumpter SC, they happened in Baltimore in April, 1861 with a riot.
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