North Beach, Maryland

This week I visited North Beach, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, about 45 minutes from my home. I hadn’t been there since the 1980s, when I remember it as rundown and generally depressing.

A little research into the town’s history explains why. From Wikipedia:

The town was a gambling mecca for summer visitors from the Washington, D.C. area during the 1940s. In the 1960s and 1970s it became a destination for motorcycle gangs.

Sounds about right. But with post-hurricane rebuilding and a new mayor in 1999 came all sorts of revitalization, especially beautification through civic landscaping.

North Beach, MarylandThe bike path along the boardwalk got my attention with its stunning planter boxes, which use a different theme every 60 feet.North Beach, Maryland I’m not sure how far this bike path goes but it’s so pretty, I want to bring my bike next time and find out. North Beach, Maryland When people pose for selfies with plants, town planners are doing something right.North Beach, Maryland

Here’s a view toward the Bay.
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Even more impressive is Sunrise Garden, a park at the main intersection in town. It’s a great example of civic landscaping that’s eco-friendly; it’s been certified as Bay-Wise.

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This year North Beachers are excited to be in competition with just three other small towns in the U.S. (population less than 3,500) for a big America in Bloom award and all the bragging rights it could bring. I sure wish I had a vote.