The Friends of Herring Run Parks was excited to host a rest stop in Halls Springs of Herring Run Park for this year’s Tour Dem Parks. One of Baltimore’s most beloved bicycle festivals, the Tour Dem Parks is an annual bike ride that winds through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods for a close-up view of Carroll, Patterson, Herring Run, and Druid Hill Park, as well as some quietly tucked away gems.
Held every year on the second Sunday of June, this year’s Tour landed on June 9th. The festival holds multiple bike rides of varying length including the 64 mile Metric Century ride, a 36 mile Le Grande Tour ride, a 25 mile Le Petite ride, and a 12 mile Family ride. With a wide range of bike rides and a delicious barbeque, it’s no wonder that the over 1,200 participants, as well as the many amazing volunteers, had a wonderful time.
The Tour’s most popular bike ride is the Le Grande Tour and is designed for the experienced rider who wants to see Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods. It takes you through all five major parks (Carroll, Druid, Herring Run, Clifton, and Patterson) while passing through a number of the other smaller parks that make Baltimore Bal’mer.
The Tour Dem Park organizers supplied Gatorade and snacks to the Friends of Herring Run Parks for the rest stop. We set up a table with water and the refreshments and our volunteers were busy keeping up with the flow of riders. We had many bikers who have never been in Herring Run Park and it was a pleasure to show them the gem of our neighborhood. The Friends of Herring Run Parks looks forward to hosting a rest area for next year’s Tour Dem Parks.