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Enjoy a picnic and a ball game at Reisterstown Regional Park

With the sun setting earlier now that the fall season is upon us, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a good place to walk or ride my bike in the evenings after work. Reisterstown Regional Park, located at 401 Mitchell Drive in Reisterstown, fits the bill. Yes, I often take a walk around my neighborhood, but when I need a change of scenery or my son wants to accompany me on his bike, we take a short five minute car ride to Reisterstown Regional.

This park provides plenty of paved paths to walk, run, bike or scooter, as well as manicured grassyareas if you like a more natural footing. The bleachers near the baseball fields are also a great place to get your steps in. The park as a whole is over 79.7 acres, providing beautiful views looking over the nearby woodlands and the ever-changing fall foliage. Walking is a great way to de-stress after a long day at work as well as get in some often overlooked family time and conversation.

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In addition to these things, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brisk walking — at around 3.5 mph — has been shown to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, increase high-density lipoprotein and even reduce risks of bone fracture. Brisk walking has also been associated with lower mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer. With this refreshing, cool weather, it is the perfect time to get a walk in a few days of the week.

If you are looking for a place to practice your ball playing skills, Reisterstown Regional Park has four lighted ball diamonds with backstops, home run fences, player benches and dugouts, one lighted artificial turf athletic field and two lighted athletic fields. If you are looking to be a spectator, there are many organized games going on at the park, but in the evenings and off season, many of the fields are open for use. I have enjoyed many evenings watching my son and his team play baseball here under the lights, but the most special memories were made when it was just us, playing catch on the field asthe sun set. For those of you with little ones, there is also a nice, updated, well-maintained playground.

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The playground has multiple activity areas so children of all ages can play. After all of the brisk walking, ball playing and monkey bars, it may be time for a snack. The park has a great covered picnic pavilion adjacent to the playground that can hold up to 80 people, which is great for a party or family reunion.

There are also indoor restroom facilities on the grounds. On most weekends, the concession stand is open and serves up tasty snacks as well as burgers cooked right on the grill outside.

I feel so lucky to have such a modern, well maintained park so close to home. The park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk days a week.

Kelly Scible is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached at kellyscible@gmail.com.

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