North Point State Park
|North Point State Park|
|Maryland State Park|
|Elevation||10 ft (3 m) |
|Area||1,337 acres (541 ha) |
|- Wildlands||667 acres (270 ha)|
|Management||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|Website: North Point State Park|
North Point State Park is a Maryland state park located on Chesapeake Bay in Edgemere. Part of the park's 1,337 acres (541 ha) includes the grounds of Bay Shore Park (1906-1947), which was once one of the state's premiere amusement parks. The state park offers beach swimming and wading, fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, bicycling, and hiking. The park also has a modern visitor center and restored remnants of the old amusement park.
Evidence suggests that the area was first occupied by humans 9000 years ago. During the War of 1812, it was on the route traveled by British troops intent on invading Baltimore from the southeast and several skirmishes were fought there. The site was used for farming for some three and a half centuries prior to its conversion to parkland.
Bay Shore Park
Bay shore Amusement Park (or Bay Shore Park) was an amusement park built in 1906  by Otto Simonson and Theodore Wells Pietsch. It was built upon 30 acres of North Point State Park  (previously named Black Marsh ) property. During its time, Bay shore Park was a lively and attractive place offering a variety of recreations and relaxation along the Chesapeake Bay. Activities included a dance hall, bowling alley, restaurant, and a pier to the bay. There was also a trolley/streetcar from Baltimore to Bay shore Park, which was one of the ways people got there, the other being by steamboat from Baltimore to the pier. Bay shore Park was considered a must-see attraction in this time. In 1947, a company known as Bethlehem Steel bought the park land, and tore Bay shore Park down. The attractions were moved to a new park, Bay Island Beach, in the 1950s but was also torn down by Bethlehem Steel in the 1960s. The land is now owned by the department of natural resources as of 1987. In 1992, Bay Shore Amusement Park fell under the Maryland Register of Historic properties, because of its association with streetcars. The park was a big proponent of the use of streetcars and used them for recreation. According to Jacques Kelly, who went looking for the park after it was torn down, says the area is still as beautiful as before, calling it a “delightful summertime oasis.” Much of the old facilities, according to Kelly, has survived and/or has been renovated and still is visited with people daily. The landmarks that survived have given tourists and historians information on what the park was originally used for. In 1925, Jimmy Doolittle won the Schneider Trophy seaplane race held at the park that year.
Activities and amenities
The park has several piers and provides beach access to visitors for wading and swimming. There are picnic tables and grills on site. The historical fountain has been restored, as well as the old trolley station, which is used by permit for large gatherings.
The Takos Visitor Center, which opened in 2002, was named in honor of Volunteer Ranger Steve Takos who spearheaded the renovation efforts at the park. It was designed to resemble the amusement's park former hotel and restaurant, and boasts an educational science room, multiple history and nature-oriented exhibits, including a large saltwater fish tank, and a conference room.
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- Kelly, Jacques (July 26, 2013). "Site of old Bay Shore amusement park still an oasis". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
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- North Point State Park Maryland Department of Natural Resources