Greenspring Avenue is a road in Baltimore, Maryland and its northwestern suburbs. At one time, Greenspring Avenue was Maryland Route 519 from Worthington Road to Dover Road, but the road has since been decommissioned and no longer has any numerical designation.
Greenspring Avenue is currently divided into three sections, as follows:
- In Baltimore city: From Druid Hill Park to Northern Parkway
- In Baltimore city: From Northern Parkway to Cross Country Boulevard/Pimlico Road
- In Baltimore city/county: From Cross Country Boulevard to Tufton Avenue.
Greenspring Avenue begins inside of Druid Hill Park, near the Maryland Zoo. The first section, which is approximately 1.9 miles (3.1 km) long, is mostly lined with high-rise and garden apartments. This section ends at Northern Parkway, at Sinai Hospital, and across from Cylburn Park. From here, a left and then a right two blocks later is required to continue along Greenspring.
The next section of Greenspring Avenue starts off of Northern Parkway about one block west of Sinai Hospital, and continues for about 3/4 of a mile to a five-way intersection consisting of Cross Country Boulevard and Pimlico Road, in an area known as Cheswolde. A right turn is required here to continue along Greenspring.
The third and longest section of Greenspring Avenue continues from this intersection for about 10 miles (16 km) until the end of the name Greenspring Avenue for the road. However, the road physically continues beyond this point and is known as Worthington Avenue for the next mile and a half. It finally continues into Butler Road (Maryland Route 128) before it reaches Hanover Pike (Maryland Route 30), at which point going straight will lead to I-795. This section of the road can be accessed from the Baltimore Beltway at exit 22.
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Landmarks along Greenspring Avenue
Quarry Lake at Greenspring development
Throughout the 2000s, construction has been underway for a new development now known as Quarry Lake at Greenspring, which is located between Old Court Road and Smith Avenue.
In 2005, a rock-breaking ceremony was held.
The development also features 83 single-family homes and 500 condos.
The center of the development features is 40-acre (160,000 m2) lake, which is 500 feet (150 m) deep, one of the deepest lakes in the state of Maryland.
Public transportation, provided by the Maryland Transit Administration, is available on or near parts of Greenspring Avenue.
- Route 1 operates between Druid Park Drive and Sinai Hospital.
- Route 27 crosses Greenspring Avenue at Ken Oak Road, and operates one block east of Greenspring Avenue along the parallel Cross Country Boulevard.
- Route 58 (formerly Route M-10) operates between Cross Country Boulevard and Willowglen Drive.
- Route 60 crosses Greenspring Avenue along Greenspring Valley Road (Maryland Route 130).
- In the past, service was provided on Greenspring Avenue between Ken Oak and Cross Country by Route 44 and between Greenspring Valley Road and Greenwood by Route M-12. But these services have been discontinued.
In popular culture
- Greenspring Avenue was the site of a murder in the book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon.
- In the book A Broken Heart Still Beats by Anne McCracken, Peter and the narrator drive frantically up Greenspring Avenue during an emergency.
- In The Writer on Her Work by Janet Sternburg, the narrator has a near accident while driving on Greenspring Avenue.
- Pruett, Mike. "MDRoads: Routes 500-519". www.mdroads.com. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
- "'Rock-breaking' held for Quarry Lake at Greenspring - Baltimore Business Journal". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
- The Shops at Quarry Lake Breaks Ground in Pikesville
- Simon, David (2007-04-01). Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Macmillan. ISBN 9781429900959.
- McCracken, Anne; Semel, Mary (2000-09-01). A Broken Heart Still Beats: After Your Child Dies. Hazelden Publishing. ISBN 9781568385563.
- Sternburg, Janet (2000-01-01). The Writer on Her Work. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393320558.