Entries Now Open for the 7th Annual

Friends of Quiet Waters Park Photo Contest!

We welcome March and the coming of spring! It’s a great time to take those special photos!

The 7th Friends of Quiet Waters Park annual photo contest is now open! Although we are all observing social distancing, the park is open and everyone can enjoy its natural beauty.

Entries must be taken in the park during all seasons featuring nature scenes, wildlife, park events, sculpture, water views and more. Submissions can be in color or b/w and must be jpg or tiff files. Submitted photos should have been taken during the last 3 years. There is a limit of 3 entries per person. Each photo must include a title and its location in the park.

Send entries to Gail Olmstead, The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30, 2021. The entries will be judged by members of the Fine Arts Committee of FQWP and the winners will be announced by Oct. 31, 2021. 

The winning photographs will be featured in the 2022 calendar and will be announced through various social media including the Friends’ website, Facebook and Newsletter. To view the winners from last year’s contest, check out the Friends’ website at

We are again looking forward to receiving your outstanding photographs of Quiet Waters Park, the “Jewel in the Crown” of Anne Arundel County!

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Join the Friends Art Committee

The Fine Arts Committee of the Friends of Quiet
Waters Park is seeking volunteers with fresh ideas and new perspectives to serve on the committee. The committee Support the Galleries at Quiet Waters Park through jurying, installation, publicity, attending receptions, sales and more! Learn More…

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Proposed Rowing/Sculling Facility within the Park

Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has released plans to develop a portion of Quiet Waters Park into a Paddling & Rowing Facility.  A virtual public meeting has been scheduled to present and discuss the proposal.

The design shows two boardwalks off the main paved path behind the Holly Pavilion (nearest to the concert stage), crossing the upland and wetland areas leading to an approximately 250’ long dock extending into the cove.

The Friends of Quiet Waters Park previously expressed concerns of a proposed boat ramp located in this same area for the following reasons:

Numerous environmental impacts to: wetlands; submerged vegetation in the cove off Harness Creek; and upland area and bird habitat due to the removal of more than 29 trees

Inconsistency with the Master Plan which called for minimum shoreline disturbance within the Critical Area Boundary and a focus on passive recreation at the park

Multiple user conflicts within the park as it would cross both the existing paved and unpaved trails and to the Harness Creek users

Traffic and parking concerns conflicting with existing events and use of the Holly Pavilion

For more information and to view a copy of the plans (Adobe Reader required):

You may submit questions in advance to Melissa Harlinski via email at by January 29, 2021.Attachments area

Position of the Friends of Quiet Waters Park on the Proposed Sculling Facility

Link to the document

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