Public parks sprinkle the city around Loch Raven, providing activities of every kind. Right next door, Mount Pleasant Park has a world-class 18-hole golf course run by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation. The BGMC maintains several courses throughout the city where anyone can golf for a modest fee. Also in the park, Mount Pleasant Ice Arena opens year-round for lessons, hockey and public skating sessions.
To the south, adjoining Morgan State University, Herring Run Park
spreads over 375 acres of woodland and trails in the heart of Baltimore. Designed by the Olmsted brothers in the early 1900s, the park contains picnic areas, basketball courts, playgrounds and Herring Run, the stream from which the park gets its name. Wildlife, including deer, fox, herons and egrets, makes its home here, reinforcing the park's status as a tranquil haven in the middle of the city. As in all Baltimore City parks, leashed dogs are permitted.
Westward, Chinquapin Run Park
provides playgrounds, ball fields, soccer pitches and basketball courts among the woods and streams where people picnic and walk dogs. Rangers also schedule nature walks and classes here.