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Welcome to Color On The Creek!

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Your Vote Helps Frederick Charities

Our ships are all decked out for the winter holidays. And thanks to our sponsors you now have a chance to support your favorite charities by voting for the boat (or boats) of your choice! Each vote is $1 and you may vote on one or more boats. VOTE HERE. Votes will be counted after February 10, 2018. Besides Color On The Creek, other charities represented are as follows: Rebuilding Together Frederick County; Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund; Frederick Rescue Mission – Faith House; and the Frederick Community Action Agency. All winners will be announced in February. Thirty percent of all proceeds go to Color On The Creek with the balance going to charities of the sponsor. All monies collected are going to Frederick based 501c(3) charities. A special thanks to all of our sponsors: rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Flying Dog Brewery, Property Management People, BB&T Bank, Colonial Jewelers, The Wine Kitchen, Tourism Council of Frederick County and the Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley.

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Color On The Creek is an all volunteer inspired and managed water garden located in the Carroll Creek Linear Park which runs through the heart of downtown Frederick Maryland. Created in 2012, the garden transformed an algae plagued creek into a place of real beauty. The water garden blooms from April through October and is open and free to the public.  Stop by; you won’t be disappointed! Read more about us, get involved  or donate.

 Walking along the creek you can’t help but hear passersby admire the color and serenity of the setting.

“This is beautiful.”
“I wish our town would consider a project like this!”
“What a lovely place to stroll and enjoy the weather.”

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor to our lovely town, make sure you take the time to enjoy Carroll Creek and the plantings we’ve added. This project began 5 years ago as an effort to enhance the water quality of the creek as well as to improve the aesthetics of Carroll Creek. Through volunteer efforts and corporate sponsorships, we’ve grown. Learn more...

Plant Materials in the Water Garden 

The plants varieties used for Color On The Creek are selected primarily to provide shade but also for beauty or visual interest. The plants in the Creek now include about 4,000 hardy lilies, lotuses and bog (emergent shallow water) plants including water irises, reeds, rush and cattail. Learn more…


Fall Cleanup
Saturday, November 4th from 10am to 1pm.
Calling for volunteers. Learn more…

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
November 18 – February 3
Fund Raising Award, Donations. Learn more…

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Your Contribution

Whether large or small, your contribution helps us continue our efforts and even enhance our offerings on the Creek. You are the reason we continue to thrive. Donate Now.

Volunteers run the show

Our volunteers are the backbone of this project. We started with 100 volunteers in 2013 and have grown to over 400 participating volunteers and donors. We always need volunteers – especially during our two spring plantings and fall clean–up when it’s time to put the water garden to bed! Would you like to help? We have fun. We learn. Get to know your neighbors and friends. Volunteer Now.