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Welcome to Color On The Creek!

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Sailing Through The Winter Solstice

The seven boats were pulled out of the icy creek in about two hours on Sunday, March 4th and they are now in storage for next year’s event. Thanks go to all the hearty volunteers and to Jeff and Patty Hurwitz for the use of their barn for summer boat storage.

We raised about $21,000 for five Frederick based charities including COTC, Rebuilding Together Frederick County, Frederick Rescue Mission-Faith House, Frederick Community Action Agency and the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund. We added a little winter color to the creek as well! This year’s “Best Boat” award went to the Wine Kitchen’s Stargazer which raised close to $7,000. The “Most Generous Family Gift” was a tie which was awarded to Denise and Bernard Gouin and to Rose and Ed Thomas.

To all. . .please check out the amazing photos by Don Burgess of the boats and the Carroll Creek water garden at Frederick Tour on Facebook.

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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…


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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.