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Welcome to Color on the Creek


Game on …the Fleet Has Set Sail!

Saturday, November 17, nine boats began their voyage with the Sailing Through the Winter Solstice 2018 event. An energetic group of volunteers, sponsors and launch teams cooperated to make relatively quick work of the fleet launch. A new mobile launch device was very effective and reduced the manual labor greatly. Each successful launch was cheered by the launch teams. . .as well as a large group of spectators.

Heavens to Betsy joined us virtually, from her rooftop roost atop Brewer’s Alley.

Flying Dog, the last of the sailing vessels, is a little late to the dance, but she has an awesome dress and we expect to launch her Sunday morning, December 2nd.

Our last boat, Puff, will make its appearance in the Kris Kringle procession and then take its perch overlooking the creek and North Market Street in front of La Paz.

As of this writing, all of the boats are alight and afloat! The interesting challenges and solutions to keeping the armada in good condition will be revealed in an upcoming communication.

Please come to the Creek to see the boats with your family and friends and consider supporting your favorite boat using our Vote for your Boat link on this site.

Pete, Kyle and Josh


Our Story

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...

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.

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...

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.


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