Baltimore City Parks

Druid Hill Park and Carroll Park

Apple Designs was contracted by the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks Department to develop a complete signage system for Druid Hill Park and Carroll Park.

Druid Hill Park was created by the City of Baltimore in 1860 and is the largest park in the city at 745 acres. The park includes key destinations such as the Maryland Zoo, the Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and many other recreational facilities. We developed a Signage Standards Manual which included designing a complete family of sign types for Druid Hill Park and could be extended to other parks and facilities.

Carroll Park features several large attractions within and adjacent to the park boundary including the historic Mt. Clare Museum, B&O Railroad museum, Gwynn’s Falls Trail, and Carroll Park Golf Course. We utilized the sign standards we developed for Druid Hill Park and the design work included a complete set of signs for the park as well as an updated graphic directory map.

We designed a unique system of components and graphic standards to identify and promote the parks while using commonly available materials in order to deploy this large project within budget. During construction our team helped manage a phased installation of signs throughout the park. In addition to the design work, we also delivered a comprehensive set of directory map graphics for use with stand-alone sign structures, the park’s website, and other promotional materials.