Trail talk featured Edgar “Ed” Parker

The ‘Friends of the Anne Arundel county Trails, Inc’ – reports of Edgar ‘Ed’ Parker in their August 2018 Issue 83, article entitled: “The Unsung Hero of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail”
You won’t find a more active supporter of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail than Edgar “Ed” Parker. A 1956 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Ed has served on the Board of the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails for 16 years. he worked with former Councilman, Cliff Roop, encouraging him to include in the county budge design monies for its development. Furthermore, he lobbied former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest who found federal funds for Phase 1. Located near the Broadneck Library is the Segree Rest Area. Ed donated his personal funds to build it, which includes a picnic table, bike rack, bench, dog water dish, water fountain, and lovely plantings. He’s also purchased two benches along Phase 1 for weary travelers, one for his late wife Jean and one for Councilman Cliff Roop. But Ed isn’t stopping there. He’s funding another rest area for Phase II of the trail. The site has not yet been located, but will feature amenities similar to the Segree rest area. The second will feature a bronze plaque honoring Ed and Jean for the thoughtful gift.

Ed has also been active with the ever ready Trail Blazers, a group of volunteers who patrol the county trails offering assistance to hikers and bikers who need information and medical assistance. he is also currently active as a facilitator for an Alzheimer’s /Care Giver Support Group, serves as a member of the Eastern District Police Relations Council and has served on the Ann Arundel County Library Foundation for either years.

The Friends of Anne Areundel County Trails salutes and thanks you, Ed, for your devotion and contribution to the enhancement of this much awaited trail.

Edgar “Ed” Parker


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