Walker's Paradise

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

By Darla Winstead - Macaroni Kid Publisher April 21, 2021

Have you ever been to a place a few times and thought you knew what was there?  Then, one day you visit and discover something amazing that was there all along.  That happened to me a few weeks ago.  I was driving near the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis looking at the beautiful flowering trees when I discovered a sidewalk encircling the outer edge of the property.  Maybe you already know about this and are a frequent user like the people I encountered.  There were walkers, joggers, and people walking dogs alone and in groups.  There were parents pushing strollers with sleeping babies and young children.  I noticed someone walking while talking on their phone and then a bicyclist rode by.  I've lived in Annapolis for several years and never noticed this path before.     

I followed the wide paved sidewalk on three sides of the stadium and really like what I found.  There were lots of trees for shade, birds chirping, beautifully landscaped gardens, and occasionally a benches for resting.  Gate 2 off Farragut St. is a good place to park when the stadium is closed.  The side along Cedar Park Rd. has rainscaped rain gardens.  On Taylor Avenue there is a grand entrance to the stadium and the Alumni Arch.  This side of the stadium is dedication to the many men and women who graduated from the Naval Academy and became Naval and Marine Corps officers.  There are many plaques to read, dedicated gardens, and even a real Blue Angel airplane on display.

I rate this a must see and an excellent place to take a walk!!!