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Fort Smallwood Park, Pasadena

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Fort Smallwood Park is a county park in northeastern Anne Arundel County near Riviera Beach and Pasadena, Maryland, United States. It is located on the outer Patapsco River as it meets the Chesapeake Bay.

On April 1, 2006 it became a regional park in the Anne Arundel County Park System, after being transferred from the Department of Recreation and Parks of Baltimore City after extensive decades-long negotiations. On September 19, 2009 County Executive John R. Leopold officially dedicated the 380-foot (120 m) fishing pier at Fort Smallwood Park "Bill Burton Fishing Pier", named for the long-time Baltimore Sun outdoorsman/reporter and columnist. The previous pier was destroyed in 2003 by Hurricane Isabel. It provides a view of the Sparrows Point plant of Mittal Steel Company (formerly owned by Bethlehem Steel Corporation), one of the largest steel manufacturing complexes in the world.
Fort Smallwood Road (Maryland Route 173) leads from Patapsco Avenue and Pennington Avenue in Brooklyn-Curtis Bay in southern Baltimore City across Curtis Creek, past the U.S. Coast Guard Yard through the Arundel Cove-Hawkins Point area to Riviera Beach and Pasadena coastal communities across Stony Creek to the old fort and park.
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  • It was a huge disappointment and not fun the last time we were here. This time, much improved. Garbage overflowing.  more »
  • This park was beautiful with visitors of all kinds enjoying family picnics, fishing, boating, skating, biking, and just taking in the beautiful bay sites. Very clean and a great family place. Worth.....  more »
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  • I like this park because if you get there early enough, you'll almost have your own private oasis right next to the water. And the sand is very smooth, even under the water, which is always great. The only thing I couldn't quite get with is the amount of trash that patrons had left, such as watermelon rinds, and the ladybugs that freaking bite! But other than that, my kids had fun!
  • We go here to go fishing. Like the place because of the Pier. Since we're both handicapped, (not complaining)... The rangers will give us a ride close to the Pier from the parking lot, and back to the car if we need it. That's a little fish nothing worthwhile but it's fun! Specially great for children!

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