One way to describe Parkville is in terms of what the community doesn't have. There are no big entertainment venues, no outlet malls and no congested city streets populated with high-rise buildings. And all that is just fine with the residents of this suburban community. Everyday needs are served by neighborhood shopping areas, the local county library and local parks; everything else is available within just a few miles. Big attractions are close enough to enjoy, but far enough away so that they don't impose on Parkville's quiet atmosphere.
Since the city of Baltimore is less than 10 miles away, it serves as a primary entertainment destination for Parkville residents. The performing arts can be enjoyed at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, and thrilling roller coasters can be enjoyed at Six Flags America. Baltimore is also home to two professional sports teams, the Orioles and the Ravens, and all types of nightlife, dining and shopping.
Nature enthusiasts will be sure to visit the Loch Raven Reservoir Watershed and Gunpowder Falls State Park. The reservoir supplies local communities with water, but is also visited for fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking, walking, running, biking and birding. For those who want to try their luck at bass fishing, boats and other equipment can be rented out at a nearby fishing center on the reservoir. Fishing is also popular on the waterways within Gunpowder Falls State Park, which is adjacent to the reservoir. Between the reservoir area and the state park, there are more than 120 miles of trails to explore as well.
The climate in Parkville varies from warm, humid summers to chilly winters. Year round rainfall averages about 52 inches, with five and half inches falling in May. The remaining months of the year see about four to five inches of rainfall apiece. Temperatures reach their lowest in January when they dip into the mid-20s. From there, temperatures rise steadily before topping out at about 85 in July and August.
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