Our Story

Color On The Creek is an all volunteer inspired and managed water garden located in the Carroll Creek Linear Park which runs through the heart of downtown Frederick Maryland. Created in 2012, the garden transformed an algae plagued creek into a place of real beauty. The water garden blooms from April through October and is open and free to the public. Stop by; you won’t be disappointed!

Volunteers Run the Show

We started with 100 colunteers in 2013 and have grown to over 400 participating volunteers and donors.

Sailing Through
The Winter Solstice

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers who helped the 2022-23 STTWS! We are so fortunate and thankful for the hearty group of individuals who build, design, and support the fleet. This crew literally help keep the boats afioat through rain, sleet, ice and snow. Plans are already underway for the 2023-24 STTWS fleet.

If you’d like to volunteer to help us out on the creek, we’d sure appreciate your time and effort. We need your help!

Please volunteer here.

Recent Blog

Explore our blog for insightful articles, personal reflections and ideas that
inspire action on the topics you care about.

Candlelights on the Creek

A visual event Presented by Sailing Through the Winter Solstice. Participants will float luminaries down the creek- meant to inspire remembrance, good fortune, and renewed hope, and joy. Come down…

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FOX 5 Field Trip to STTWS

FOX 5's Kevin McCarthy took a field trip to STTWS. Enjoy this segment with Kyle discussing the STTWS's history, boats, charities and impact on downtown Frederick!

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STTWS ’21 Is In Full Swing!

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice is in full swing! With the final additions of "Mystere", "Stargazer" and The Holly Jolly Roger the 2020-2021 fleet is now complete. Twenty-five light ships…

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Our Sponsors

Picture This!

Admittedly, Color On The Creek always looks extra special,
thanks to our well-known local photographers.