Welcome to Severna Park!
Severna Park is a vibrant, tight-knit water-oriented community located in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area.
They say real estate is about location, location, location, and this location is hard to compare with! Severna park is centrally located only a 15 minute drive to Baltimore City or BWI Airport, 10 minutes to Annapolis and only 25 minutes to the DC Beltway. Additionally, the Odenton MARC station is only a 15 minute drive from Severna Park and only a 25 minute train ride to DC’s Union Station!
Above all else, though, the key to Severna Park’s location is its proximity to the water. Many communities have beaches and/or community green spaces along the water which offer great swimming and water sports, but even more so, these areas become gathering points that form the foundation for the incredibly strong communities that we see here. Boating enthusiasts will be happy to find that many of Severna Park’s larger neighborhoods, even those not on the water, will have a community marina or boat ramp. Check out our Neighborhoods page for some more detailed info about some of Severna Park’s best-known communities.
Severna Park High School is consistently ranked among the top schools in the state of Maryland (current schooldigger.com ranking – 13), along with Severna Park Middle School (current schooldigger.com ranking – 2) and our 6 great Elementary Schools (5 of 6 ranked by schooldigger.com in the top 13 in the state), each of which is a blue ribbon school. The new state-of-the-art Severna Park High School is currently under construction and slated for opening in 2017, ensuring that Severna Park will remain one of the state’s top school districts for many years to come!
While the academic success of Severna Park’s schools is clear, Severna Park High also has immensely successful sports teams with numerous state championship titles and has a strong reputation for theater and music, with the annual production of Rock’n Roll Revival typically selling out all 8 performances.
Severna Park is also home to several private schools, most notably the Severn School, the oldest and largest private school in Anne Arundel County which boast an average class size of 14, a student to teacher ratio of 10-1 and a 100% college matriculation rate.
The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail is a 13.3 mile paved trail starting in Glen Burnie and passing through Pasadena, Severna Park and Arnold, ending in Annapolis. The trail follows a former rail line that terminated service in 1968 and is crowded with joggers, walkers and bikers on nice days throughout the year. Most of the neighborhoods adjacent to the trail and even some houses have entry points to access the trail making it easily accessible to most Severna Park residents. The trail is highlighted by many historic markers and the NASA-sponsored Planet Walk. Each spring the trail hosts the popular B&A Trail Marathon and Half-Marathon.
In no small part, the dominance of Severna Park High School’s sports programs derives from the youth program of the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association, the Green Hornets. More than 5,000 children and 600 volunteers participate each year to get kids involved in their eleven sports at varying levels of competition. More info can be found here greenhornets.org, but remember to sign up early as leagues are extremely popular and fill up fast!
While Severna Park is known much more for its waterfront neighborhoods than its retail, there are many major national retail stores and restaurants along the Route 2 corridor, and local residents are excited for the recent ground-breaking on the construction of the new Harris Teeter-anchored Magothy Gateway retail center.
Local residents love the B&A retail corridor which backs up to the B&A Trail and as such is easily accessible by bike or foot from many Severna Park neighborhoods. Some local favorite retailers in this stretch include The Big Bean, a local coffee shop with tables in the shade along the B&A trail, Diehl’s Produce Farmstand, Savvy Consignment, kids’ favorites Froyo House and Rita’s, and several great sit-down and carryout restaurants. Find out more about Severna Park’s favorites, as voted by the readers of the Severna Park Voice, here http://www.severnaparkvoice.com/community/and-winners-2015-best-severna-park-are.
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