Carroll Creek Park


Founded in 2012 by two dedicated community-conscious Frederick residents, Dr Pete Kremers and Lisa Collins, Color on the Creek is a not-for-profit organization, which aims at solving the algae problem by positioning aquatic plants along Carroll Creek. Learn more about the work of this great organization at Color on the Creek 

Since 2013, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek has supported Color on the Creek through countless volunteer hours planting, trimming, and cleaning aquatic plants. To view pictures of the Rotarian volunteers in action over the last seven years, click Rotary Club of Carroll Creek in Action


In 2016, stemming from the effort of Dr Pete Kremers and local craftsman extraordinaire Kyle Thomas, Color on the Creek introduced Sailing through the Winter Solstice with the vision that renovated holiday-decorated sailboats would illuminate and beautify Carroll Creek during the winter season. Well, when winter comes every year, so do the boats! Check out the 2018 fleet!

Since 2017, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek has participated in Sailing through the Winter Solstice with its own renovated sailboat, Carroll Creek Clipper, and through volunteer hours has helped launch and remove other sailboats from the creek. For more information, click on Carroll Creek Clipper 


Amplifying the impact of Color on the Creek and Sailing through the Winter Solstice, Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is a project initiated and managed by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.


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Kinetic art is most commonly a sculpture that interacts with nature to create movement. Wind is the most common element of nature but water could be another. The interaction with nature enhances the beauty of the artwork.

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Examples of kinetic art sculptures from national and international artists. From top left and clockwise, Anthony Howe, Will Carr, Phil Price, Lyman Whitaker, from the Gernot Huber Foundation in Ramelsloh Germany, John King 


Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade (CCKAP) will add to the vitality and beautification of Downtown Frederick by offering residents and organizations the opportunity to sponsor regional artisans / creators of kinetic art sculptures and display their artwork in the middle of Carroll Creek from March through November, starting in 2020.

Downtown Carroll Creek Linear Park is especially suitable for such an installation. Its west-to-east corridor funnels a generous passage of wind, its waters offer desirable color and light reflection, and its promenade provides a relaxing and contemplative oasis where people meet.

Over time, CCKAP could easily pave the way for permanent displays throughout the City of Frederick and County as public awareness is established, and it could also stimulate the development of a regional mini cottage industry for kinetic art sculptures.

Let art perform and do what it does best: Bring people together!



CCKAP's logo symbolizes a blend of water and wind in circular motion over a promenade.

Thanks to Rotarian Catherine Randazzo for originating it, and to the team at Postern for formalizing it! 



On May 14, 2019, the City of Frederick’s Public Art Commission enthusiastically approved the Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade project, and the display of kinetic sculptures in the creek, and expressed the desire to approve each design before it is fabricated.

On July 9, 2019, the City of Frederick’s Parks & Recreation unanimously approved the Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade project and the usage of the creek to display kinetic sculptures.

On October 8, 2019, the City of Frederick's Public Art Commission approved the designs for three kinetic sculptures. 



Sponsors inspired by artistic designs, team up with regional artisans, commision the creation of kinetic art sculptures, display them in Carroll Creek during the event, and retain ownership of the sculptures.

At the start and end of each season beginning in 2020, CCKAP will assist participants in positioning and removing their kinetic art sculptures, which will be inserted into a standardized metal stand (Pyramid) solidly anchored in the creek to withstand the elements. See Section 14 below.

CCKAP will charge a $500 Display Fee per kinetic art sculpture to cover incidental expenses related to the event and for the usage of the Pyramid.



For durability purposes, the kinetic art sculptures could be made of metal, hardwood or hard plastic, measure up to a maximum of 10 feet in height, and be inspired by themes such as flowers, animals, birds, insects, characters, sport and artistic scenes, trees, stars, etc. Bright colors are encouraged to enhance visibility from the pedestrian walkway, and the emphasis is on creativity and aesthetics, and not necessarily on size.

CCKAP will coordinate the selected themes to avoid duplication, thus ensuring original expression and diversity. Solar panel lighting are encouraged to provide around the clock enjoyment. Only minimal visual commercial branding or identity recognition is allowed.

Depending on its intricacies, size and chosen materials, the cost of a typical kinetic art sculpture could range between $5,000 and $15,000, or more if desired.

To view video examples of kinetic art sculptures, please click on Kinetic art sculptures 



CCKAP invites regional artisans living within 80 miles of Frederick to submit their designs for kinetic art sculptures.

The submitted designs will be reviewed by CCKAP's Artistic Review Committee before they are presented to the Frederick Art Commission for final approvals.

CCKAP will use its best efforts to identify sponsors for kinetic art sculptures and encourages artisans to actively search for sponsors as well.

To submit a design and download an application, please click on  CCKAP - Application - Submit a Design for a Kinetic Art Sculpture.pdf



Sponsors may be individuals, groups of individuals, organizations, or businesses interested in sponsoring regional artisans.

Whether you have an regional artisan in mind or are looking for one, CCKAP invites interested sponsors to contact us to discuss your plans by communicating with Bernard Gouin, Chair of the Carroll Creek Committee.

If the design of your sponsored regional artisan has been approved and you are ready to display her/his kinetic art sculpture in Carroll Creek, please download an application by clicking on CCKAP - Application - Display a Kinetic Art Sculpture in Carroll Creek.pdf



On July 1, 2019, the Ausherman Family Foundation launched a RFP which generated several proposals from regional artisans.

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 "Our Foundation wants to empower the passion for change in Frederick County, and we're happy to collaborate with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek in launching such innovative project as Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade" stated Marvin Ausherman, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Ausherman Family Foundation.

 The Ausherman Family Foundation has decided to sponsor the team of Margot de Messieres & Tsvetomir Naydenov in 2020. For information about the Foundation, please click on The Ausherman Family Foundation  


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"Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is a worthy community project that will make a difference in Frederick, and we're happy to be part of it" stated Matt McGreevy, leader of The Hendrickson Group at Morgan Stanley.

The Hendrickson Group will sponsor the artwork of Thomas Sterner in 2020. For information about the group, please click on The Hendrickson Group


"Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade perfectly meets our objective to artistically beautify Frederick, and we're delighted to encourage a fine local artist" said Ann and Ric Adams.

The Adams Family Fund is a long established fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County, and it will sponsor the artwork of Erin Aylor in 2020.



CCKAP is grateful for the generous contributions of the following partners.

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Thanks to The Canam Group for its invaluable assistance in calculating the various forces at play, fine-tuning the original design, and detailing the Pyramid! See Section 14 below.

"We're pleased to contribute our expertise in laying the foundation for Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade" said Marcel Dutil, Chairman of the Board of The Canam Group. For information about the company, please click on The Canam Group


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Thanks to EDCO which has offered to fabricate and donate the first three Pyramids! See Section 14 below.

"Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is a promising and vibrant community initiative, and we're thrilled to help" said Bill Harding, Co-Owner of EDCO. For information about the company, please click on EDCO

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Thanks to Rotarian Emily Dorr and her team at Postern, namely Michaella Currie, for formalizing our logo!

"Our team was happy to contribute to the branding phase of Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade" said Emily Dorr, Owner and Creative Director at Postern. For information about the company, please click on Postern 


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Thanks to Rotarian Mary Kate McKenna for being Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade's official photographer and visually chronicling our project through its multiple phases!

 "I am excited to be part of this unique adventure" stated Mary Kate McKenna. For information about her company, please click on Mary Kate McKenna


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Thanks to Rotarian Darrell Guyton at Morgan Keller Construction who has offered to cover the crane costs associated with the installation of the Pyramids and kinetic sculptures in 2020!

"We feel Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is a vital project for Downtown Frederick and we're proud to participate in making it happen" said Darrel Guyton, VP Specialty Contracts at Morgan Keller Construction. For information about the company, please click on Morgan Keller


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Thanks to Rotarian Steve Heine at Woodsboro Bank who has offered to cover the development costs of our future website, which will be launched by mid December!

"We are thrilled to partner with Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade in adding energy, vibrancy, and beauty to Downtown Frederick" stated Steve Heine, President and CEO of Woosboro Bank. For information about the bank, please click on Woodsboro Bank


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Thanks to the City of Frederick for the invaluable support from its Parks and Recreation Department, and for the encouraging review process from its Public Art Commission.

“The City of Frederick is happy to support Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade in its mission to add to the vitality and beautification of Downtown Frederick” stated Bob Smith, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation.


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Thanks to Rotarian Peter Fitzpatrick at Weaver & Fitzpatrick, PA for his judicious "Pro Bono" legal counsel!

"We're happy to bring our expertise to bear and support such an exciting community project as Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade" said Peter Fitzpatrick, Partner at Weaver & Fitzpatrick, PA. For information about the firm, please click on Weaver & Fitzpatrick


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Thanks to Rotarian Jean-Louis Lepage at Custom Imprints for his support in recognizing Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade's participants!

"Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is a creative and unique community project, and we are proud to contribute to it" said Jean-Louis Lepage, Owner of Custom Imprints. For information about the company, please click on Custom Imprints



The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek manages CCKAP through three committees, namely:

a. Carroll Creek Committee (Manages the whole project)

Members: Rotarians Neil Fay, Bernard Gouin (Chair), Catherine Randazzo, Jim Reinsch, Linda Roth

 b. Artistic Review Committee (Reviews submitted kinetic art sculptures’ designs)

Members: Rotarian Tammy O’Connor (Chair), Community residents Yemi Fagbohun, Sarah Hempel Irani, Wendell Poindexter, Yvonne Reinsch

 c. Installation Committee (Manages installation process)

 Members: Rotarians Ted Gregory, Darrell Guyton, Mike Pilch



a. Share the news about Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade with family and friends

b. Be a “match maker” and link potential sponsors with interested regional artisans

c. Sponsor or co-sponsor a regional artisan

d. Design and fabricate your own kinetic art sculpture

e. Join the Installation Committee and be in the center of the action                         



Week of Jan 27, 2020           Fabrication of pyramids is completed

Week of Feb 17, 2020             Fabrication of kinetic sculptures is completed

Week of March 9, 2020            Pyramids are installed in Carroll Creek

Wednesday March 18, 2020     Kinetic sculptures are installed in Carroll Creek

Thurday, March 26, 2020         Official launching ceremony

Week of November 9, 2020      Kinetic sculptures are removed from Carroll Creek



Rotary Club of Carroll Creek's point of contact for Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade is Bernard Gouin, Chair of the Carroll Creek Committee.

We welcome your comments and suggestions, and invite you to let us know if you want to be added to our emailing list.



a. Description The Pyramid is a freestanding, submerged, metal structure, with a 5-foot vertical central cylinder (6" x 0.188" OD) with a detachable upper 18-inch portion, and supported by four angled braces welded to a 5’x5’x1/2” bottom metal plate sitting on the floor of the creek, which bottom metal plate is framed by 18-inch high lateral plates to form the bottom caisson.

Below the metal plate, five 3.5 foot angles are welded to the surface to reinforce the base of the Pyramid, and provide sufficient grounding to counter possible slippage.

The Pyramid weighs approximately 1,360 pounds.

A kinetic art sculpture’s main post will slide into the Pyramid’s central cylinder, and the final vertical adjustments will be made from pressure applied to the sculpture’s main post by bolts located around the top of the Pyramid's central cylinder, and above the water level.

b. Wind loads and uplift forces The Pyramid is designed to withstand winds of up to 90 miles per hour, and also factors a 1.4 safety margin, in accordance with the International Building Code.

The uplift tolerance of the Pyramid assumes a kinetic sculpture featuring a 30 square foot area exposed to the wind and standing up to 10 feet above water, and is derived from the combined weight of the Pyramid and of the water contained in half of the bottom caisson times the eccentricity of the Pyramid. 

 c.  Design 

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