Wilde Lake is one of the villages of Columbia, Maryland and within its bounds is the Slayton House, the current community center, which served as the hub of Columbia itself as the planned city began to grow in the 1970s. Slayton House takes its name from the first manager of the Columbia Association, John Slayton. Wilde Lake and its village namesake take their name from Frazar B. Wilde, a past chairman of the board of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, which was a primary investor in the Columbia project in 1963.
The Wilde Lake neighborhoods include Bryant Woods (named for William Cullen Bryant), Faulkner Ridge (named for William Faulkner), and Running Brook. Although it may seem like its own individual neighborhood, The Birches is part of Running Brook. The streets of Running Brook take their names from Robert Frost's poems and Aesop's Fables. The village of Wilde Lake can be found nestled just a little northwest of the Columbia Town Center.
This village is actually considered the historic district for the city of Columbia because the first development occurred here in 1967 when construction began for Slayton House, the pool, the tennis courts, and the village center for retail establishments. The first Columbia houses and apartments were built in the Wilde Lake’s Bryant Woods neighborhood, and all of the apartments have since been converted to condominiums except for those in the Berkshires.
Wilde Lake itself is a 22-acre man made reservoir surrounded by a walking path. The Columbia Association maintains the distinctive barn on the lake as well as the boathouse, playground, and picnic area. This village is also home to the Columbia Swim Center, still just as popular as when it was first opened. Visitors to the Swim Center have their choice of three indoor pools and a water slide known as Splashdown and beloved by young swimmers. Or conversely, there are outdoor pools in each neighborhood for summertime fun.
Slayton House contains a theater facility (Gene Weiss Room) that is equipped for stage plays, musical recitals, theater groups, or dance performances. The theater can accommodate up to 240 people and the stage is complete with dressing rooms, green room, a scene room with loading dock, and a technical director to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Wilde Lake has a friendly Interfaith Center in the village and the highly rated Wilde Lake High School, completely rebuilt in 1996, is regarded for its performing arts program (Edward Norton is a well-known graduate). Other schools in Wilde Lake for its young residents include Bryant Woods, Running Brook, and Faulkner Ridge elementary schools, as well as Wilde Lake Middle School.
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