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9/6/2014 - 09.06.14 South Branch Park Set to Open in Sykesville READ MORE
9/5/2014 - Howard County Government and Town of Sykesville to Open South Branch Park Playground READ MORE
7/1/2014 - 07.01.14 Howard County Announces 2014 “Community Sports Hall of Fame” Induction Class READ MORE
6/17/2014 - 06.17.14 Howard County Recreation & Parks Opens Renovated Tennis Courts at Centennial Park READ MORE
6/16/2014 - 06.16.14 Howard County Recreation & Parks to Open Renovated Tennis Courts at Centennial Park READ MORE
3/6/2014 - 03.07.14 Howard County’s Blandair Park Joins Macy’s Nationwide “Heart Your Park” Fundraising Program READ MORE
2/20/2014 - 02.20.14 Howard County Recreation & Parks Now Offers Online Sign-Up for Stream ReLeaf Program READ MORE
2/11/2014 - 02.11.14 Department of Recreation & Parks Donates Venison to Local Food Bank Serving Howard County Families READ MORE
1/30/2014 - 01.30.14 Howard County Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Target Archery Range at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE
1/16/2014 - 01.16.14 Howard County’s Robinson Nature Center Now Offering Oyster Shell Recycling Program READ MORE

Howard County Parks

Bears and Wildlife Precautions: The spring and early summer are a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the sounds and sights nature has to offer, but also be vigilant of bears and other wildlife. Click here for more information.

Howard County offers its citizens regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring. Nearly all Howard County public parks have playground areas, but we also have several stand-alone playgrounds that are not located within a traditional park. We also have an off-leash area at Worthington Park for the enjoyment of four-legged citizens accompanied by their owners.

Park Location Map (PDF) (Click here to see locations of all Howard County Parks) 
click here for our County GIS Interactive Map 

Park Amenities Chart (PDF) 
For written directions to our Parks Click here than click on the Recreation and Parks tab

Parks, Trails and Playgrounds   

Alpha Ridge ParkProgram Open Space  Lisbon Park  
Atholton ParkProgram Open Space  Martin Road Park  
Belmont Manor and Historic Park  Meadowbrook Park  
Blandair Regional ParkProgram Open Space  Middle Patuxent Environmental Area  
Cedar Villa Heights Park  North Laurel Park Program Open Space 
Cedar Lane Park  Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park  
Centennial ParkProgram Open Space  Patuxent Branch Trail  
Clark's Glen Playground  Pleasant Chase Playground  
Cypressmede Park  Poplar Springs Park  
David Force Natural Resource AreaProgram Open Space  Rockburn Branch Park Program Open Space 
Dayton Oaks Park  Savage Park Program Open Space 
Dickinson Park  Schooley Mill Park Program Open Space 
East Columbia Library Park  Sewells Orchard Park  
Font Hill Wetlands ParkProgram Open Space  Tiber Park  
Governors Run Playground   Warfield Pond Park Program Open Space 
Guilford Park    Waterloo Park Program Open Space 
Hammond Park  Program Open Space  Western Regional Park Program Open Space 
Harwood Park    West Friendship Park Program Open Space 
High Ridge Park  Program Open Space  Willowwood Playground  
Holiday Hills Park  Program Open Space  Wincopin Trails  
Huntington Park    Worthington Park (Dog Park)  
  Wyndemere Playground  

Program Open Space = Parks funded in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Grants.

Are you aware that Howard County has a number of sites designated as natural resource areas? These are sites where no sports or organized athletic activities are allowed. They were set aside for the purpose of protecting and conserving the natural resources and are there for the enjoyment of those who take pleasure in passive recreational activities such as walking/hiking, bird watching, plant and animal identification, photography, etc. They all feature walking paths or trails and offer a broad variety of habitats and ecosystems for your viewing pleasure. None of the natural resource areas have restroom facilities.   

Please read over our parkland rules and regulations before visiting (click the link) Parkland Rules and Regulations  

To report a park violation, call 410-313-DIRT (3478) or email to: Tony Tanner or Kevin Vest, If you need emergency assistance, dial 911.