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11/18/2014 - 11.18.14 County Executive Ken Ulman Announces that Playing Fields at Blandair Park Now Named for Delegate Frank Turner READ MORE
9/27/2014 - 09.27.14 Executive Ulman Opens Troy Park at Elkridge, Howard County’s Eighth Regional Park READ MORE
9/26/2014 - 09.26.14 Executive Ulman to Open Howard County’s Eighth Regional Park – Troy Park at Elkridge READ MORE
9/24/2014 - 09.24.14 Executive Ulman Leads Preview Tour of Troy Park at Elkridge – Howard County’s Eighth Regional Park READ MORE
9/23/2014 - 09.23.14 Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Deer Management Program for 2014-2015 READ MORE
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

Parks and Program Services

The Parks and Program Services Bureau oversees over 10,000 acres of land within the County. We manage, protect and enhance the natural resources on all county-owned parkland in a way that both conserves ecological integrity and provides opportunities for recreation and educational use. This bureau also offers its citizens regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring.

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Parks, Playgrounds, Trails and Historic sites  Natural Resources Division 
Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Environments  Horticulture and Land Management Division 
Centers, Facilities and Rentals  Reports and Publication  
Classes and Activities  Recreation and Administrative Services 
Camps 


We have trees on the Maryland and Howard County Champion Tree Lists.  Click here to see locations of these award-winning trees. To learn more about the champion trees contest and how to nominate a tree, visit the the Howard County Forest Conservancy website.

Click here to view our Parkland Rules and Regulations! The purpose of this subtitle is to establish regulations providing for the public's safe and peaceful use of county parks and park land; for recreational and educational benefit and enjoyment; and for the protection and preservation of the property, facilities and natural resources of the county. Park land and recreation programs conducted on park land are open for use by all members of the public regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability.