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12/4/2014 - 12.4.14 Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Additions to 2014-2015 Deer Management Program READ MORE
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

More About Recreation and Parks

When Forbes Magazine announced that Howard County had made its top-20 list of “Best Places to Raise a Family,” they mentioned outstanding parks and recreation programs. Not long after, Money Magazine also ranked Columbia and Ellicott City as one of their “Best Places to Live” and agreed that our open space, parks, lakes and recreational amenities helped earn our spot on the list.

The Howard County Recreation & Parks Department and our full-time and part-time staff of 688 dedicated individuals are proud of our role in enhancing the quality of life of our residents. We are responsible for the stewardship of 8,800 acres of public lands, the maintenance and operation of more than 56 parks, and we present over 5,000 recreation programs that were enjoyed by 106,000 participants in the past year alone. We also enjoyed the involvement of our many volunteers, community members who contributed some 249,658 hours of their time – the equivalent of $5,110,500 in wages and salaries.

Our parks have played host to local, regional and national events like the Columbia Triathlon, Iron Girl Triathlon, Cherrybration, and numerous sports tournaments. We also sponsored events like July 4th Fireworks, Sunset Serenades, Sunday in the Park and Wine in the Woods, which drew a crowd of over 21,000 this year.