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02.07.12 Centennial Park Pathway Improvements to Begin

February 7, 2012

Media Contact: Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
John Marshall, Chief, Bureau of Parks, Dept. of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-1081


Centennial Park Pathway Improvements to Begin

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – A construction project to replace sections of the four mile pathway system surrounding Centennial Lake in the 325 acre Centennial Park is expected to begin this week. Over the course of the popular park’s 25-year history, certain sections of the path have been prone to standing water due to drainage issues. Those drainage issues have resulted in areas of deterioration and made it more difficult, at times, for bikers, runners and walkers to navigate the path.

“I love Centennial Park. It’s Howard County’s most popular park and hosts over a million visitors each year. As we get ready to celebrate Centennial Park’s 25 years of service to our community, I am pleased we can continue to make the improvements that make it such a showplace,” said Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

The project involves the resurfacing and, in some areas, elevation and resurfacing of the path. Erosion issues along the lake’s edge will be controlled through the installation of swales and drainage pipes to divert water run-off. The improvements are designed to eliminate areas of free standing water and the risk of icy buildup and deterioration. The two sections of the pathway system to be improved include an area in the west area of the park below the basketball courts and a section located between the west and north areas of the park.

Signage will be in place in all parking areas alerting park guests to the construction project and indicating areas of the path that are currently closed. Signs will also be in place at each area along the pathway where construction is taking place. Wherever possible, detour signs will offer an alternate route to get around the construction; however, in some areas of the park, that will not be possible and bikers, runners and walkers will need to turn around and alter their course of travel.

Closure times in different areas of the park will vary based on scope of the project and weather conditions. The entire Centennial Lake path improvement project is expected to be complete by March 1. For questions or concerns about this project, contact Steve Schwarzman, Centennial Park Manager, at 410-313-7271 or by e-mail to sschwarzman@howardcountymd.gov.


Centennial Park Pathway Construction Map