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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
1/7/2014 - 01.07.14 Howard County Seeks Nominees for Annual “Community Sports Hall of Fame” READ MORE
12/20/2013 - 12.20.13 Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Solicits Public Comment on Revised Athletic Field Upgrades Proposed For East Columbia Library Park Site READ MORE
5/10/2013 - 05.10.13 Only Howard County Cricket Field to Host First Match at Renovated Schooley Mill Park READ MORE
3/29/2013 - 03.28.13 Nomination Deadline Approaching for Annual “Community Sports Hall of Fame” READ MORE
4/19/2012 - 04.19.12 Student Member Wanted for Recreation & Parks Advisory Board READ MORE

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Kids Fest 

Weekend Planner, April 18-20: Looking for something to do this weekend? Head out to Kids Fest at Meadowbrook Park for sports, games, crafts, food and more! You can also check out one of several cool programs at Robinson Nature Center. Click here for a full listing of what's going on this weekend.

Schooley Mill Tennis Court Renovations: The tennis courts at Schooley Mill Park will be closed beginning March 28 for renovations. The courts will be resurfaced and new nets and fencing will be installed.

Summer Employment: For summer employment opportunities with Howard County Recreation & Parks, including camp counselor positions, click here.

Macy's Heart Your Park Fundraising Program: Blandair Regional Park has been chosen among 550 parks nationwide to participate in Macy’s “Heart Your Park” fundraising program this spring. Click here for more information.

Centennial Park Upgrades: Starting in January, Centennial Park will undergo upgrades in the west and south areas. Click here for more information.

Alpha Ridge Park Additions:  Construction at Alpha Ridge Park has begun.  The improvements include a new restroom facility, telescope observatory building and additional parking.  Click here to see the areas that will be temporarily closed for the improvements.  Access to the hockey rinks and tennis courts is now from the pathway that extends from the parking lot located near the pavilion (the first parking lot on your left after you proceed on the entrance road from MD. Route 99/Old Frederick Road).

FY2013 Annual Report: Click here to view the FY2013 annual report for Howard County Recreation & Parks.

2014 Camp Guide 

2014 Camp Guide: Flip through our largest camp guide yet and search more than 250 camps offered this summer! Online registration opens for county residents on February 5 at 6 PM. Click here to view the 2014 Camp Guide.

Playground Update: The playgrounds at Atholton Park in Columbia and Cedar Villa Heights Park in Jessup are being renovated. Contractors are currently renovating all pathways that lead to the newly replaced playground and swing areas. Minor parking lot patches and curb replacements are also scheduled. They are anticipating completion by the end of April pending any other weather events. The park will remain open to the public.

Roger Carter Community Center 

Roger Carter Community Center: The recently opened community center is located at 3000 Milltowne Drive (formerly Mt. Ida Drive) in Ellicott City. Click here for more information.

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