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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

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Fall Registration is Open.
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Guides: Fall 2014 | Winter 2015
2014 Calendar of Events at Parks

Robinson NatureSphere 

Weekend Planner, December 19-21: Looking for something to do this weekend? Head out to Robinson Nature Center for a NatureSphere show or other fun activity. Want to play some hoops? The Roger Carter Community Center is hosting a 3-on-3 tournament on Saturday. Click here for a full listing of what's going on this weekend.

Public Testimony on FY16 Capital Budget: Public comment on the Department's "Draft" Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Budget and the "Draft" Fiscal Year 2017-2025 Capital Budget Improvement Program for the acquisition and development of park and recreation lands is open until December 31. Click here for more information, to offer comment.

Trail Use Survey: Do you use the trails in Howard County? We are seeking information on your experiences on unpaved trails at county parks. Please fill out our short, six-question survey, to help us better meet your needs: Trail Use Survey 

Cedar Lane Park East Water Main Break (10/27): Due to a water main break, a 50-foot section of the trail near the tennis courts will be closed until further notice. The restrooms at Cedar Lane East will also be closed until further notice. We will have 2 spot-a-pot units in place until the restrooms reopen.

Managed Deer Hunts 2014-2015: Click here for the 2014-2015 managed deer hunt schedule at county parks.

Tell HoCo 

Tell HoCo allows County residents and visitors the ability to report non-emergency problems – such as potholes, graffiti, downed tree limbs on County property and traffic signal issues – to the appropriate county government representative, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Click the icon to Tell HoCo!

Centennial Boat Rentals are now closed for the season and will reopen in mid-April 2015. For more information, visit the boat rental page.


Park Improvements (11/13 update): Click here for an up-to-date list of park projects, including construction, improvements and closures. Now includes Alpha Ridge, Holiday Hills, Centennial, Cypressmede and Western Regional Parks.

FY2014 Annual Report: Click here to view the FY2014 annual report for Howard County Recreation & Parks.

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Mailing Address (Headquarters):
Howard County Recreation and Parks
7120 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046-1677

Activity Registration: 
410-313-PARK (7275)
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