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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
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

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2014 Calendar of Events at Parks 


Dunloggin Area Bridge Work Nearing Completion: Two of the three Dunloggin bridges have been completed. All bridges will remain open while the re-decking takes place.Click here to see a map of the area.


Park Improvements: Click here for an up-to-date list of park projects, including construction, improvements and closures.

Bears and Wildlife Precautions: The spring and early summer are a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the sounds and sights nature has to offer, but also be vigilant of bears and other wildlife. Click here for more information.

Holiday Hills Park Construction (7/2 update): The playground at Holiday Hills Park is temporarily closed for construction but we have opened a small portion of the playground in the interim until the new equipment and rubber can be installed. We have removed the two spring toys and patched the rubber at their bases. The 2-5 year old playground unit and the 2-5 year old swings have been reopened. The Boardwalk is now open!

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

Alpha Ridge Park Additions (7/1): Construction at Alpha Ridge Park continues. 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.

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

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