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11/3/2015 - 11.3.15 Local high school students compete in 2nd annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ engineering competition READ MORE
9/2/2015 - 09.02.15 Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Deer Management Program for 2015-2016 READ MORE
7/21/2015 - 07.21.15 Executive Kittleman to open Howard Astronomical League Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE
7/10/2015 - 07.10.15 Howard County Champion Tree succumbs to Dutch elm disease at Belmont Manor and Historic Park READ MORE
7/6/2015 - 07.06.15 Executive Kittleman attends county camps to promote fitness and National Parks and Recreation Month READ MORE
7/1/2015 - 07.01.15 Howard County announces 2015 “Community Sports Hall of Fame” induction class READ MORE
6/25/2015 - 06.25.15 Executive Kittleman to open Howard Astronomical League Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE
4/22/2015 - 04.22.15 Robinson Nature Center to celebrate International Astronomy Day READ MORE
4/10/2015 - 04.10.15 Executive Kittleman officially opens Belmont Manor & Historic Park READ MORE
3/11/2015 - 03.11.15 Howard County Robinson Nature Center celebrates Anne Robinson’s 100th birthday READ MORE

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2015 Calendar of Events at Parks


Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the Department's "Draft" Fiscal Year 2017 Capital Budget and the "Draft" Fiscal Year 2017-2025 Capital Budget Improvement Program for the acquisition and development of park and recreation lands. Click here for more information and to sign up. 

Holiday Mart Coupon 

Holiday Mart: Click here to print a $1 off coupon for entry into the 43rd annual Holiday Mart at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center on December 5. Join more than 100 juried crafters and artisans and find that perfect holiday gift! For more information on Holiday Mart, click here.

Patuxent Branch Trail Surface Upgrade:This project, expected to begin in the spring/summer of 2018, will upgrade the surface of the currently unpaved portion of the Patuxent Branch Trail to bring it up to the same quality as the rest of the trail. Click here for more information.

Statement from Recreation & Parks Director regarding survey for access road from Belmont Manor & Historic Park to Landing Road (3/23/15) 

Judy Center 

Outstanding Partner: The Judy Center at Cradlerock named Howard County Recreation & Parks an Outstanding Partner for providing a variety of enriching programming for preschool children and their parents at the Center. Click to read the press release and view a photo gallery.

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!


Park Improvements (11/24 update): Click here for an up-to-date list of park projects, including construction, improvements and closures. Now includes Alpha Ridge, Centennial, Cypressmede and Western Regional Parks and Robinson Nature Center.

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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