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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
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

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Guides: Fall 2014 | 2014 Calendar of Events at Parks

Haunted Experience 

Weekend Planner, October 31-November 2: Looking for something to do this weekend? The Weekend Planner is jam-packed with events for all ages, including Halloween trick-or-treating, a nature walk, Robinson Nature Center activities, the teen Zombie Bash and more! Click here for a full listing of what's going on this weekend.

Family Volunteer Day: Join family and friends at the 14th Annual Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 1 from 9 AM-noon. Spend quality time together and teach children about caring for their community and environment as you help beautify local parks and historic sites. Bring a canned good or paper product for distribution to the Howard County Food Bank. Click here for more information.

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.

Free HCYP Basketball Clinic, November 16: Join Basketball Hall of Fame member Morgan Wootten and longtime area coach Joe Wootten for the 25th annual HCYP Basketball Clinic at Long Reach High School. Boys and girls from 1st-12th grade welcome. Visit www.hcyp.org for more information and to register.

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 (10/30 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.

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

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Howard County Recreation and Parks
7120 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046-1677

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