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Statement regarding survey for access road from Belmont Manor & Historic Park to Landing Road (3/23/15):
When Howard County acquired the Belmont property, a deeded easement was included for an alternate access road to Landing Road. In order to determine whether the easement route would be feasible, the County had it surveyed so we could walk it and determine what the physical and logistical issues might be. At this time, we have not completed a full, formal analysis of the impact; performed a traffic study; requested any funding to pursue this effort; or finalized a time line. We intend to manage the property under the existing access parameters until we have a sense of whether we actually need an alternate access road. If we determine that we do, we will then request funding for the analysis and planning that all new capital projects require, including public hearings.
-John R. Byrd, Director, Howard County Recreation & Parks

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.

MRPA Awards 

Department honored by MRPA: Howard County Recreation & Parks received four awards for the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association at its April conference. Click here to read more.

Roger Carter Community Center Receives USGBC Award: Roger Carter Community Center has received the United States Green Building Council-Maryland Chapter's coveted Wintergreen Awars. The award recognizes achievement in green buildings and sustainable design. Click here to read more.

Best of Show 

2013 Rockburn Open Car Show Winners: Thanks to all who came to the 2013 Rockburn Open Car Show. Click here for the winners in the eight categories.


July 4th Photo Gallery: Thanks to all who came out to the Columbia Lakefront for the July 4th Festival and Fireworks. Click here to view a photo gallery from the night's festivities. We hope to see you next year!


2013 MRPA Awards: Howard County Recreation and Parks Staff and Volunteers Honored at MRPA Conference. Awards and recognition.

Spring Fishing Winner 

Spring Fishing Tournament Results: Congratulations to all the winners at the 2013 Spring Fishing Tournament! Pictured is Lloyd Williams from Relay, MD, who won 1st place in the adult bass division. Click here for a complete list of winners.


Jan. 15, 7 PM: The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Advisory Board will host a public meeting to present a proposed equestrian parking lot for park users who currently horseback ride at Benson Branch Park. Click here for more information.

 Capital Budget Cover 

Dec. 19, 7 PM: The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board will conduct a Public Hearing to consider the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Fiscal Year 2014 “Draft” Capital Budget. Click here for more information.


Dec. 8, 2-3 PM: Jump start your holiday season with seasonal crafts and decorating fun at the North Laurel Community Center's Deck the Halls Winter Workshop. Enjoy holiday music and refreshments at this first-time event for children 3-11 years old. Click here for more information.

Nov. 19-20: The Recreational Licensed Child Care and Community Services Division of Howard County Recreation and Parks would like to announce the 8th Annual Turkey Bowl Flag Football Tournament. The event will feature 18 elementary and middle school teams facing off in eight separate games.
Click here for more details.


Adopt-a-Road Clean-Up: Recreation & Parks adopted a one-mile stretch of Oakland Mills Road as part of the Adopt-a-Road Program. Eleven employees participated and picked up a total of 105 pounds of trash and recycled 35 pounds of the trash collected for their first clean-up event. Click here to view the photos on facebook.


Centennial Park Honored: Maryland Family Magazine honored Centennial Park as the "Best Park/Playground" in the 2012 Maryland Family Readers' Choice Awards. Meadowbrook Park was named the runner-up. Click here to view the award winners. Click here to learn more about Centennial Park.


October 1: The Howard County Council adopted the Land Preservation & Recreation Plan. Click here to view the adopted plan.


Roger Carter Community Center: Click here to view the renderings and floor plans for the new recreation center in Ellicott City to open in spring 2013.


Deer Management Operations: Click on the link below for day to day park closings by month. For more schedule information please visit www.howardcountymd.gov/DeerMgmtSchedule.htm.


October 13, 9 AM-noon: Howard County Recreation & Parks Director John Byrd invites the public to an open house at Belmont Manor and Historic Park. The Department will offer walking tours of the premises and light refreshments will be available.
Click here for more information or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/belmont.htm.

Maintenance: The Howard County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Highways will be performing maintenance to the storm water management pond located within Font Hill Wetlands Park along Font Hill Drive. This routine maintenance is necessary to restore the functionality of the forebay which has filled with silt and vegetation. In addition, the southern slope of the pond will have its original design contour reestablished. Work is scheduled to begin in October. For more information, contact Brenda Belensky, Natural Resource Manager at 410-313-4724 or bbelensky@howardcountymd.gov.


August 18, Noon-4 PM: The Rockburn Open Car Show is an exciting event that celebrates the beauty of classic, antique, hot rods and modified cars. The show is open to the public and admission is free. Click here for more information.


National Night Out: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Howard County Police hosted its National Night Out event on August 7 at North Laurel Park. Click here to view a photo gallery.


July is Recreation and Parks Month: Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Recreation and Parks Month. This July we are encouraging you and your community to GET WILD about recreation and parks! Click here for a schedule of events and giveaways.


July 10: Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks (DRP) is proud to announce its 2012 Community Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Click here to read the press release.


Camp of the Week, Jump-N-Art: At this one-of-a-kind camp, kids spend time exploring their inner artists, laughing, playing games and bouncing on state-of-the-art inflatables! Click here for more information.


Camp of the Week, June 13: Conquer the art of first impressions and dress for success. Learn the language of conversation and eye contact. Nail the resume and interview. Overcome fear of public speaking. Eat without grossing people out. All this in one week. Presented by The International School of Protocol, the leader in etiquette and protocol consulting. Click here to learn more.

June 28 & 29: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources seeks input on the future of Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park. It will accept input online and at two open houses: June 28 from 2-8 PM and June 29 from 9 AM-4 PM at the Catonsville Public Library at 1100 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Click here for more information.


June 20: On Wednesday, at 7:30 PM, Recreation & Parks Advisory Board Solicits Public Comment on Proposed Parking Lot at Haviland Mill Park and Proposal to Modify Existing Multi-Use Fields for More Multi-Use Events in Schooley Mill Park. Click here for more information.


The Rockburn Skills Park hosted its grand opening on June 2. Click here for photos from the event (photos by Brian Rayford) and click here to watch an interview with Director John R. Byrd at the ceremony.


We hope you had a great time at Wine in the Woods this year! Please help us make this event even better by completing our short survey. Your feedback is important to us -- click here to take the survey. Thanks!


June 2, 10 AM: You are invited to join County Executive Ken Ulman and Recreation and Parks Director John R. Byrd for the grand opening of the Rockburn Park Skills Course. For more information, click here.


May 30: Howard County has purchased historic Belmont in Elkridge from Howard Community College. Belmont consists of a manor home, a carriage house, a cottage, a large barn, tennis courts and a pool on 80 acres. Click here to read the press release.

May 23: A few spots remain for a new section of Let’s Go Fishing, starting Wednesday, May 23! This beginner parent/child fishing class is a great way to spend quality family time together while learning a lifelong outdoor skill! All equipment and bait provided – no experience necessary. Click here to register.


Camps of the Week, May 14: Space is open in two new and exciting summer camps at Robinson Nature Center. The Eco-Power Mini-Camp and Solar System Searches Mini-Camp are small-enrollment camps where you can cook nachos using a solar oven and explore space in a state-of-the-art full-dome NatureSphere. Click here to learn more.


May 19 - 20: Wine in the Woods, Howard County's annual celebration of local wine, food, arts and entertainment, returns for its 20th year. Click here for more, including a schedule of events and ticket information.


May 10: The Baltimore Touchdown Club honored Recreation and Parks employee Michael Milani with its Service to Football Award. Milani leads a division that organizes and promotes youth football in the county. His leagues provide coaching, equipment and facilities for thousands of young athletes. Click here to read the PDF press release.

April 24: Several Howard County Recreation and Parks employees and volunteers were honored for their work with children at the 13th annual “Celebrating Successes for Children” ceremony. Click here to read the press release (PDF).

April 24: Click here to view the 2012 Draft Land Preservation, Recreation and Parks Plan

April 24 - May 21: Worthington Off-Leash Dog Park small dog area is closed for repairs. Patrons may use either the upper area or large lower area.


April 19: The Howard County GreenFest on Saturday, April 14, attracted a record crowd and gathered more than two tons of recyclable material. Click here to read more.


April 4: Howard County Recreation and Parks Honored at MRPA Conference. Awards and recognition.

April 3: Howard County has been named the healthiest county in Maryland for the 3rd year. For more ways and ideas to live a healthy and active lifestyle, see www.hchealth.org.


March 30: Howard County Recreation & Parks Recognized for Excellence in Operations.
PDF press release