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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

Fields, Courts and Facilities Rentals

Centennial Park pavilion; Blandair Park; Patapsco Female Institute

Fields & Courts | Historical Venues | Indoor Sports Arena | Meeting Rooms | Outdoor Pool | Park Pavilions | Performing Arts Venues | Social Events Venues

Facilities and Pavilions Guide Cover 

NEW! A guide that includes all facility and pavilion rentals available through Howard County Recreation & Parks. Find a pavilion for a family or company outing or an indoor facility for your next meeting or birthday. Click the image to the left to view the PDF of the Facility, Pavilion & Historic Sites Rental Guide. Hard copies will be available at community and recreation centers and Recreation & Parks headquarters. 

General Information
Howard County Recreation & Parks offers a diverse assortment of facilities available to rent -- everything from historical structures to a zero entry pool. We pride ourselves on keeping these venues in quality condition and have made every effort to insure that the permitting process is as simple and quick as possible. You can click here to see our Facility Locator Map.

Facilities can be reserved up to one year in advance and many are in high demand. Requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. While we make every effort to accommodate all requests, we must receive your signed and dated application and payment by the due date, or we will have to reject your reservation and give others the opportunity to reserve that date. Permit requests made less than two weeks from date of use must be made in person.

When you make your reservation, we will need to know:

  • Which facility you wish to rent.
  • Name, address and telephone number of responsible party.
  • Name of party/group - either your last name or the name of the sponsoring business, organization or church, etc.
  • Attendance - indicate the maximum number of people expected. Attendance cannot exceed the seating capacity of the venue.

Make checks or money orders payable to Howard County, Director of Finance. All fees are non-refundable.  

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and will be held responsible for their guests at the planned event.

If at the time of your arrival, someone is using a facility you reserved, show them your receipt; if necessary, call Central Communications at 410-313-2929 to page the On-Call Supervisor. Be sure to have your receipt with you.


Fields & Courts (Back to top)
How to rent: Call 410-313-4626 or fill out the reservation request form HERE
Softball/baseball and multi-purpose fields (grass and artificial turf) are available by permit only. Preference is given to sports leagues and community groups. There are reservation, light and tournament fees. Click HERE for more information and a list of fields and courts by park.


Historical Venues (Back to top)
How to rent: Call Jacquelyn Galke at 410-313-5131 or jgalke@howardcountymd.gov
Historic venues are places that are recognized for their importance in Howard County history. Through their association with an event, a person, a place, or the built heritage, historic sites provide a tangible link with the past. They are part of Howard County's heritage and contribute to define its identity.
Historical venues available for rent: Patapsco Female Institute | Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse | Waverly Mansion 


Indoor Sports Arena (Back to top)
How to rent: Call 410-313-1163
The Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, located just off Rt. 100 in Ellicott City, offers space for basketball, volleyball, badminton, jump rope, and more. Click HERE for more details.


Meeting Rooms (Back to top)
How to rent: Call 410-313-4840 for the Gary J. Arthur Community Center; 410-313-0400 for Robinson Nature Center; 410-313-5131 for Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse; 410-313-4682 for the Schooley Mill Park Indoor Facility
Our meeting places include historical structures as well as modern community and recreation centers.
Meeting rooms available for rent: Gary J. Arthur Community Center | Robinson Nature Center | Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse | Schooley Mill Park Indoor Facility 


Outdoor Pool (Back to top)
How to rent: Call 410-313-2765
The Roger Carter Recreation Center in Ellicott City features a zero-entry, 25-meter outdoor pool, diving well, wading pool, sunbathing deck, concession stand, indoor and outdoor shower facilities and a pool party deck rental area. It is perfect for summer pool side celebrations. Click HERE for more details.


Park Pavilions (Back to top)
How to rent: Call 410-313-4682, 8 AM-4:30 PM, M-F
Park pavilions are a great place to hold a birthday party, corporate event, large family gathering, school picnic or any other special occasion. Pavilions vary in size to accommodate any group, and many come equipped with cooking facilities. The pavilion rental season runs from April 1st through November 30th, rain or shine (there are no refunds for inclement weather).
Pavilions are available to rent at many parks. Click HERE for more information.


Performing Arts Venues (Back to top)
How to rent: Call Jacquelyn Galke at 410-313-5131 or jgalke@howardcountymd.gov
The Patapsco Female Institute is available to rent for performances. Click HERE for more information.


Social Events Venues (Back to top)
How to rent: Call 410-313-4840 for the Gary J. Arthur Community Center; 410-313-0400 for Robinson Nature Center; 410-313-5131 for Patapsco Female Institute, Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse and Waverly Mansion; 410-313-2765 for the Roger Carter Recreation Center; and 410-313-4682 for the Schooley Mill Park Indoor Facility
Our social events venues include historical structures as well as modern community and recreation centers.
Social events venues available for rent: Gary J. Arthur Community Center | Robinson Nature Center | Patapsco Female Institute | Pfeiffer's Corner Schoolhouse | Roger Carter Recreation Center | Schooley Mill Park Indoor Facility | Waverly Mansion