Update: Oakland Mills Road Closure Phase Two of Detour
Blandair Park has reopened to vehicular traffic. The park can now be accessed from its NEW MD 175 exit located between Tamar Drive and Thunder Hill Road. As construction on Blandair Park continues, please keep in mind Oakland Mills Road remains closed from the Old Montgomery Road/Oakland Mills Road intersection to the playing fields’ parking lot entrance. There will be no through traffic from Sohap through to the intersection with Old Montgomery Road. Weather permitting, this phase of the project to relocate Oakland Mills Road through the park is expected to be completed by mid-summer.
Blandair Park Closures and Blandair Park Detour
Click on the links above for road closures and detours in and out of the park.
The existing playing fields at Blandair Park will remain open. However, the parking area will only be accessible from Rouse Parkway (MD 175) and Sohap Lane (Local traffic only).
Blandair Project Checklist
Address: 5750 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045
Hours: 7 AM to dusk, or as posted
Directions: Google Maps
Blandair Park is one of the county's premier destinations for sports events. Once the final phase is complete, the park will be 300 acres. Amenities now available include three lighted synthetic turf multipurpose fields, press boxes and bleachers, along with a playground, shade structure and a parking lot. The park is conveniently located on Oakland Mills Road, one-third of a mile north past the intersection of Old Montgomery Road and Oakland Mills Road.
Get up to date information about Park development and other construction projects across the county
To Report a Park Concern
To report damage or park concerns, leave a message on the Department's hot-line, 410-313-DIRT (3478). For emergencies dial 911.
The purpose of these regulations is to provide a safe and peaceful use of County parks and park land; for recreational and educational benefit and enjoyment; and for the protection and preservation of the property, facilities and natural resources of the County. Park land and recreation programs conducted on park land are open for use by all members of the public regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sex, national origin, or disability. Click on the links below for more information about our regulations.
Howard County Code
Subtitle 19 (PDF)
Things to Remember
Howard County Bans Smoking in All County Parks
In a continued effort to be a model public health community and preserve its rank as Maryland’s Healthiest County, Howard County was the first jurisdiction in Maryland with a total ban on smoking and tobacco products of any kind in all the 57 County-owned parks and recreational areas. Enforcement will take the form of requesting voluntary compliance. However, if a smoker does not extinguish a smoking product, park staff will remind them of the new policy and could request exiting the property if they choose to continue smoking.
For more information about the ban, to read the Executive Order or to learn more about smoking cessation programs, click here.
Flora and Fauna - We are grateful to the years of service and the countless hours that Jo and Bob Solem have contributed to the Howard County Bird Club. Their contribution has been a valuable asset in the gathering of data and documenting the numerous species of flora and fauna found in our county.
Field and Court Rentals
Softball/baseball and multi-purpose fields are available by permit only. Preference is given to sports leagues and community groups. There are reservation, light and tournament fees. Call 410-313-4626 for details. Softball/baseball and multi-purpose field locations are below. Tennis courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis except during scheduled lessons or tournaments.
Click here to download a Park Map
Howard County Recreation & Parks
7120 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
410-313-4700 General Information (M-F, 8 AM-5 PM)
410-313-4665 TTY (for the hearing impaired)
410-313-PARK (7275) Registration (M-F, 8 AM-4:30 PM)
Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-3673
Inclement Weather and Program Status Lines
We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather - canceling is a last resort. However:
CAPITAL PROJECTS CHECKLIST
Project #: J-4237 and N-3102
Project name: MD 175/Oakland Mills Road Interchange
Address of project site (please be specific): 5749 Oakland Mills Road
Lane direction if applicable (northbound, etc.):
Nearest cross-street to project: MD 175
Town/city/Columbia village: Columbia, Owen Brown
Project manager name: Mark Kovach
Construction/zone supervisor name: Brian Kirk
Construction inspector name: Roy Hooe
Construction contractor name: Kibler Construction
Traffic engineer name: Ray Hooe
Cost of the project: $5,500,000.00
Names of grants used to fund the project: N/A
Reason for project/construction:
Description of work to be done: Relocation of Oakland Mills Road
Changes from original structure:
Approximate project start date: on or about __Thursday____, ___2-2-17_____
(day of week) (date)
Approximate project end date (choose one): early mid LATE _July__________
Please cite construction hours and days of the week: 7:00AM-3:00PM Monday thru Friday
Date of public hearing/notification:
Will a CMS/VMS be activated at the site? Yes
Wording on CMS/VMS: Blandair Park via MD 175 opens on 2-2-17
Will signs regarding the project be posted at the site? Yes
When will signs be posted? Yes, already posted on site
Where will signs be posted? Near the entrance of the park at the parking lot.
What types of signs will be posted? 4X8 Plywood Project Sign
Wording on signs: Blandair Park
Will the flow of traffic be affected? Yes
Describe the expected change in flow of traffic: Traffic will be detoured. Traffic will be directed to use the new MD175 entrance.
Will signs be used to direct traffic? Yes
Will flagging be used to direct traffic? No
Will any detours be used? Yes
Describe any related detours in detail: See attached plans
Will any roads be closed? Yes
Describe any related road closures: A portion of Oakland Mills Road
Will roads be closed during full length of project? Yes
Will roads be closed only during construction hours? Yes
Will any lanes be closed? No
Describe any related lane closures: No
Will lanes be closed during full length of project? No
Will lanes be closed only during construction hours? No
Will any sidewalks be closed? No
Will any bike paths or pedestrian paths be closed? No but will be relocated around the construction site.
Are explosives planned? No
Blandair Regional Park is currently under construction and located on a 298-acre parcel of land in Columbia. The project will preserve approximately 200 acres of forest, wetlands, meadows, and a historic farm complex, while providing active and passive recreation experiences.
Approved 2008 Master Plan
2011 Blandair Phasing Plan
Click here to see the new construction app and find out more about Blandair's construction
Project Schedule for Phase I, II and III
Phase I is a 25-acre parcel in the South Area on the west side of Oakland Mills Road was constructed and opened in 2012. It contains the following amenities: 3 lighted, synthetic turf multi-purpose fields, 1 playground, 1 shelter, 1 restroom, and 1 parking lot. Click here to view Phase I of Blandair Park. The Contractor for Phase 1 was Urban Zink Construction. Phase II is a 31.4 acre parcel on the south east side of Oakland Mills Road. Construction started in April 2015. The contractor is Kibler Construction company and the project is scheduled for completion in 2017. This phase will contain the following amenities: 2 lighted baseball fields with bleachers and lighting, 1 playground, 1 shelter, 5 tennis courts, 1 restroom, paved paths and a parking lot. Click here to view Phase II of Blandair Park. Phase III will begin construction in fall 2016 and will contain the maintenance building, as well as an accessible playground,a backyard games area, shelter and restrooms. Click here to view Phase III of Blandair Park.
The Advisory Committee, the County and the design consultant (WR&A, LLP) encourage you to monitor this web site for project updates.
You may direct written comments to:
Raul Delerme, Chief, Capital Projects,Park Planning and Construction, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia MD 21046.
If you wish to comment on the information provided on this webpage, please contact the Department’s Bureau of Capital Project, Park Planning and Construction at 410-313-4689 for more information or to provide comments. Please visit this website for future updates.
The farm traces its beginnings to lands granted to the Talbot family in colonial times, and it was later owned by members of the Dorsey, Howard, and Weems families. In 1845, Theodorick Bland, Chancellor of Maryland (1824-1846), purchased it and named it “Blandair.” His family owned it until after the Civil War, when it changed hands a number of times, eventually becoming a dairy farm and finally a horse farm when the Smith family bought it in 1937. While the property was farmed as early as 1798, most of the existing buildings date from the mid–19th century, and include a granary, spring house, tenant houses, and the brick main house. The last residing owner, Nancy Smith, passed away in 1997 and the farm, long having ceased operations, was purchased by Howard County with assistance from the State’s Program Open Space in 1998 for use as a park. Legal challenges ensued, delaying planning efforts for the next three years. After court affirmation of the County’s ownership, repairs of the deteriorated facilities could begin. A Historic Easement was placed on 28 acres that contain the farm structures, and restoration work is underway under a separate contract with the National Park Service.
In 2001, a committee of 23 citizens was appointed to advise the County on the direction it should take in developing the park. The Blandair Planning Committee deliberated for over a year and a half, considering multiple issues regarding the park. The County commissioned several studies: a Traffic Study, a Forest Delineation Study, a Wetland Study, and a Hazardous Waste Assessment. Experts in various areas were invited to address the committee on pertinent topics.
Three sub-committees were established to address 1) historic preservation; 2) environmental protection and nature; and 3) active recreation. Access to the park from Route 175 and other local roads, as well as bicycle and pedestrian pathways, and a highway overpass to connect the two areas of the park were discussed extensively.
The Committee determined that the North Area should feature historical interpretation, preserve natural areas, and provide predominately passive recreation and nature education. It also could provide space for occasional large outdoor gatherings. They determined that the South Area should provide more facilities for active recreation, as well as preserve its natural areas.
Three conceptual plans were created and discussed, and one concept was chosen to be modified. The final plan was presented before three public meetings, and adopted as the Master Plan in August, 2003.
The Department of Recreation and Parks is curently restoring the Blandair Mansion which will become the historical centerpiece of the future 300-acre Blandair Regional Park.
The Department of Recreation and Parks has contracted with the National Park Service (NPS), Historic Preservation Training Center to provide architectural and construction services in accordance with stringent federal and state preservation guidelines to restore the Blandair mansion. Archeological investigations have been conducted around the perimeter of the house, as a new drainage system was installed.
The NPS has installed a new metal roof, repaired existing windows and doors, repointed the brickwork, and rebuilt the front portico. Interior work on the first two floors of the mansion is starting in the Fall of 2012. Upon completion, the mansion will become the historical centerpiece of the future 300-acre Blandair Regional Park.
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