park_centennial

Centennial Park

Address: 

10000 Clarksville Pike (Main/South), Ellicott City, MD 21042

4800 Woodland Road (East), Ellicott City, MD 21042

4651 Centennial Lane (West), Ellicott City, MD 21042

9801 Old Annapolis Road (North), Ellicott City, MD 21042

Phone: 410-313-7271 or 410-313-7256              

Boat Rental Dock: 410-313-7303

Hours: 7 am to dusk, or as posted

Directions:

Main/South Google MapsPDF

North Google MapsPDF

West  Google MapsPDF

East Google MapsPDF

Centennial Park has won awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. The 337-acre park features a spectacular 54-acre man-made lake, which is stocked by the State Department of Fisheries, and is home to a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, beavers, foxes, turtles, herons, and many other bird species. You can walk, run or bike the 2.6-mile paved pathway that encircles the lake or the 7.3 miles of interconnecting paved pathway that includes links to surrounding neighborhoods. Cast for bass, trout, sunfish and tiger muskies. The park has four main areas: North, South, East, and West, each with a separate entrance. Included are 9 picnic pavilions available on a first-come, first-served basis, unless reserved, and 3 first-come, first-served picnic areas (propane grills are not permitted). From late spring through early fall, boats are available for rent at the Boat Rental Office located in the park's South area - visit the boat rentals page for complete information!

Park Information

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.

Park Rules

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  

  • Help to keep your parks beautiful -- please take your trash and recyclable items home. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. 
  • Dog droppings may attract disease-harboring pests, and even a friendly dog can scare the birds, wildlife and park visitors. Clean up after your dog and keep it leashed; it's the law. 
  • All of our parks are inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife such as deer, snakes, fish, rabbits, insects and birds. Please do not disturb them; remember, this is their home.

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.

South Area
  • Man-made lake (54 acres)
  • Benches
  • Boat dock (boats available for rent)
  • Boat ramp and dock area (the dock area is accessible to persons with disabilities)
  • Drinking fountains
  • Natural areas
  • 2.6-mile paved pathway 
  • 7 picnic pavilions available on a first-come-first-served basis, unless reserved
  • 3 first-come-first-served picnic areas (propane grills are not permitted)   
  • Playground 
  • 3 sand volleyball courts
  • Restrooms
  • Parking
 

North Area

  • 2 ball fields (informal, #1,2)
  • Skate spot
  • Benches
  • Drinking fountains
  • Hiking trails
  • Natural areas
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • 6 racquetball courts
  • 2 tennis courts
 
 

West Area

  • 3 ball fields (#3-5)
  • 2 basketball courts
  • Benches
  • Drinking fountains
  • 2 multi purpose fields (lighted, #6,7)
  • Hiking trails
  • Natural areas
  • Parking
  • 1 pavilion (o)
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • 5 tennis courts; 1 tournament court
  • 1 sand volleyball court
 

East Area

  • 1 ball field (informal)
  • Basketball court
  • Drinking fountains
  • 4 horseshoe pits
  • Parking
  • Pavilion (h)
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Sand volleyball court

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.

Please do not feed the wildlife - The park's natural habitat provides plenty of food for birds, waterfowl and wildlife to eat, and their digestive systems are not designed for a human's food. If they become dependent upon being fed, they become less able to feed themselves and multiply in an area that may not support their population. Such overcrowding causes destruction of habitat, pollution of the lake, and, ultimately, disease and starvation.

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.

 

Pavilion Rentals

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 1 through Nov. 30, rain or shine (there are no refunds for inclement weather).

Pavilions are available free on a first-come, first-served basis during the remainder of the year. However, restroom water and water fountains are turned off during winter months and grills may not be available or accessible during this time due to winter maintenance. Your rental may begin as early as 10 AM and must conclude by sunset (times subject to change).  

You MUST leave the park by the designated time of sunset or be charged a late fee of $25 per ½ hour. 

For information about the pavilions or to make a reservation, you may call 410-313-4682 Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM. 

 

Park Pavilion Name Maximum Capacity   Resident / Non-Resident Fee
Centennial Park Pavilion A 
Centennial Park Pavilion B
Centennial Park Pavilion C 

Amenities (included with permit) 

  •  5 picnic tables: 4 (6'); 1 (8' ADA)
  • charcoal grill (3' x 1')
40 $150 / $180
Centennial Park Pavilion D

Amenities (included with permit) 

  • 4 electrical outlets (grounded, 110 volts, 20 amps)
  • 21 picnic tables: 11 (6'); 8 (8'); 2 (8' ADA)
  • charcoal grill (3' x 3')
  • stone fireplace (bring your own wood)
115 $360 / $390
Centennial Park Pavilion E
Centennial Park Pavilion F
Centennial Park Pavilion G

Amenities (included with permit) 

  •  5 picnic tables: 4 (6'); 1 (8' ADA)
  • charcoal grill (3' x 1')
  • electricity
40 $150 / $180
Centennial Park Pavilion H

Amenities (included with permit) 

  • 2 tennis courts (excepts Tues./Thurs. evenings)
  • 4 horseshoe pits
  • 37 picnic tables: 28 (8'), 7 (6'), 2 (8' ADA)
  • ball diamond
  • basketball court (2 baskets)
  • charcoal grill (4' x 4')
  • electric grill (18" x 3')
  • electrical outlets (grounded, 110 volts, 20 amps)
  • playground
  • multipurpose field
  • restrooms
  • sand volleyball court
  • sink with running water
  • tailgate toss
300 $900 / $930
 Centennial Park Pavilion O

Amenities (included with permit) 

  • 6 picnic tables: 4 (8'); 1 (8' ADA); 1 (6')
  • charcoal grill (18" x 3')
  • electrical outlets (grounded, 110 volts, 20 amps)
60   $155/$185

 

To Get a Boating Permit:
All boats on Centennial Lake are required to have a boating permit. Only Class A boats are allowed, 16 feet in length or less, electric motors only. Rowboats, canoes, or rafts with three separate air chambers are allowed. Sailboats must be under 14 feet in length. A life jacket must be provided for each occupant. Jet skis are not permitted on the lake.

Seasonal Permits (Valid March 1st through November 30th) are $35.00
Daily Boat Permits are $5.00
The daily permits are available at the self-serve kiosk next to the boat launch area, and seasonal permits are available through the Park Office or the General Store during the above-mentioned hours of operation. Cash only.

Fishing:

You may fish from shore or from a boat. A Maryland Freshwater Fishing License is required for anglers aged 16 and up. State fishing regulations are in effect, and game fish are part of a management program to maintain a balanced population. 

Howard County Recreation & Parks 

7120 Oakland Mills Road 

Columbia, MD 21046 

 

410-313-4700 General Information (M-F, 8 AM-5 PM) 

410-313-4660 FAX 

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: 410-313-4454

 

We strive to operate our programs regardless of weather - canceling is a last resort. However:  

  • While most programs will be held despite the weather, schedules and drop-off points may change. 
  • Should lightning be a factor, outdoor activities may be moved indoors. 
  • If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County, programs may be closed early or canceled. 
  • If a snow emergency is declared in Howard County, all parks are closed. 
  • If schools are closed, delayed or dismissed early due to inclement weather or if the Board of Education suspends after-school activities, Recreation and Parks programs in schools may be affected. 
  • In the event of inclement weather, call the Inclement Weather/Program Status numbers below for up-to-date information. 
  • You should check with your instructor about make-up dates for canceled sessions.