Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 

Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks:

2/1/2021: Please note that the Centennial Park North area playground will be replaced with a new playground this summer.

2/22/2021: The Centennial Park West Area tennis court lighting system is being replaced. The tennis courts will be closed beginning March 1, 2021 Monday through Friday 7am-5pm. The courts will open from 5pm- sunset, Monday through Friday, and on weekends. Work will include replacement of the light poles, fixtures and wiring. The anticipated completion date is April 1, 2021.



Centennial Park


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

Park Hours: 7 am to dusk, or as posted

Adventure Shack and Rentals

Boat Rental operation




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, Adventure Shack & Rentals is open for boat rentals and general store items.  Located in the park's South area, visit the Adventure Shack & Rentals page for complete information!


Park Information

Rules and Regulations

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.

See the boating permit and fishing tab for regulations about boats on Centennial Lake. ALL boaters are required to purchase a permit to use Centennial Lake - this includes non-motorized canoes, kayaks and rafts.

Howard County Code

Title 19 - Recreation and Parks