About Howard County Recreation & Parks

The Howard County Recreation & Parks Department and our full-time and part-time staff of 1,271 dedicated individuals are proud of our role in enhancing the quality of life of our residents. We are responsible for the stewardship of 9,159 acres of public lands, the maintenance and operation of more than 50 parks, and we present over 7,000 recreation programs. We also enjoyed the involvement of our many volunteers, community members who contributed some 123,396 hours of their time – the equivalent of $2,846,745.70 in wages and salaries. 

Our parks have played host to local, regional and national events like the Columbia Triathlon, Iron Girl Triathlon, Cherrybration, and numerous sports tournaments. We also sponsor events like July 4th Fireworks, Sunset Serenades, Sunday in the Park and Wine in the Woods, which drew a crowd of over 25,000 this past year.

To responsibly manage natural resources; provide excellent parks, facilities, and recreation opportunities for the community; and ensure the highest quality of life for current and future generations.

The Department of Recreation and Parks strives to deliver recreation and leisure opportunities that will improve the health and well-being of the community and to serve as model stewards of the environment by managing, protecting, and conserving our resources for a sustainable future.

Core Values 

  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability
  • Knowledgeable, Well-trained Staff
  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Trend Setting

View the 2018 Annual Report on our forms and publications page.