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

As we continue to keep our community centers and facilities closed with public safety in mind, we are bringing some of our favorite classes to your household as online programs! Please visit our webpage.

Please also enjoy free videos and print outs! Our page grows daily! We post each new activity on our social media site (HoCoRec) and then archive it on our webpage.

Decisions on in-person summer camps will continue to be made throughout the summer two weeks prior to a camp's starting date.

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Parks & Planning

Howard County offers its citizens regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation areas for picnics, and scenic outdoor trails for hiking and exploring. Nearly all Howard County public parks have playground areas, but we also have several stand-alone playgrounds that are not located within a traditional park. We also have an off-leash area at Worthington Park for the enjoyment of four-legged citizens accompanied by their owners.

Bears and Wildlife Precautions: The spring and early summer are a wonderful time to get outdoors and enjoy the sounds and sights nature has to offer, but also be vigilant of bears and other wildlife.

We have trees on the Maryland and Howard County Champion Tree Lists. Click here to see locations of these award-winning trees. To learn more about the champion trees contest and how to nominate a tree, visit the Howard County Forest Conservancy website.

Howard County Garden Plots

Join the Columbia Gardeners and grow your own fresh veggies, fruits, flowers and herbs. Visit our garden plots!!

CODE TITLE 19 - RECREATION AND PARKS

This includes park land, open space and natural resources regulations.

View our 2017 Land Preservation Parks and Recreation Plan