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


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

View our 2017 Land Preservation Parks and Recreation Plan

Program Open Space

Project Name Grant Name

Board of Public Works Award Date

Elkridge School Recreation Area Acquisition 3/5/1971
Atholton School Recreation Area Acquisition 11/30/1970
Northfield-Dunloggin School Acquisition 8/30/1971
Savage Area Park Development 3/13/1972
Ellicott City Park Development 7/31/1972
Pfefferkorn Park Pfefferkorn Property Acquisition 9/15/1972
Murray Hill Park Acquisition #1  
Centennial Park Recreation Area Development #1  
Benson Branch Park Acquisition #1 7/10/1973
Troy Park Development #1  
Rockburn Branch City Park Acquisition #1 9/5/1974
Rockburn Branch City Park Acquisition #2 1/23/1975
Centennial Park Acquisition #2 11/21/1974
Benson Branch Park Acquisition #2 7/23/1973
Robinson Nature Center    Acquisition 4/2/1975
Harper's Choice Community Park Acquisition 12/31/1976
Murray Hill Park Acquisition #2 6/9/1976
Schooley Mill County Park Acquisition 6/8/1977
High Ridge Park Acquisition 6/27/1978
Brinkleigh Neighborhood Park Development 10/1/1979
Atholton Neighborhood Park Development 10/1/1979
Centennial Park Development #2 10/1/1980
Brampton Hills Park Acquisition  
Centennial Park Development #3 11/10/1981
Gorman Area Acquisition  
Warfield's Pond Community Park Acquisition 2/23/1983
Waterloo Park Acquisition 2/4/1983
Brampton Hills Park Acquisition 4/11/1984
Robinson Nature Center Acquisition 4/24/1985
Howard County Land Preservation & Rec.Plan - FY1989 7/27/1988
Hammond Community Park Acquisition 8/10/1988