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Worthington Dog Park

Address: 8170 Hillsborough Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 

Phone: 410-313-4700

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset, or as posted

Directions: Google MapsPDF

Come and bark in the park at Howard County's premier dog park! Your pooch will have a great time socializing and running without the confines of a leash. Whether you are a big-dog family, a little-dog family, or in between, you can find the appropriate place for your furry friend in one of two separate enclosures: the regular area and the small, timid, or elderly dog area. There are also fenced areas for rent and dog training is available. The off-leash area is open seasonally, weather permitting. The upper field is available to rent from May-November. Permit availability is dependent upon condition of the park and scheduled maintenance. Please check out our rules and regulations tab below, or click here for the dog park application.


Reminders 

Don't disappoint your dog. If it's raining or snowing, or the ground is damp, always call the Inclement Weather line, 410-313-4455, to verify that the Off-Leash Area is open before you go. The area may be closed due to rain, snow and/or muddy conditions.

If the park is open, but conditions are sloppy, please do not use the park until conditions improve. By doing so, you can ensure that the gates will remain open more often.

It is your responsibility to clean up after your dog! No one else should or will do that for you.

Dogs have different styles of play. Know your dog before you visit the park and be sensitive to other dogs and their owners. Watch your dog closely and be prepared to intervene if necessary.

For additional information about the Off-Leash Area at Worthington Park, visit the HoCoDog website or visit Maryland Dog Park Community on Facebook. We are also pleased to provide a link to Animal Advocates

Reminders

Don't disappoint your dog. If it's raining or snowing, or the ground is damp, always call the Inclement Weather line, 410-313-4455, to verify that the Off-Leash Area is open before you go. The area may be closed due to rain, snow and/or muddy conditions.

If the park is open, but conditions are sloppy, please do not use the park until conditions improve. By doing so, you can ensure that the gates will remain open more often.

It is your responsibility to clean up after your dog! No one else should or will do that for you.

Dogs have different styles of play. Know your dog before you visit the park and be sensitive to other dogs and their owners. Watch your dog closely and be prepared to intervene if necessary.

For additional information about the Off-Leash Area at Worthington Park, visit the HoCoDog website. We are also pleased to provide a link to Animal Advocates

Park Information

Dog Park Requirements:  

  • Handlers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the Off-Leash Area. Dogs can and will play roughly and it is not safe for the children or the dog owners.
  • Daily permit ($5 at park) or yearly permit (application is changing to calendar year); click here to download the Off-Leash Area Permit Application And Informational Guide.
  •  Proof of current license and rabies vaccination.

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.



Worthington Dog Park Map

The purpose of the Bark Ranger Program is to encourage dog owner patrons to clean up after their pets and to use a leash while visiting a Howard County park. Dog feces that is not picked up is unsightly but also has negative impacts on our ground and surface water and attracts rodents. It is important to keep your dog on a leash. Not only is it the law but it is being considerate to the other park patrons. We encourage you and your pooch to take the pledge and be committed to protecting our environment.

For questions regarding the Bark Ranger program call 410-245-1410 for dates and events. 

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: 410-313-4455 

 

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.