Notice of Public Hearing: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks 

By virtue of and pursuant to the provisions of Subtitle 4, Section 19.400, of the Howard County Code, notice is hereby given that the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board will conduct a Public Hearing to consider the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Fiscal Year 2024 “Draft” Capital Budget, and the Fiscal Year 2024-2033 “Draft” Capital Improvement Program for the acquisition and development of park and recreation lands.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at Howard County Recreation & Parks Headquarters (7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia). Click here for more info or to view the FY24 Capital Budget PDF.


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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
​CAPRA Accreditation

Howard County Recreation & Parks is recognized through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Department met 144 standards encompassing all operations contained in leisure services. These professional standards serve as an aid for improving performance and maintaining quality. They provide park and recreation agencies with an ability to evaluate their operation, while achieving and maintaining a level of efficiency and effectiveness. The Department is one of only 102 accredited agencies in the United States.




Raul Delerme
Director of Recreation & Parks
Bob Linz
Bureau Chief of Capital Projects, Park Planning & Construction
Mike Milani
Bureau Chief of Administrative Services

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