Regional Parks
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Blandair Regional Park in Columbia
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Blandair Park

5750 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045 

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-3673

Amenities

  • 3 lighted synthetic turf multipurpose fields with press boxes and bleachers
  • 2 playgrounds (one of the playgrounds is an inclusive, ADA-compliant “Play-for-all” playground consisting of six unique play areas with fencing, non-verbal communication boards, sun shades, picnic tables and benches)
  • 4 pavilions (pavilion by bocce and croquet have inlaid checkerboards and ping-pong tables)
  • 3 restrooms
  • 2 lighted synthetic baseball fields with bleachers
  • 5 lighted tennis courts
  • Paved pathways
  • Parking lots
  • A challenge course with synthetic turf and timers, for ages 13 years and up
  • The green, a 10,000 square foot synthetic lawn area
  • Backyard games area with 3 bocce courts, 2 croquet courts, 2 horseshoe pitches
  • A central plaza with stone seating walls surrounding raised landscape beds
  • Drinking fountains
  • Benches
  • Bike racks
  • Park maintenance building with offices and storage

Next Phase
The next phase of the park to be designed will include the following: outdoor basketball courts, skate park, pickleball courts, pathways, parking lot and shade structures. This phase will be adjacent to the West Parking lot (near the three multi-purpose fields).

History on who has lived here.
Susquehannock tribes from the north and Piscataway tribes from further south along the Patuxent hunted and had seasonal camps here, but no permanent settlements have been located. The land was often the scene of conflicts with their main rivals, the Iroquois. In the 1700s, Colonial expansion caused many Native Americans to either leave Maryland, join tribes elsewhere, or stay and assimilate in the majority culture. 

The first European settlers who came to this area were Puritans, Quakers, and Catholics seeking religious freedom. The new English Colony of Maryland was founded in 1632, and passed The Maryland Toleration Act of 1649, making the Colony of Maryland attractive to settlers of various religious backgrounds. 

The Talbots, a Quaker family, first owned a 1,087-acre land grant in 1714 that included most of today’s Blandair Park. They were followed by the Dorsey, Howard, and Weems families. 

Three generations of the Weems family (of Scottish origin) farmed this land from before 1800 until 1844. John Crompton Weems, who served in the U.S. Congress as a representative for Anne Arundel County from 1826 to 1829, named the farm “La Grange.” The Weems family owned between 10 and 15 slaves. Their neighbor and frequent visitor, George Cooke, mentioned some of the enslaved population in his diary. 

People of African origin, both enslaved and free, lived and worked on this land. In 1777, the Maryland Quakers banned slave ownership by their members, but slavery was not illegal in Maryland. The 1783 Federal Tax Assessment records state that there were not slaves on the property. However, by 1798, ten enslaved people were recorded. The 1850 Federal Slave Census listed 15 slaves and the 1860 census reported 20 slaves, but names are not listed. The enslaved population labored without pay to plant and harvest crops, as well as tend to the farm and household chores, until the Civil War and emancipation, which happened in Maryland on November 1, 1864. 

When the area was named "Blandair."
Theodorick Bland, the Chancellor of Maryland from 1824 to 1846, purchased the land in 1844 as a country retreat, but his main home was in Annapolis. He was a lawyer and judge known for his “great industry and untiring energy.” It was Theo Bland who called it “Blandair,” the name still used today. He wrote that he needed to build a slave quarter and a granary. Both still stand on the property and date to circa 1845. 

Bland died in 1846 and his daughter, Sarah Bland Mayo, and her husband, Commodore Isaac Mayo, inherited Blandair two years later. They also lived in Annapolis, but continued to use Blandair as a country home. On the 1850 Federal Slave Schedule for the Howard District of Anne Arundel County, Isaac Mayo is noted as owning fifteen slaves, ranging in ages from three months to 70 years old. 

In the fall of 1849, an enslaved woman named Matilda Neal, along with her children Rachael, Mary, Emmeline, James and a baby, Catharine, escaped from the Blandair property with her husband, Richard Neal, a free man. Richard was arrested in Philadelphia in 1853 for inciting slaves to run away, but It is not clear whether Matilda and her children were also caught.

The Mayos deeded the property, which included eleven slaves, to their daughter, Sophia, for “love, affection, and one dollar,” when she wed a neighbor, Thomas Gaither, in 1857. 

The young Gaither couple built the brick two-story manor house that stands in the park today. A news story from 1857 identifies that the house was built that year, with reports that a strong wind blew away part of the roof that Thomas Gaither was building. The 1860 Federal Slave Schedule for District 1 of Howard County shows 20 slaves between the ages of one and 60 years old, and two slave houses. The Gaithers began raising a family there, but after the Civil War, farming was not as successful without unpaid slave labor, so the Gaithers sold Blandair in 1867 and relocated to Baltimore.

Land uses: from dairy farm to fruit orchards
Thomas Burwell bought and lived on the farm for eight years, then leased it for two years to Frederick Brosenne, a dairyman from Bavaria, Germany. Brosenne then officially bought the land in 1878. He and his sons raised cows and operated a dairy for 34 years. They delivered milk, butter, and cheese to the Lexington Market in Baltimore.

In 1910, William and Evelyn Marvel bought the farm and then sold it to John D. Mitchell nine years later. He, in turn, sold it to his brother-in-law, George Davis and his wife Julia who lived on the land with their daughter and son-in-law. At one time, four of their extended families (numbering up to 15 individuals) lived here.

In 1933, The Davis’ twin granddaughters were born in the Blandair mansion. Ina Lou and Violet May Ecker had fond memories of their grandparents and birthday parties on the front lawn. Their Aunt Betty recalled that the farm grew many crops, including corn, alfalfa, potatoes, beans, and cane sugar. The Davis families also raised cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses, and mules. Their orchards produced apples and pears that were sold at market.

Who were the last owners?
Henry and Lillian Smith bought the farm in 1937 during the Great Depression to raise Arabian horses. Henry, a Baltimore contractor, improved the old mansion by installing bathrooms and electricity, but he died soon after. His wife “Lilly” died in 1979 and their daughter Elizabeth “Nancy” continued to operate the farm until she died in 1997. The two women resisted efforts by James Rouse to purchase Blandair as part of the development of Columbia in the 1960’s.  

How has the land developed?
A mixed deciduous forest once grew here, but by the late 18th century, early settlers began clearing it for farms. New trees have since grown along the streams, fence rows and borders of the property. 

The fields and farmlands were productive for over 200 years, from the first crops of tobacco, to wheat, corn, turnips, and an apple orchard. The last harvest was corn and soybeans in 2009. 

Blandair’s property borders changed from the first colonial grant of over 1,000 acres to the present 300 acres, due to the sale, purchase and recombining of lots.

The landscape around Blandair was slowly transformed by developer James Rouse into the town of Columbia after the 1965 “New Town District” zoning code was adopted. Now in the 21st century, Columbia is an unincorporated city, with a population of over 100,000, yet Blandair has remained a green oasis. 

Blandair is now parkland that offers varied opportunities for outdoor recreation and future nature education and historic interpretation…in the heart of Howard County.

When did Howard County purchase the property and start to develop it into a park?
The last residing owner, Nancy Smith, passed away in 1997 and the farm, long having ceased operations. Howard County purchased the property in 1998, with assistance from the State Department of Natural Resources’ “Program Open Space.”  Planning began soon after by Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks in collaboration with a Citizen’s Advisory Committee. Lou Parlette, one of the Davis Twins born at Blandair, served on the committee.

Legal challenges ensued, delaying planning efforts for the next three years. After court affirmation of the County’s ownership, repairs of the deteriorated facilities could begin. A Historic Easement was placed on 28 acres that contain the farm structures, and restoration work is underway under a separate contract with the National Park Service.

In 2001, a committee of 23 citizens was appointed to advise the County on the direction it should take in developing the park. The Blandair Planning Committee deliberated for over a year and a half, considering multiple issues regarding the park. The County commissioned several studies: a Traffic Study, a Forest Delineation Study, a Wetland Study, and a Hazardous Waste Assessment. Experts in various areas were invited to address the committee on pertinent topics.  

Three sub-committees were established to address 1) historic preservation; 2) environmental protection and nature; and 3) active recreation. Access to the park from Route 175 and other local roads, as well as bicycle and pedestrian pathways, and a highway overpass to connect the two areas of the park were discussed extensively.

The committee determined that the North Area should feature historical interpretation, preserve natural areas, and provide predominately passive recreation and nature education. It also could provide space for occasional large outdoor gatherings. They determined that the South Area should provide more facilities for active recreation, as well as preserve its natural areas.

Three conceptual plans were created and discussed, and one concept was chosen to be modified. The final plan was presented before three public meetings, and adopted as the Master Plan in August, 2003.

The Department of Recreation and Parks is restoring the Blandair Mansion, which will become the historical centerpiece of the future 300-acre park. The Department contracted the National Park Service (NPS), Historic Preservation Training Center to provide architectural and construction services in accordance with stringent federal and state preservation guidelines to restore the Blandair mansion. Archeological investigations were conducted around the perimeter of the house, a new drainage system and metal roof was installed, existing windows and doors were repaired, the brickwork was repointed, and the front portico was rebuilt. Upon completion, the mansion will become the historical centerpiece of the future 300-acre Blandair Regional Park. 

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Centennial Park in Ellicott City
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Centennial Park - Main/South
10000 Clarksville Pike (Main/South), Ellicott City, MD 21042 

Centennial Park - North 
9801 Old Annapolis Road (North), Ellicott City, MD 21042 

Centennial Park - East
4800 Woodland Road (East), Ellicott City, MD 21042 

Centennial Park - West
4651 Centennial Lane (West), Ellicott City, MD 21042 

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4454

Boat Rentals: 410-313-7303

Boating rules and regulations are at the bottom of this webpage.

Amenities

South Area

  • 54-acre man-made lake
  • Benches
  • Lake open to boaters from March 1 - November 30
  • Boat ramp and dock area (the dock area is accessible to persons with disabilities)
  • Drinking fountains
  • Natural areas
  • 2.6-mile paved pathway 
  • 7 picnic pavilions, first-come-first-served basis, unless reserved
  • 3 picnic areas, first-come-first-served (propane grills are not permitted)   
  • Playground 
  • 3 sand volleyball courts, first-come-first-served
  • Restrooms
  • Parking 

North Area

  • 2 ball fields (#1, #2)
  • Skate spot
  • Benches
  • Drinking fountains
  • Hiking trails
  • Natural areas
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • 6 racquetball courts
  • 2 tennis courts

West Area

  • 3 ball fields (#3, #4, #5)
  • 2 basketball courts
  • Benches
  • Drinking fountains
  • 2 lighted multi purpose fields (#6, #7)
  • Hiking trails
  • Natural areas
  • Parking
  • 1 pavilion (o)
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • 5 tennis courts; 1 tournament court
  • 1 sand volleyball court

East Area

  • 1 ball field (informal)
  • Basketball court
  • Drinking fountains
  • 4 horseshoe pits
  • Parking
  • Pavilion (h)
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • 2 tennis courts
  • 1 reservation-only sand volleyball court

History

Centennial Park was established in 1987 with a vision to create an environment where anyone and everyone could visit to play, hike, boat and come together as a community.

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Cedar Lane Park in Columbia
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Cedar Lane Park - East
10745 Route 108 (East), Columbia, MD 21044

Cedar Lane Park - West
5081 Cedar Lane (West), Columbia, MD 21044

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4453

Amenities

  • 8-mile paved pathway connects the parks
  • 2 lighted synthetic turf fields
  • 4 lighted ball diamonds
  • Playgrounds, one with outdoor fitness equipment 
  • Volleyball courts
  • Bocce courts
  • Pavilions (first-come, first-served, unless reserved)
  • 2 natural grass multi-purpose fields, available for scheduled use
  • Basketball courts
  • 4 tennis courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Fitness programs are held in the indoor facility located in the West Area
  • Restrooms
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Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge
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Rockburn Branch Park - West
6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road (West), Elkridge, MD 21075

Rockburn Branch Park - East
5400 Landing Road (East), Elkridge, MD 21075

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4455

Amenities

  • 9 miles of pathway and trails
  • 6 ball fields (#1-4, #7,#8)
  • 2 multipurpose synthetic turf fields (#5,6) 
  • Rockburn Skills Park
  • 2 basketball courts
  • 3 multi-purpose fields (2 are mini fields (#9, #10) and 1 is regular sized (#15))
  • Field overlay (behind Rockburn ES) (#11-14)
  • 4 tennis courts
  • 18-hole disc golf course 
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Playground
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Savage Park in Savage
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8400 Fair Street, Savage, MD 20763

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4456

Amenities

  • 2.8 miles of interconnecting trails, including links to Patuxent Branch Trail 
  • 5 ball diamonds (permit use only) The outfields of ball diamonds 1-4 can be permitted out to serve as a multipurpose field or a mini-soccer field, but no goals are provided. Ball diamond 5 will be lighted.
  • 2 basketball courts
  • 2 horseshoe pits 
  • Picnic pavilion available on a first-come-first-served basis, unless reserved
  • 4 lighted tennis courts
  • 2 volleyball courts 
  • Playground
  • Restroom facility  

Trout fishing on the Little Patuxent are: creel limit (all trout species) in aggregate—two daily, two possession; no minimum size; no closed season; no restrictions on terminal tackle.

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Schooley Mill Park in Highland
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12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4451

Amenities

  • 4.6 miles of trails
  • 3 ball fields
  • 2 basketball courts
  • Regulation-sized cricket field
  • Indoor facility (permit required, Your group may rent this multipurpose room when departmental activities are not scheduled. There is a two-hour minimum. For scheduling and fee information, call 410-313-4682.)
  • 4 tennis courts
  • Playground
  • 3 equestrian rings (available on a first-come, first-served basis unless previously reserved)
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Troy Park in Elkridge
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6500 Mansion Lane, Elkridge, MD 21075

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4451

Amenities

  • 2 lighted synthetic multipurpose fields with press box structures and bleachers seating 
  • Parking areas 
  • Playground

Planning & Development

New construction (Phase 2A) Phase 2A construction should be complete late spring 2020. The new synthetic turf field and bleachers were completed in November 2019. Electrical work for the lighting, press box and scoreboard will continue periodically until completed in early 2020. For more information, please contact Jason Thompson at 410-313-4031 or [email protected].

The park will be open during the day while construction is happening. Periodic construction will take place around the perimeter of field 1 until the electrical work is complete. Please be aware of construction activities and vehicles in the area of Field 1.

The park area, which currently encompasses 101 acres, has a history that dates back to 1664, when John Dorsey patented 763 acres as part of the Upper Anne Arundel tract and called the property “Troy” after his family’s ancestral home in Ireland. In the nearly 400 years since then, the property has been divided up and sold. Howard County purchased 80 of the 101 acres with $2.1 million from the Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space. In 2011 the county began developing plans for the park and it held a construction groundbreaking on June 22, 2013. All five phases are projected to cost an estimated $45.8 million.

The Department of Recreation and Parks plans to use the 1820 Historic Troy House in Elkridge as a visitor’s center and program space for the future Troy Park at Elkridge. The Department has contracted with the National Park Service to develop architectural plans and perform the rehabilitation. The interior of the old stone house was completely destroyed by fire, so the plans will focus on an adaptive re-use of the interior, while maintaining a historically appropriate exterior. Extensive archeological investigations have been conducted in the vicinity of the house to assist in the planning process.

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Western Regional Park in Woodbine
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14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine, MD 21723

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4372

Amenities 

  • 4 grass multi-purpose fields (#7, #8, #10, #11) 
  • 2 lighted synthetic turf multipurpose fields (#4 and #5)
  • 1 tee ball field (#6) 
  • 4 tennis courts
  • 1 multi age playground (fenced) 
  • 1 small playground
  • 4 ball diamonds (#1 - lighted baseball field, #2, #3, #9)
  • 2 basketball courts
  • Pathways
  • Natural Surface Trails 
  • 5 pavilions (available on a first-come, first-served basis - for more information click on the pavilion rental tab)
  • Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood 
  • Glenwood Library 
  • 3 restroom facilities, 
  • Maintenance facility
Natural Resource Management Areas
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David Force Natural Resource Area in Ellicott City
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David Force Park

2995 Pebble Beach Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042

David Force Natural Resource Area Map.pdf

This park was funded in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Grants.

History

The park is named after David W. Force who was a County Commissioner in the 1960’s. He was the equivalent to the County Executive; however, the County was not yet in its current form of charter government at that time. David W. Force lived in Ellicott City on Folly Quarter Road. Prior to becoming County Commissioner, he owned a trucking business that served the railroad industry. 

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Middle Patuxent Environmental Area in Clarksville
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MPEA

5795 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD 21029

Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Map.pdf

 

 


Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1021-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. This natural area is home to a diversity of wildlife, including an impressive list of about 150 species of birds, over 40 species of mammals, and numerous amphibians, reptiles, fishes, butterflies, plants and other wildlife. The primary components of the MPEA’s mission are natural resource conservation, environmental education, research, and passive recreation. The area is managed using ecosystem management concepts to restore and protect the diversity of communities found in this region. Five and one-half miles of hiking trails, with two interpretive nature trail brochures, give visitors an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the area. 

Ongoing natural resource management projects in the MPEA include meadow habitat restoration, natural resource inventories (bird surveys, vegetation surveys, etc), forest management, deer population management, stream water quality monitoring, and the volunteer program. The objective of the MPEA volunteer program is to involve members of the community in many aspects of the MPEA’s management. Volunteers can become involved in the development and maintenance of our trail system, help fight the invasive exotics that threaten our native species, study the diverse flora and fauna communities, participate in habitat management projects, and/or help develop educational programs.

To find out more about MPEA programs and management activities, contact MPEA Natural Resources Manager, Cheryl Farfaras at 410-313-4726 or email [email protected].

Volunteer Opportunities
Get active, learn, contribute to habitat conservation in the MPEA, and enjoy time with others in the community with one or more of our various volunteer opportunities.

Register here for all opportunities.

For group volunteering inquiries or additional questions, contact MPEA Natural Resource Specialist Allen Dupre

Environmental Stewardship
Many choices we make in our own homes can impact the environment. We each have the power to enact change. There are resources available so that each one of us can be environmentally responsible and take action to improve the health of our environment and the Chesapeake Bay, one backyard at a time. “From My Backyard to Our Bay” is one such excellent resource. It is a resident’s guide with tips on maintaining a healthy lawn, managing storm water runoff, composting, recycling, reducing energy use and many more topics. Please check out the booklet. 

See what actions you are already doing and what more you can do to improve your environment and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Remember – the Bay is only as far away as the nearest storm drain.

Community Partners

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1021-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. For more detailed information please visit the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation website.

Explore the MPEA

Interested in wildflowers? Learn when you can find spring wildflowers in bloom at the MPEA!

A species list for the MPEA has been provided by the Howard County Bird Club. The bird club's contribution has been a valuable asset in the gathering of data and documenting the numerous species of flora and fauna found in our county.

Habitat Management

 

 


 

FAQs

How is the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) different from other parks, open space, or public land? 
The MPEA is not a park. It is over 1,000 acres of forever-protected natural habitat. 

Where can I access the MPEA? 
The MPEA has two main trailheads. The Trotter Road trailhead has parking access and a restroom facility open to the public. Street parking is available at the South Wind trailhead

How can I experience the MPEA? 
Passive recreation (foot travel only) is permitted in the MPEA. This includes hiking, bird watching, and even participating in one of our volunteer programs

What is not allowed? 
Prohibited activities include (but are not limited to) the use of motor vehicles or bicycles, horseback riding, camping, campfires, hunting, and removing or disturbing native plants or animals. The MPEA is home to many native, migratory, and even rare species. Please abstain from these and any activities that may disturb their natural habitat.  

Are dogs allowed? 
Leashed dogs are allowed within the MPEA. Please pick up after your dog and pack out what you pack in.   

Why is the inner parking area off Trotter road closed? 
This area is occasionally reserved as parking for special events and programs conducted by Howard County Rec and Parks staff. 

Why isn’t the building at the end of the Trotter road parking lot open? 
This building is a maintenance shop with MPEA staff offices and is not open to the public. 

Can I fish in the MPEA? 
Yes. All Maryland DNR rules and regulations apply. Click here for more information

Neighborhood Parks
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Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville
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11685 Old Frederick Rd/Md 99, Marriottsville, MD 21104

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4372

Ammenities

  • Regulation-size inline hockey rink with bleachers.
  • Howard Astronomical League Observatory. (Only open for events.) Includes a 15-foot diameter dome that houses the Paul S. Watson telescope, a 12-inch Newtonian telescope originally built in 1937 and restored for use today. The observatory hosts monthly star parties and other programs coordinated between the department and the Howard Astronomical League.
  • 2 tennis courts 
  • 3 ball diamonds
  • 2 multipurpose fields 
  • 2 playgrounds 
  • 2 identical 60-person capacity picnic pavilions (first-come, first-serve basis unless reserved) 
  • Target archery range (Open Range Pass sign up required

Master Plan

The proposed Master Plan was presented to the Recreation and Parks Advisory Board on September 16, 2009. Thirty citizens attended the discussion of proposed park improvements, which include more adequate parking, new restroom facilities, storage for park equipment, a roof over the roller hockey rink, new lighting, new trails to provide a connected trail system, and small astronomical observatory. Construction at Alpha Ridge Park is complete.  The improvements include a new restroom facility, telescope observatory building and additional parking.

History & Mansion Restoration
The farm traces its beginnings to lands granted to the Talbot family in colonial times, and it was later owned by members of the Dorsey, Howard, and Weems families. In 1845, Theodorick Bland, Chancellor of Maryland (1824-1846), purchased it and named it “Blandair.” His family owned it until after the Civil War, when it changed hands a number of times, eventually becoming a dairy farm and finally a horse farm when the Smith family bought it in 1937. While the property was farmed as early as 1798, most of the existing buildings date from the mid–19th century, and include a granary, spring house, tenant houses, and the brick main house. The last residing owner, Nancy Smith, passed away in 1997 and the farm, long having ceased operations, was purchased by Howard County with assistance from the State’s Program Open Space in 1998 for use as a park. Legal challenges ensued, delaying planning efforts for the next three years. After court affirmation of the County’s ownership, repairs of the deteriorated facilities could begin. A Historic Easement was placed on 28 acres that contain the farm structures, and restoration work is underway under a separate contract with the National Park Service.

In 2001, a committee of 23 citizens was appointed to advise the County on the direction it should take in developing the park. The Blandair Planning Committee deliberated for over a year and a half, considering multiple issues regarding the park. The County commissioned several studies: a Traffic Study, a Forest Delineation Study, a Wetland Study, and a Hazardous Waste Assessment. Experts in various areas were invited to address the committee on pertinent topics.  

Three sub-committees were established to address 1) historic preservation; 2) environmental protection and nature; and 3) active recreation. Access to the park from Route 175 and other local roads, as well as bicycle and pedestrian pathways, and a highway overpass to connect the two areas of the park were discussed extensively.

The Committee determined that the North Area should feature historical interpretation, preserve natural areas, and provide predominately passive recreation and nature education. It also could provide space for occasional large outdoor gatherings. They determined that the South Area should provide more facilities for active recreation, as well as preserve its natural areas.

Three conceptual plans were created and discussed, and one concept was chosen to be modified. The final plan was presented before three public meetings, and adopted as the Master Plan in August, 2003.

The Department of Recreation and Parks is currently restoring the Blandair Mansion which will become the historical centerpiece of the future 300-acre Blandair Regional Park.

The Department of Recreation and Parks has contracted with the National Park Service (NPS), Historic Preservation Training Center to provide architectural and construction services in accordance with stringent federal and state preservation guidelines to restore the Blandair mansion. Archeological investigations have been conducted around the perimeter of the house, as a new drainage system was installed.

The NPS has installed a new metal roof, repaired existing windows and doors, repointed the brickwork, and rebuilt the front portico. Interior work on the first two floors of the mansion is starting in the Fall of 2012. Upon completion, the mansion will become the historical centerpiece of the future 300-acre Blandair Regional Park.

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Atholton Park in Columbia
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Atholton

6875 Greenleigh Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Amenities 

  • 2 tennis courts 
  • 2 playgrounds
  • 2 picnic tables
  • One small grill 
  • 3 handball/racquetball courts
  • 2 pickleball courts
  • Short paved pathway provides access to an area reforested for resource conservation and protection suitable for bird watching
  • Restroom

Master Plan
Approved 2008 Master Plan
2011 Blandair Phasing Plan

Project Schedule for Phase I, II and III 
Phase I is a 25-acre parcel in the South Area on the west side of Oakland Mills Road was constructed and opened in 2012. It contains the following amenities: 3 lighted, synthetic turf multi-purpose fields, 1 playground, 1 shelter, 1 restroom, and 1 parking lot. Click here to view Phase I of Blandair Park. The Contractor for Phase 1 was Urban Zink Construction. Phase II is a 31.4 acre parcel on the south east side of Oakland Mills Road. Construction started in April 2015. The contractor is Kibler Construction company and the project is scheduled for completion  in early 2018. This phase will contain the following amenities: 2 lighted baseball fields with bleachers and lighting, 1 playground, 1 shelter, 5 tennis courts, 1 restroom, paved paths and a parking lot. Click here to view Phase II of Blandair Park. Phase III  will begin construction in fall 2016 and will contain the maintenance building, as well as an accessible playground,a backyard games area, shelter and restrooms. Click here to view Phase III of Blandair Park.

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Belmont Manor & Historic Park in Elkridge
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Cedar Villa Heights Park in Columbia
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Cedar Villa

5750 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Amenities

  • Tennis court
  • Full basketball court
  • 2 playgrounds
  • 3 picnic tables
  • One grill
  • Paved trail
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Cypressmede Park in Ellicott City
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Cypress Mese Trail

3100 Fawnwood Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4457

Amenities

  • Ball diamond (all grass)
  • Playground
  • Tennis
  • Basketball courts
  • .7-mile natural and woodchip surface trail
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Dayton Oaks Park in Dayton
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Dayton Oaks Playground 2015

4691 Ten Oaks Road, Dayton, MD 21036

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4458

Amenities

  • 2 multipurpose fields
  • 2 ball diamonds
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Playground
  • Small community picnic shelter with 8 picnic tables is available (first-come-first-served unless previously reserved)
  • .5 mile pathway system
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Dickinson Park in Columbia
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Dickinson Park Playground

7455 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4459

  • Basketball courts
  • Ball diamond (permit use only)
  • Natural grass multipurpose field (permit use only)
  • .25-mile paved trail
  • Playground and separate swing area
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East Columbia Library Park in Columbia
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East Columbia Library Park

6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045 

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4456

Amenities 

  • 3 multipurpose fields, must be reserved by permit
  • Paved walking paths
  • Restrooms
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Font Hill Wetlands Park in Ellicott City
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Font Hill Park Bridge

3520 Font Hill Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Amenities 

  • 3 interconnecting ponds with a surrounding boardwalk 
  • Paved pathways
  • Observation areas
  • Fishing piers (fishing in large pond only)
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Guilford Park in Jessup
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Guilford Park Pond

9900 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD 20794

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4456

Amenities

  • 2 tennis courts
  • Basketball court
  • Ball diamond (permit use only)
  • Playground
  • Picnic pavilion
  • ½-acre pond
  • Gazebo
  • Fishing pier
  • .6 mile paved pathway
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Hammond Park in Laurel
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Hammond Park

10700 Glen Hannah Drive, Laurel, MD 20723 

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4459

Amenities

  • 4 tennis courts
  • Ball diamond
  • Playground
  • Picnic pavilion (first-come, first-served)
  • 1.5-mile trails
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Harwood Park in Elkridge
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Harwood Park Playground

6450 Forest Avenue, Elkridge, MD 21075 

Amenities 

  • Basketball court
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
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High Ridge Park in Laurel
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High Ridge Park Playground 2015

10100 Superior Avenue, Laurel, MD 20723

Amenities 

  • Tennis court 
  • Basketball court
  • Gazebo
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Playground
  • One mile of pathway trails
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Holiday Hills Park in Columbia
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Holiday Hills Park

10524 Vista Road, Columbia, MD 21044 

Amenities

  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • .45-mile paved path
  • Three picnic table areas
  • Playground
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Huntington Park in Columbia
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Huntington Park Playgound

9695 Clocktower Lane, Columbia, MD 21046

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4459

Amenities 

  • Ball diamond (permit use only, all grass with a backstop)
  • Multipurpose field (permit use only)
  • .2 miles of trails
  • Basketball courts
  • Playground

Planning and Development
Huntington Park renovation include a new playground, possible relocation/removal of the baseball backstop and relocation of the basketball court.

 

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Lisbon Park in Woodbine
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Lisbon Park Playground

15901 Frederick Road, Woodbine, MD 21797 

Amenities

  • Tennis court
  • Playground
  • Paved circular pathway
  • Gazebo
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Martin Road Park in Columbia
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Martin Road Park Playground

6701 Martin Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4459

Amenities 

  • Playground
  • .27 miles paved pathway
  • Picnic tables
  • Grill
  • Basketball courts
  • Multipurpose field (permit use only)
  • Restroom
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Meadowbrook Park in Ellicott City
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Meadowbrooks Aerial

5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4457

Amenities

  • 3 baseball fields
  • Open-play area
  • Large playground for all abilities
  • 2 tennis courts
  • 2 basketball courts
  • 2 picnic pavilions
  • Approximately 2.5 miles of sidewalks and pathways circling the park
  • Parking
  • Restroom facilities
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North Laurel Park in Laurel
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North Laurel Skate

9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel, MD 20723

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4456

Amenities

  • 12,000 square foot Skate Park
  • North Laurel Community Center
  • Basketball courts
  • Tennis court
  • Playgrounds
  • Pavilion
  • Ball diamond and multi-field overlay (permit use only)
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Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City
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PFi Aerial

3655 Church Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

410-313-0420

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-0421

Closed for the season
The Patapsco Female Institute is open for free history tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm, from May through November. Tours are weather permitting. For the most updated information, please call the program status line at 410-313-0421.

Select year-round availability options exist for school groups and private tours.

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Poplar Springs Park in Mount Airy
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Poplar Spring

920 Watersville Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Amenities 

  • Nature hiking trail
  • Street parking only
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Robinson Nature Center Trails in Columbia
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RNC

6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4452 (option 6)

Amenities 

  • Nature Place (outdoor playground with fun activities including creative musical tones, tunnel and more)
  • Trails
  • Exhibits
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Sewells Orchard Park in Columbia
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Sewells

6455 Sewell’s Orchard Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4451

Amenities

  • Playground
  • Picnic tables
  • 3 ponds with a .9-mile paved pathway around the perimeter
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South Branch Park in Sykesville
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South Branch Aerial

350 West Friendship Rd, Sykesville Md. 21784

Printable Park Map (coming soon)

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4451

Amenities

  • Playground 
  • Picnic pavilion
  • ADA parking lot
  • Skate park

Planning & Development
Construction is complete on the First Phase of improvements for the 7.5 acre South Branch Park, located across the Patapsco River from the town of Sykesville. New facilities include a playground and a picnic shelter, connected by a paved accessible walkway to two handicap parking spaces. The old water-tower, which had become a hazard, has already been taken down. The project is being done in conjunction with the Town of Sykesville, which has been renting and maintaining the property for the past several years under an agreement with the County. Construction has begun on the new skate park area.

In the spring, a charrette was held in the Town Hall to gather ideas from the public for the use of the historic warehouse known as the “Apple Butter Factory.” Future plans will include renovations to enable the re-use of the building, as well as provide additional parking. An existing concrete slab that is currently used for skateboarding, will also undergo future improvements as a skate-park. New amenities, such as benches and historic interpretive signage for the historic structures on the site, will also be added.

The park serves as a gateway to both Howard and Carroll Counties, and has been enjoyed for limited passive recreation since its acquisition by the County in 1994, and the addition of a small parking area, fencing and landscaping. The site is the location of several historic structures, including the Sykes House, and a Weigh Station for farm produce that was canned at the Apple Butter Factory. 

That section of the park will be closed to visitors for the duration of the construction, which will last several weeks.

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Tiber Park in Ellicott City
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8061 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4451

Amenities
Tiber Park offers several benches surrounded by mature trees to give your tootsies a rest after a day of shopping and dining in one of the many stores and restaurants downtown. After your rest, continue your exploration of historic Main Street.

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Warfield's Pond Park in Glenwood
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Warfield Park

14523 MacClintock Drive, Glenwood, MD 21738 

Amenities

  • .6 mile paved path and boardwalk around the pond
  • Pavilion
  • Playground
  • 2 tennis courts 
  • Basketball court
  • Sand volleyball court 
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Accessible fishing pier
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Waterloo Park in Elkridge
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Waterloo Park

6951 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge, MD 21075 

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4455

Amenities 

  • 2 picnic pavilions
  • Playground
  • Basketball court
  • 2 tennis courts
  • Ball field
  • Multipurpose field
  • .5 mile of paved pathway leading through the woods
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West Friendship Park in West Friendship
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Park Watch Logo clear

12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship, MD 21794 

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4451

This park was funded in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Grants.

Come visit The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum at West Friendship Park.

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Worthington Dog Park in Ellicott City
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Worthington Dog Park

The Worthington Dog Park will be closed July 12 and 13 for the removal of dead trees near the parking lot. Weather permitting, the park is expected to reopen on Wednesday, July 14.

8170 Hillsborough Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Inclement Weather/Program Status Information: 410-313-4455

Don't disappoint your dog. If it's raining or snowing, or the ground is damp, always call the Inclement Weather line 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.

Worthington 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 (see above Dog Park Application)
  • Proof of current license and rabies vaccination.

Reminders 
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.

Amenities

  • Two lower enclosures: large dog area and the small, timid, or elderly dog area. 
  • Upper enclosed area (there are also fenced areas for rent and dog training is available)
  • Benches
  • Covered shelter
  • Chairs
  • Water (available in the summer months)

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

Bark Ranger Program
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.

Additional Park Information
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Inclement Weather and Program Status Lines
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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.
  • Review the Extreme Heat Policy, which provides guidelines for staff and facilities when the National Weather Service announces a Heat Advisory or a Heat Warning.
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Park/Playground Rules & Regulations
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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

Title 19 - Recreation and Parks

Things to Remember  

  • Help to keep your parks beautiful -- please take your trash and recyclable items home. Take only pictures and leave only footprints. 
  • Dogs are prohibited on all Department of Recreation & Parks athletic fields.
  • Dogs must be secured by a leash or lead and under control of a responsible person capable of immediate and effective restraint of the animal.
  • 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.

 

Playground Rules

Our playgrounds are for all children. Please help us keep them clean and safe by observing the following:

  • No smoking
  • No food or beverages on the playground 
  • Use age-appropriate playground equipment only and for its intended purpose only 
  • Bicycles, skateboards, etc. are not permitted 
  • Pets (of any kind) are not permitted on playgrounds 
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Trail Safety Guidelines
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Please observe the following guidelines to ensure safety for yourself and all other users.

Park Regulations:

  • Park regulations are posted and must be observed.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Please clean up after your pets.
  • Please do not litter.

Paved Pathways:

  • Travel on the right at a reasonable speed and in a predictable manner.
  • Move left to pass after giving an audible warning.
  • Do not pass at blind curves. Do not pass until the trail is clear of oncoming traffic.
  • Move safely off of the paved surface when you stop. Do not stop near blind spots or curves.

Natural-Surface Trails:

  • Use restrictions do apply. Observe and obey access signs.
  • Yield right of way as follows: Mountain bikes to all users; hikers to equestrian users.

Trail Use Regulations:

  • Be courteous to other users.
  • Obey trail access restrictions and safety guidelines at all times.
  • Stay on marked trails. Trails not shown on this map are not maintained and may terminate abruptly or travel to private property.
  • Do not blaze new trails.

Check out our new Trail Planning & Management Guide 


Trail Specifications

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Boating Rules & Regulations (Centennial Lake)
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Centennial Lake is open for recreational boating March 1 through November 30Boat permits are required for all watercraft.

To Get a Boating Permit

All watercraft on Centennial Lake are required to have a boating permit for Centennial Lake. This is different from your Maryland boat registration. Only Class A boats are allowed, 16 feet in length or less, electric motors only. Includes rowboats, canoes, kayaks or rafts (rafts and inflatable canoes/kayaks must have at least three separate air chambers to be used on the lake). Sailboats must be under 14 feet in length. A life jacket must be provided for each occupant. Sailboards, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboards, inner tubes and jet skis are not permitted on the lake. Complete rules below. For information on Maryland boating requirements visit dnr.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/default.aspx All Centennial Lake boaters are subject to Maryland state boating regulations.

Daily Boat Permits are $5 per boat per visit, payable by cash only at the self-serve kiosk next to the boat launch area. Be sure to complete and save the tear off receipt from your daily permit and keep it with you while on the lake.

Annual Permits (Valid March 1 through November 30) are $55 per boat.
Annual Permit sales available by appointment only or for walk-up purchase between 6-7pm on scheduled Nite Bite Fishing dates, starts in April). Please contact Matt Medicus, [email protected] (email preferred) or 410-313-1769 to schedule a time to purchase an annual permit from the Adventure & Outdoor officeCash and credit cards are accepted for annual permit sales (no checks). Boaters may turn in up to three daily permit receipts from the current season toward the purchase of an annual permit.

Centennial Lake promotes safe boating!

Through a grant from the Sea Tow Foundation, a Life Jacket Loaner Station has been installed at the boat launch!  Forgot your PFD?  Have an extra passenger?  Grab a loaner life jacket for the day - stay safe and avoid a fine! Visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com for more information from the National Safe Boating Council on how to stay safe on the water!

Centennial Lake Boating Rules & Regulations

1. All boats must have a daily lake permit or annual permit to operate on Centennial Lake. Annual permit decal must be displayed on side of boat in a visible location.
2. All Park rules & regulations must be followed. Failure to follow rules & regulations may result in expulsion from the lake temporarily or permanently, loss of park privileges, & in addition, thereto, may be subject to criminal & civil penalties set forth in Section 19.201 of the Howard County Code.
3. All Recreation and Parks employee instructions must be followed.
4. Swimming & Eskimo rolls are NOT permitted in the lake.
5. Sailboards, windsurfing, paddle boarding, or inner tubing is NOT permitted on the lake.
6. Gas Motors are NOT permitted on the lake.
7. Sculling is NOT Permitted on the lake.
8. Feeding the wildlife is NOT Permitted.
9. All rules & regulations for safe boating must be followed. Maryland state boating regulations can be found here: dnr.maryland.gov/Boating/Pages/default.aspx
10. All anglers 16 years of age & older are required to have a Maryland Freshwater Fishing License and to conform to all fishing regulations in regard to catching or returning fish to/from the lake.
11. An approved U.S.C.G. Personal Floatation Device is required to be on board for each passenger.
12. All boats must be off the lake by sunset.

Boats may be available to rent at the boat dock located in the South area.

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Fishing Rules & Regulations
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Maryland Freshwater Fishing License is required for anglers aged 16 and up. State fishing regulations are in effect, and game fish are part of a management program to maintain a balanced population. 

Been fishing on Centennial Lake recently? Post your catch on the Maryland Angler's Log from the Maryland Dept of Natural Resources. Be sure to put Centennial Lake your location and tag us on social media with #FishCentennial!

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Field and Court Rentals
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Softball/baseball and multi-purpose fields are available by permit only. Preference is given to sports leagues and community groups. There are reservation, light and tournament fees. Call 410-313-4626 for details. Softball/baseball and multi-purpose field locations are below. Tennis courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis except during scheduled lessons or tournaments.

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Geocaching in Howard County
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All published geocaches (including letterboxes) on Howard County Recreation & Parks properties must meet policy guidelines. New and existing cache owners should review the policy and guidelines. Please fill out an application and email it to the Geocache Administrator ([email protected]).  Geocaching guidelines are subject to change. Policy modifications may warrant the relocation and/or removal of caches. 


Information
View current classes If nothing is offered currently, please check back.
For custom programs, contact Matt Medicus at [email protected]
http://www.geocaching.com/
http://www.mdgps.org/

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Wildlife
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Please do not feed the wildlifeThe park's natural habitat provides plenty of food for birds, waterfowl and wildlife to eat, and their digestive systems are not designed for a human's food. If they become dependent upon being fed, they become less able to feed themselves and multiply in an area that may not support their population. Such overcrowding causes destruction of habitat, pollution of the lake, and, ultimately, disease and starvation.

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Howard County Bird Club
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Click the link below to find out more about the Howard County Bird Club.

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Columbia Master Gardeners
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Click the link below for information about the garden plots and Columbia Gardeners.

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Community Parks and Playgrounds Grants
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Rockburn Park Playground Upgrades 8/7/2002
Cedar Lane Park Playground Upgrades 1/5/2005
Lisbon Park Playground Equipment 8/9/2006
Blandair Regional Park Design and Construction 10/3/2007
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Program Open Space (Grants Received)
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources runs the Program Open Space program that provides financial and technical assistance to local subdivisions for the planning, acquisition, and/or development of recreation land or open space areas.

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
Allenford-North Farms Park Acquisition 8/10/1988
Rockburn Branch City Park Doyle Property Acquisition 9/7/1988
Holiday Hills Park Acquisition 10/18/1989
Rockburn Park Rezai Property Acquisition 10/11/1989
Patapsco River Greenway Acquisition 10/11/1989
Patapsco River Greenway Settlers Landing Acquisition 11/1/1989
Patapsco River Greenway Southern Property Acquisition 10/11/1989
David Force Park Pedicord Property Acquisition 2/3/1993
Alpha Ridge Park Development 2/12/1992
Howard County Land Preservation & Rec.Plan - FY1995 5/11/1994
Western Regional Park Allen Property Acquisition 6/8/1994
Robinson Nature Center    Madigosky Property Acquisition 2/8/1995
Patapsco River Greenway Tisano Property Acquisition 11/29/1995
Roger Carter Neighborhood Center Development - Phase I 2/8/1995
Rockburn Park Thompson Property Acquisition 5/30/1996
West Friendship Park    Pedicord Property Acquisition 5/30/1996
Murray Hill Park Collins Property Acquisition 5/30/1996
Dayton Park Freeman Property Acquisition 5/30/1996
Warfield's Pond Community Park Development 11/27/1996
Western Regional Park Gray & Allen Properties Acquisition 2/5/1997
West Friendship Park Pendleton Property Acquisition 7/14/1999
Smith Farm Acquisition 8/5/1998
North Laurel Community Park Acquisition 1/13/1999
Holiday Hills Park Development 1/5/2000
Western Regional Park Development Phase 1 7/5/2000
Centennial Park Zaiser Property Acquisition 7/5/2000
Meadowbrook Park Development 7/19/2000
Murray Hill Park Lash Property Acquisition 7/19/2000
Troy Park Rorabaugh/White Property Acquisition 7/19/2000
Rockburn Park Gizinski Property Acquisition 2/27/2002
Troy Park Troy Hill Business Park Partnership 2/27/2002
Robinson Nature Center Robinson Property Acquisition - Instlmnt #1 1/8/2003
Troy Park Struck Property Acquisition 9/22/2004
Howard County Land Preservation & Rec.Plan - FY2005 12/15/2004
Manor Woods Park Ireland Property Acquisition 12/14/2005
Patuxent River Greenway Scaggs Property Acquisition 1/3/2007
Ellicott City Open Space Ryan Property Acquisition 10/31/2007
Font Hill Park Harkins Property Acquisition 9/12/2007
Patuxent River Greenway Heffelfinger Property Acquisition 10/31/2007
Manor Woods Park Herzog Property Acquisition 10/17/2007
Patuxent River Greenway Houchens Property Acquisition 11/28/2007
Robinson Nature Center Design and Construction 12/12/2007
North Laurel Community Park Ayers Property Acquisition 12/12/2007
Patapsco River Greenway Dobbin Property Acquisition 2/13/2008
Patuxent River Greenway Iager Property Acquisition 8/20/2008
Howard County Land Preservation & Rec.Plan - FY2011 4/2/2008
Patapsco River Greenway Lewis Property Acquisition 5/6/2009
Patapsco River Greenway Chaconas Property Acquisition 5/6/2009
Troy Park Nickel Property Acquisition 5/6/2009
Patuxent River Greenway Zirn/Collins Property Acquisition 5/6/2009
Howard County Land Preservation & Rec.Plan - FY2012 3/7/2012
Patuxent River Greenway Salas Property Acquisition 12/5/2012
Blandair Regional Park Development Phase 1 2/6/2013
Kiwanis Wallas Park Sullivan Property Acquisition 5/14/2014
Belmont Manor Historical Park Drell Property Acquisition 9/3/2014
Troy Park Construct Active/Passive Recreation Facilities 12/17/2014
Ellicott City Colored School Sands Property Acquisition 4/1/2015
Patuxent River Greenway Masback Property Acquisition 1/6/2016
Howard County Land Preservation & Rec.Plan - FY2016 4/27/2016
Belmont Manor Historical Park Johnson Property Acquisition 10/4/2017
Troy Park Development Phase 2 and 2A 3/7/2018
Howard County Land Preservation, Parks & Rec. Plan - FY18-22 6/20/2018
Patapsco River Greenway Downey Property Acquisition 7/19/2018
Blandair Regional Park Development Phase 3 12/19/2018
Troy Park  Development Phase 2A - separate number

10/2/2019

 

 

 

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