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1/12/2016 - 01.12.16 Howard County seeks nominees for annual “Community Sports Hall of Fame” READ MORE
12/9/2015 - 12.9.15 Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks receives International Best Programming Award READ MORE
12/4/2015 - 12.4.15 Centennial Lake water level to be lowered for dam repairs READ MORE
11/3/2015 - 11.3.15 Local high school students compete in 2nd annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ engineering competition READ MORE
9/2/2015 - 09.02.15 Department of Recreation & Parks Announces Deer Management Program for 2015-2016 READ MORE
7/21/2015 - 07.21.15 Executive Kittleman to open Howard Astronomical League Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE
7/10/2015 - 07.10.15 Howard County Champion Tree succumbs to Dutch elm disease at Belmont Manor and Historic Park READ MORE
7/6/2015 - 07.06.15 Executive Kittleman attends county camps to promote fitness and National Parks and Recreation Month READ MORE
7/1/2015 - 07.01.15 Howard County announces 2015 “Community Sports Hall of Fame” induction class READ MORE
6/25/2015 - 06.25.15 Executive Kittleman to open Howard Astronomical League Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park READ MORE

Howard County Parks

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. Click here for more information.

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.

Park Location Map (PDF) (Click here to see locations of all Howard County Parks) 
click here for our County GIS Interactive Map 

Park Amenities Chart (PDF) 
For written directions to our Parks Click here than click on the Recreation and Parks tab

Parks, Trails and Playgrounds   

Alpha Ridge ParkProgram Open Space  Meadowbrook Park
Atholton ParkProgram Open Space  Middle Patuxent Environmental Area 
Belmont Manor and Historic Park  North Laurel Park Program Open Space
Blandair Regional ParkProgram Open Space  Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park  
Cedar Villa Heights Park  Patuxent Branch Trail
Cedar Lane Park  Pleasant Chase Playground  
Centennial ParkProgram Open Space  Poplar Springs Park  
Clark's Glen Playground  Rockburn Branch Park  Program Open Space
Cypressmede Park  Savage Park  Program Open Space
David Force Natural Resource AreaProgram Open Space  Schooley Mill Park  Program Open Space
Dayton Oaks Park  Sewells Orchard Park   
Dickinson Park  South Branch Park  
East Columbia Library Park  Tiber Park 
Font Hill Wetlands ParkProgram Open Space  Troy Park at Elkridge  
Governors Run Playground   Warfield Pond Park Program Open Space 
Guilford Park    Waterloo Park Program Open Space 
Hammond Park  Program Open Space  Western Regional Park Program Open Space 
Harwood Park    West Friendship Park Program Open Space 
High Ridge Park  Program Open Space  Willowwood Playground  
Holiday Hills Park  Program Open Space  Wincopin Trails  
Huntington Park    Worthington Park (Dog Park)  
Lisbon Park Wyndemere Playground  
Martin Road Park  

Program Open Space = Parks funded in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Program Open Space Grants.

Are you aware that Howard County has a number of sites designated as natural resource areas? These are sites where no sports or organized athletic activities are allowed. They were set aside for the purpose of protecting and conserving the natural resources and are there for the enjoyment of those who take pleasure in passive recreational activities such as walking/hiking, bird watching, plant and animal identification, photography, etc. They all feature walking paths or trails and offer a broad variety of habitats and ecosystems for your viewing pleasure. None of the natural resource areas have restroom facilities.   

Please read over our parkland rules and regulations before visiting (click the link) Parkland Rules and Regulations  

To report a park violation, call 410-313-DIRT (3478) or email to: Tony Tanner or Kevin Vest, If you need emergency assistance, dial 911.