Discovering Parks & Open Spaces

Blandair Regional Park

Blandair Park, now open to the public, encompasses 25 acres. Once the final phase is complete, the park will be 300 acres. Amenities now available include three lighted synthetic turf multipurpose fields, press boxes and bleachers, along with a playground and a parking lot.

5750 Oakland Mills Road Columbia, MD 21045410-313-4700Visit website »View location »

Centennial Park

Centennial Park has won awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. The 337-acre park features a spectacular, man-made lake, a 2.6-mile paved pathway that meanders around the lake and 7.3 miles of interconnecting paved pathway. Included are 9 picnic pavilions, and 3 picnic areas. From late spring through early fall, boats are available for rent at the General Store/Boat Rental Office located in the park’s South area.

10000 Route 108 Ellicott City, MD 21042410-313-7271Visit website »View location »

Columbia Association

More than 3,500 acres of open space and neighborhood amenities such as pools, fitness centers, recreation centers, lakes, parks and walking, jogging and biking pathways.

10221 Wincopin Circle Suite 100Columbia, MD 21044410-715-3000Visit website »View location »

Friends of the Whipps Cemetery & Memorial Gardens

One-acre historical garden-park cemetery (1832 – 1915) with a self-guided walking tour featuring small gardens with many native trees and shrubs, featuring rose garden, butterfly garden, and herb garden

3651 St. John's Lane Ellicott City, MD 21042410-274-7795Visit website »View location »

Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks

Regional, community, and neighborhood parks containing sports facilities, recreation centers and areas, nature centers, scenic outdoor trails and more; offers an extensive range of recreational programs, activities and special events.

7120 Oakland Mills Road Columbia, MD 21046410-313-4700Visit website »View location »

Meadowbrook Park

This 77-acre park features three baseball fields; an open-play area; a large playground for all abilities; two tennis courts; two basketball courts; two picnic pavilions; and approximately 2.5 miles of sidewalks and pathways, plus a 2.5-mile loop circling the park, parking, landscape, and restroom facilities.

5001 Meadowbrook Lane Ellicott City, MD 21043410-313-4700Visit website »View location »

North Laurel Park

This 51-acre community park, which is set into a residential landscape in North Laurel, features something for everyone seeking outdoor fun. Park amenities include a 12,000 square foot Skate Park, basketball courts, tennis court, playgrounds, pavilion, ball diamonds and sports fields.

9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd. Laurel, MD 20723410-313-0390Visit website »View location »

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the heritage and natural resources of the Patapsco River Valley through educational and recreational programs and activities.

P.O. Box 96 Ellicott City, MD 21041410-480-0824Visit website »

Patapsco Valley State Park

Nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery, the park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, with 16,043 acres and eight developed recreational areas.

8020 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21043410-461-5005Visit website »View location »

Rockburn Skills Park

The 450-acre Rockburn Branch Park includes 7.4 miles of trails; scenic woodlands, marshes and stream valleys; several multipurpose athletic fields, ball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts and two playgrounds; an 18-hole disc golf course; three courses for riders of varying skill levels; a rock-armored climbing trail; a pump track; picnic pavilions; and more

6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd Elkridge, MD 21075Visit website »View location »

Savage Park

Savage Park offers many opportunities for discovering wildlife, wildflowers and natural history along 2.8 miles of interconnecting trails. The Park offers recreational areas such as 5 ball diamonds; 2 basketball courts; 2 horseshoe pits; a picnic pavilion; a mini-soccer field; a multi-purpose field; 4 lighted tennis courts, 2 volleyball courts, and a playground. Don’t forget to explore the historic Bollman Truss Bridge and Savage Mill during your visit.

8400 Fair Street Savage, MD 20763410-313-4700Visit website »View location »

Schooley Mill Park

Schooley Mill Park offers a wide variety of habitats including wetlands, woodlands, and meadows. Wildlife thrive in these meadows that are maintained in a natural state to provide food, cover, and nest sites. 4.6 miles of trails provide an excellent way to discover the natural side of Schooley Mill Park. The park also includes 3 ball diamonds, 2 basketball courts, 2 multi-purpose fields, an indoor facility, 4 tennis courts and an equestrian ring.

12975 Hall Shop Road Highland, MD 20777410-313-4700Visit website »View location »

Western Regional Park

You have an invitation to the rich, scenic countryside! There is plenty to keep you entertained at this 190 acre park. Enjoy 4 premium grass multi-purpose sport fields, 2 lighted synthetic turf fields, tennis courts and a playground. There are also 5 ball diamonds, 3 lighted baseball fields and 2 basketball courts. As an added bonus, the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood and the Library are only a stone’s throw away!

14800 Carrs Mill Road Woodbine, MD 21723410-313-4700Visit website »View location »