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Howard County provides an extensive array of quality leisure programs and natural park settings that benefit all of our citizens. Whether you are looking to attend a fun family event, learn a new skill, play in a sports tournament league, take a trip or enjoy our park hiking trails, our award-winning parks and programs provide something for everyone. As part of our leisure services, we also offer therapeutic recreation and licensed child care programs. Our rich diversity of offerings are a result of continually involving the community in identifying and meeting the needs of all residents..
RCCC Special Events

Roger Carter Community Center Blood Drive Thursday, May 15, 2014 2 00pm to 7 30 pm The Oella Room 3000 Milltowne Drive Ellicott City, MD 21043 To schedule you life saving donation please visit www.redcrossblood.org (Use Sponsor Code 05315475) or

Points in the Paint
Basketball tips and drills from Howard County Recreation & Parks.
Roger Carter Community Center

Pictures and information about the new Roger Carter Community Center.

Classes & Programs are offered seasonally and taught by paid staff trained by the Department of Recreation and Parks or contractors hired by the Department.   Classes and Programs include After School Sports  Instructional Saturday Leagues Basketball Soccer Tee Ball


Wincopin Trails
Widely used by avid hikers and mountain bikers, this trail system is 3.4 miles long with naturally surfaced paths. Utilizing this trail is a great way to enjoy nature in one of the most beautiful areas of Howard County, and get your exercise at the same time!
Savage Park
Savage Park offers many opportunities for discovering wildlife, wildflowers and natural history along 2.8 miles of interconnecting trails, including links to Patuxent Branch Trail and Lake Elkhorn. Don’t forget to explore the historic Bollman Truss Bridge and Savage Mill during your visit.
Patuxent Branch Trail
Trek 4.6 miles on the Patuxent Branch Trail that leads you along the Patuxent River from Lake Elkhorn in Columbia to Savage Park.
North Laurel Park
North Laurel Park is a 51-acre community park, set into a residential landscape in North Laurel, featuring 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.

Martin Road Park
The 6-acre Martin Road Park features a playground, .27 miles paved pathway, picnic tables, grill, basketball courts, and a multipurpose field. Don’t forget to bring your bicycle or roller skates to take advantage of the paved pathway!
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