Howard Magazine - Page 56 - Recreation (3)

Howard Magazine
- Page 56
Recreation (3)

Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County 410-203-9590,


Western Howard County Soccer


Western Howard County Youth Baseball & Softball League


Western Howard County Warhawks (football and cheerleading)


The Y of Central Maryland in Ellicott City Dancel Family Center 410-465-4334,


Adult leagues


For adults, the competition can be as serious as the athlete, and the variety of league sports — many sponsored by the county’s Department of Recreation & Parks (— include golf, tennis, bowling, basketball, softball, kickball, badminton, cricket and ultimate disc.


For people with disabilities


The Special Olympics of Howard County involves around 800 athletes with intellectual and related developmental disabilities who compete in 20 sports, including soccer, tennis, swimming, golf, powerlifting and bocce. 410- 740-0500 or


Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services offers integrated sports and arts programs, social groups, summer support camps and community outings for those with mental or physical disabilities. 410-313-4628 or .


Many of the Columbia Association’s facilities are ADA accessible. (




The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks maintains more than 40 regional and neighborhood parks with trails, courts, sports fields, pavilions, fishing and boating. Visit for a park directory, or call 410-313-4700. To rent a pavilion, call 410-313-4682.


Maryland Park Service (800-830-3974 or ) operates two state parks with portions in Howard County. Both offer hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing and horseback riding trails. (Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, 410-461-5005; Patuxent River State Park, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, 301-924-2127)




The Columbia Association offers 23 outdoor pools, two mini water parks and indoor pools at five locations: Columbia Athletic Club (410-730-6744), Columbia Gym (410-531- 0800), Columbia Swim Center (410-730-7000), Haven on the Lake (410-715-3020) and Supreme Sports Club (410-381-5355). A number of private gyms and clubs also offer pools.


Columbia Association pools 410-312-6332,


Roger Carter Community Center 410-313-2764,


Walking paths


A 95-mile pathway system honeycombs Columbia, and there are miles of hiking trails in Patapsco Valley State Park and in Patuxent River State Park. It’s 1.9 miles around Lake Elkhorn, 1.4 miles around Wilde Lake, 2.6 miles around Centennial Lake and 1.5 mile around Lake Kittamaqundi. The county’s Department of Recreation & Parks also maintains dozens of regional and neighborhood parks with trails.