Welcome to CentennialMD.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community with information and news for Centennial Park in Howard County Maryland. This park has won three awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. It is part of Howard County's 7000+ acre scenic park system. The park is 325 acres!
This park features a 2.4-mile loop around the lake. Visitors are welcome to rent a boat, cast for fish, enjoy the colorful natural wildflower areas, watch for a diversity of birds, waterfowl, and wildlife, play a sport, or have a picnic.
Park regulations prohibit hunting, firearms, swimming, sailboarding, wind surfing, and inner tubing. Alcoholic beverages are allowed only in the pavilions by permit. Leashed pets are allowed in the park but not in picnic, playground or sports areas. Howard County law requires owners to clean up after their pets; Mutt-Mitt dispensers are located in the park.
The lake, old field, woodland and wetland ecosystems that make up Centennial Park are home to abundant wildlife. Look for great blue herons, white cattle egrets and little green herons stalking minnows among the reeds. Swallows, turkey vultures and hawks soar overhead, and kingfishers dive into the lake for fish. In summer, turtles sun themselves on logs and rocks. Cottontail rabbits nibble on grass at dawn and dusk. Red fox have been known to visit. A beaver family is building a lodge in the Wildlife Area that is blocked by a buoy line to provide safe spawning for fish and nesting sites for birds. Help protect this area by staying on the paths. What may look like weeds to you are home to all sorts of butterflies and beneficial insects. In warm months, look for colorful monarch and swallowtail butterflies and dragonflies among the wildflowers.
Please do not feed the wildlife. The park's natural habitat provides plenty 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.