Columbia’s first dog park is expected to open this fall, providing a great space for dogs to play or relax — and for their people to join them.
In July, the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning approved the site plan for Columbia Association’s (CA) Columbia Dog Park. The CA Board of Directors has approved $135,000 in funding for the dog park, which will be located on 2.7 acres off Rivendell Lane, adjacent to the Columbia SportsPark in the village of Harper’s Choice. The Harper’s Choice Village Board has also expressed its support for the project.
This will be only the second dog park in a county that has plenty of dog lovers, a community that has made CA’s Dog Day Afternoon a popular annual event. The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks operates the Worthington Dog Park on Hillsborough Road in Ellicott City, and it is also planning on opening a dog park in Blandair Park in east Columbia.
Construction is underway. Most of the features will be complete by late September, weather permitting, and Columbia Dog Park is expected to open in late fall.
Columbia Dog Park will have a two-acre area for large dogs and 0.7 acres for small dogs. Registration requirements will be announced at a later date and are anticipated to be similar to those for Worthington Dog Park.
CA has invested more than $15 million in watershed improvements and management projects, and it continues to make comprehensive improvements as outlined in its Watershed Management Plan. Columbia Dog Park will use porous pavers for a portion of the park that will filter stormwater. In the future, CA also plans to incorporate a bio-retention facility at the lower end of the parking lot. This will capture and treat runoff from the existing parking lot as well as considerable additional surface area, both pavement and grass, that currently drains toward the planned bio-retention facility.