CAMOM Playground Guide

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Alpha Ridge Centennial Park South Hammond Park Lisbon Park Savage Park
Atholton Park Centennial Park West Harmons Park Martin Road Park Schooley Mill Park
Blandair Park Clarks Glen Harwood Park Meadowbrook Park Sewells Orchard
BWI Airpark Cypressmeade Park High Ridge Park North Laurel Community Center Warfield Pond Park
Cedar Lane Park East Dayton Oaks Park Holiday Hills   Waterloo Park
Cedar Lane Park West Dorsey Hall Huntington Park Pleasant Chase Western Regional Park
Cedar Villa Heights Park Dickinson Park Kiwanis Wallas Park Rockburn Branch Park Willowwood Park
Centennial Park East Governors Run Lake Elkhorn Tot Lot Rockland Arts Center  
Centennial Park North Guilford Park Lake Waterford Park    

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Alpha Ridge
Location
11685 East Old Frederick Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Atholton Park
Location
6875 Donleigh Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Blandair Park
Location
5750 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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BWI Airpark (Thomas A. Dixon Observation Area)
Location
Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
12-18 inch tall barricade with one small opening
Member Comment
Great place to take little ones in strollers and walk the BWI trail. The playground is do-able with toddlers, but if yours are running, I would suggest bringing another set of hands/eyes to help. The whole play area is covered with mulch and there are barricades surrounding it (one small opening) so it is OK for new walkers.
Member Comment
This park sits very near one of the BWI airport runways and it's very exciting (and loud!) to watch the planes fly so close as they take off or land. The park's parking lot is often close to full with observers watching the planes. It's a great place to take the kids before or after picking someone up at the airport. Definitely a fun and exciting destination for kids and adults!

Cedar Lane Park East
Location
10725 Route 108, Columbia, MD 21044
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Cedar Lane Park West
Location
5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Recently renovated!
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Cedar Villa Heights Park
Location
8361 Lincoln Drive Jessup, MD 20794
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Centennial Park East
Location
Woodland Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Centennial Park - North
Location
9801 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
None
Member Comment
has a bunch of squash courts that are rarely in use. They are right behind a tot playground (with the nice playground carpet) and small apparatus. There is a small wall which can be a deterrent (to keep them in) or a challenge (to climb over) depending on your kids.


Centennial Park - South
Location
10000 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
None
Member Comment
the apparatus is very challenging and dangerous for tots; always crowded avoid unless you have help



Centennial Park West
Location
Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
Partially enclosed by a fence with 2 openings
Member Comment
There are about 6 tennis courts, a couple basketball courts and a sand pit volleyball pitch.  The playground area is fenced in with 2 openings - one at either end but it was certainly small enough to keep track of the wee ones. We were pleasantly surprised that this park was so empty considering how crowded the park was overall.  There was a soda vending machine there and someone said there were bathrooms as well, but we didn't use them so I can't vouch for location or cleanliness.
Member Comment
not as tot-ish, but somewhat confined and fairly easy for Mom to get around. Mulch covering ground.



Clarks Glen
Location
12280 Wake Forest Drive, Clarksville, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Cypressmeade Park
Location
3100 Fawnwood Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Yes - 1 of each
Enclosure
None - except on tennis courts
Member Comment
Has completely fenced in tennis courts which are good during the week (when you are likely to find the courts empty) to let toddlers run around with balls/ride on toys.  Playground is small and while it does have two of the small slides for little people, is more conducive to the 3+ range who are able to climb and understand heights.  Adjacent to the parking lot is a ball field which I've never seen anyone but dog walkers on.  Good for running around, playing ball, flying a kite.  No restrooms, just port-o-potty.  Swings get some shade but the play set is mostly sunny.



Dayton Oaks Park
Location
4691 Ten Oaks Road, Dayton, MD 21036
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Dickinson Park
Location
Eden Brook Drive, Columbia, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
2 standard, 2 toddler
Enclosure
No, but far from road - down long steep path and grassy areas all around other sides.
Member Comment
I'd add that the pictured did not capture that they specifically have two separate apparatuses - one for toddlers and one for 5-9 year olds. The small one has a purple dinosaur on it with solid closed steps to two side by side slides perfect for my 18 month olds (i actually made myself a log flume and went safely down with both of them together). All rubber "mulch". Port a pot

Dorsey Hall
Location
4649 Columbia Rd, Ellicott City, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Yes - 2 toddler and 4 standard swings
Enclosure
None
Member Comment
This is a tot lot that caters to the littlest of tots as well as early elementary school-aged children. There is some bigger apparatus, but not huge and unmanageable for parents. There is a basketball court which is great for playing ball or playing with push toys. The sandbox is always a big hit, so be sure to bring some sand toys.
Member Comment
This a great playground with 2 different areas for your kids to play. The sandbox and the merry go round are probably the biggest hits for most kids because you don't find either at too many playgrounds these days. However, there is minimal shade so it does get very hot on sunny days.


Governors Run
Location
Governors Run, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Guilford Park
Location
9900 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD 20794
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
two standard swings
Enclosure
not enclosed but surrounded by trees. A parking lot and large drainage ditch separate the playground from the road.
Member Comment
The apparatus is mostly for the 3+ age group, but it BAKES in the sun. It is so hot you can barely touch the equipment. It has mulch flooring and a port-a-potty. There is a pretty nice path though that follows along a small pond, several ball fields, and a basketball court (which can be very crowded late in the day). It also seems to be a popular place to practice your golf swing.


Hammond Park
Location
10700 Glen Hannah Drive, Laurel, MD 20723
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
THere is a 3 foot stone wall surrounding the playground, but there are 3 openings spread around.
Member Comment
This is a new playground. When you look at the satellite map on google (above) it shows an empty spot where the playground now resides. There is one playground for younger toddlers that has some fun climbing apparatus and another playground for older kids with a few openings that may be difficult for younger toddlers. If your toddlers are aware of the dangers, they will have fun on the very high slides at this playground. There is also an elephant statue, a pavilion with lots of picnic tables, multiple fenced in tennis courts and a baseball field. Shade is very limited on the playground, but there are a few small seats under the equipment that are in the shade. This is a very fun playground and relatively manageable for multiple children and one adult - thanks to the stone wall around the perimeter.



Harmons Park
Location
7551 Teague Road, Hanover, MD 21076
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
1 toddler, 1 special needs, and 2 standard
Enclosure
No- but surrounded by tennis/bball courts, a pavilion, a walking path, and a fence on one side
Member Comment
Although there is no enclosure, the courts surrounding provide an effective obstacle to slow (multiple) toddlers down.


Harwood Park (Elkridge Tot Lot)
Location
6450 Forest Avenue, Elkridge, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
2 special needs & 2 standard swings
Enclosure
Partially - it is surrounded by woods with a fence blocking the train tracks on one side.
Member Comment
There are actually 2 separate playgrounds here. One for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12. The 2-5 playground is great for any kid(s) who love trains. The 5-12 playground is great until you get up to the area where the curved slide is (see photo). It is VERY high and quite scary for kids under 5 in my opinion. For that reason alone, I would suggest taking some help to this park. However, if you kids are able to sense danger or fear, then it wouldn't be an issue because otherwise this is a GREAT playground with quite a few pieces of apparatus that I have never seen at other locations.

High Ridge Park
Location
10,100 Superior Avenue, Laurel, MD 20723
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Holiday Hills
Location
10524 Newberry Dr Columbia, MD 21044
Asphalt path to park is just before cul de sac at the end of
Newberry.  Look for the wooden bridge and follow that to the park.
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Yes - 2 toddler and 6 standard swings
Enclosure
No - buy mostly surrounded by trees
Member Comment
This is Howard County’s hidden gem. It is almost always empty and is nestled in a neighborhood behind houses - far away from roads. It is a rather large park. There is tot-specific equipment and school-aged equipment. However, the school aged equipment can be negotiated fairly easily by older tots and parents.
Member Comment
For us its one of the farther playgrounds but well worth it!  I highly recommend checking it out.
Other park features:  fenced in tennis court, side by side half
basket ball courts.  Both make nice areas for ride on toys.  A beach volleyball court so for kids a HUGE sandbox (provided no one is using it)--be sure to bring some sand toys.
3.  One bench gets shade and there are a few areas of shade where you could sit and cool off.  Be sure to bring water.  There are no bathroom facilities so potty before you go!

Huntington (Kings Contrivance) Park
Location
Clocktower Lane, Columbia, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
one toddler, one handicapped, two standard swings
Enclosure
Not enclosed but not near a road.
Member Comment
This is actually behind two apartment/condo complexes, so it is hard to see from the road. It was recently redone meeting ADA requirements, with really nice playground carpet surface.
My children loved this playground. There were two apparatus - one for toddlers, one for standards. Both had rock walls and slides and tons to climb on. A football/soccer/lacrosse field is next to it for running and a CA path is next to it. There was a place for a port-a-potty but it was empty when we went.

Kiwanis Wallas Park
Location
3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
yes - COMPLETELY fenced in
Member Comment
This is the ONLY completely fenced in playground that is perfect for young toddlers. I think it is perfect for ages 1-3.

Lake Elkhorn Tot Lot
Location
NEED ADDRESS
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Yes - 2 toddler and 6 standard swings
Enclosure
None
Member Comment
This is a nice tot lot that is always busy. There is smaller apparatus for small tots and some larger equipment for older tots and early elementary children. The apparatus is easily negotiated by parents for assistance. However, the park is situation between Cradlerock (a somewhat busy road) and Lake Elkhorn. So you may want to avoid this park if you have multiple wandering toddlers unless you have parent-on-child coverage.


Lake Waterford Park (AA County)
Location
9830 Pasadena Road, Pasadena, MD 21122
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
4 special needs, 2 bucket, and 4 standard swings
Enclosure
Yes - completely surrounded by a fence with one opening in the front and a hidden opening in the back (but it opens up to the woods)
Member Comment
This is a GREAT park for early walkers, toddlers, and preschool children! The playground is pretty large so if your kids are wanderers, it might be easier to bring help but it is one of the few parks that I personally go to alone with my now 2.5 year old very active boys. The playground is nestled in the back of the woods with pavilions and picnic tables. There are bathroom facilities (NOT porta-potties!) and playing fields (which are currently under construction to become  a new adaptive recreation athletic field.


Lisbon Park
Location
15901 Frederick Road, Lisbon, MD 21765
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Martin Road Park
Location
6701 Martin Road, Columbia, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Meadowbrook
Location
5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
None
Member Comment
This is the metropolis of playgrounds. There is a tot area and an area that is suitable for elementary school kids. The apparatus is HUGE. The park is usually crowded. It is best to avoid this park with small tots for a few reasons. Inevitably they will want to meander over to the bigger apparatus. On it, there are many of high and dangerous drops as well as plenty of standards running around. If you go to this park, ensure you have parent-on-kid coverage for all tots....and watch your head!
   



North Laurel Community Center
Location
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Pleasant Chase Playground
Location
8364 Wades Way, Jessup, MD 20794
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Rockburn Branch Park
Location
6105 Rockburn Branch Park Road, Elkridge, MD 21075
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Yes - 2 of each
Enclosure
None - but is located in the very back of the park with mostly paths & trees surrounding
Member Comment
somewhat confined and easy for Mom to get around, playground carpet
Member Comment
There are 2 playgrounds here which might be hard to handle younger toddlers that do not have any fear of openings (with fire poles and such). However, if your multiple toddlers can either stay at the toddler-friendly playground OR understand they should avoid the more dangerous openings, this is a GREAT playground! I would highly recommend this playground for infants who aren't walking to use the swings and for toddlers over 2 years of age who listen or understand when Mommy says "No, that's dangerous". It is nice and shaded and also has basketball/tennis courts leading up to it. If your kids aren't walking yet, you should definitely plan to bring a stroller because the playground/swings are located up a walking trail/path from the parking lot(s).
Member Comment
Not tot-specific, but there is a tot area. The larger apparatus is not overly challenging, and it is easy for parents to get around. This is a good park from young tots through early elementary school-aged children. All of the apparatus is somewhat confined in a natural bowl-like area. It is set back behind the basketball courts and is somewhat shaded.


Rockland Arts Center Playground
Location
8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Savage Park
Location
8400 Fair Street, Savage, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
2 toddler and 2 standard swings
Enclosure
surrounded on three sides by a low brick wall. The fourth side opens into a concession/bathroom area.
Member Comment
The playground is at the end of a residential street in Savage, not far from Savage Mill. Not much traffic and a playground carpet surface. The apparatus has a toddler part and a standard part. It is probably slightly older than some other equipment but very enjoyable. We usually have it to ourselves. There are picnic tables, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and a trail head for the Patuxent Branch Trail, which ends at Lake Elkhorn.

Schooley Mill Park
Location
12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
2 toddler and 2 standard swings
Enclosure
Has a low brick wall at least on the side of the parking lot. Mulch surface.
Member Comment
We have only been once and it was quite busy. There were two apparatus - one toddler, one standard. They also had two of those bouncy horses. There were bathrooms and a nice picnic area. Ball fields were on one side and plenty of paths and green space to explore. This is the park with a horse ring at the entrance.

Sewells Orchard Park
Location
6455 Sewells Orchard Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Warfield Pond Park
Location
3440 Shady Lane, Glenwood, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
 
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Waterloo Park
Location
Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge, MD
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
None
Enclosure
There is a cement barricade surrounding the playground that varies from 6 to about 24 inches in height. This could be perfect for early walkers. The playground equipment is probably best for ages 2 and up but the barricade makes the area do-able with younger toddlers. There are a few pieces of playground equipment that younger toddlers could navigate with help. There are also 2 pavilions with multiple tables, 2 fenced-in courts, and a walking path as alternatives to the playground. It is located at the end of Old Waterloo Road just past Deep Run Elementary School with LOTS of parking available.

Western Regional Park
Location
14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine, MD 21723
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
Four of each
Enclosure
Fully Enclosed by a fence
Member Comment
2 playgrounds - one for little and one for bigger kids
Member Comment
Completely fenced in, with gates that can be closed. Fairly large area, with a small climber for smaller kids and a big climber for bigger kids. Regular swings and toddler swings. Has some high openings in both climbers for things like fireman's pole, etc. Possibly do-able with one parent, but can be stressful if the kids separate and you're worried about them jumping out of high openings in climbers, or running in front of swings. Gets crowded with standards when school is out, but often pretty empty on weekday mornings and early afternoons.
Member Comment
You could walk from the library but its across fields and a bit of a distance if carting loads of kid stuff.  Excellent to combine a trip to the library for story time then pack a lunch for a picnic and playing at the park afterwards. The best time to visit is in the spring since the playground doesn't get any shade. The playground is completely fenced, has toddler and standard climbing apparatuses. I believe 4 bucket swings and 4 regular swings. Closest bathrooms are in the library. Newer playground with the soft rubber surface. Very nice but very hot in the sunny days of summer. I've often used towels, small blankets, burpie cloths or jackets in my car to put on the black rubber swings so they don't burn little bottoms!



Willowwood Playground
Location
6542 Wesley Lane, Elkridge, MD 21075
Toddler Swings and/or Standard Swings
1 of each
Enclosure
Surrounded by woods and a wooden fence blocking the street.
Member Comment
This is a great small playground to take younger toddlers. It is very quiet and shaded so perfect for a hot summer day. Parking is very very limited but is conveniently located right on the street beyond the fence (the photo shows the top of the fence).