Columbia’s lush green acreage is just one of the perks of living in Columbia, where nearly a quarter of the land is protected as open space. The open space provides a place for walking, fishing, bird watching, biking, picnics, family reunions and community fairs, among many other uses

Columbia Association maintains more than 3,600 acres of Columbia’s open space. This includes more than 114 miles of pathways and sidewalks for walking, biking and jogging.; 171 tot lots; 284 footbridges; three manmade lakes; 41 ponds; 34 miles of stream valleys; the 40-acre Symphony Woods; Wilde Lake Park; and the Lake Elkhorn Park and Pavilion. It also includes an extensive network of pedestrian underpasses and  overpasses, meadows, forestland, basketball courts, public tennis courts, Town Center and village center plazas located throughout the community.

Maintaining and enhancing these natural and man-made amenities is an enormous task, requiring the expertise and dedication of a diverse team from many different CA divisions, including planners, horticulturists, a landscape architect and land management and construction specialists.

Columbia Association’s Open Space Management team plans, develops, manages and maintains Columbia’s impressive green spaces. In addition, some village’s have an Open Space Committee, made up of community volunteers, who assist CA in managing the appearance of the village’s open spaces. Click here to take survey

Residents can help protect the open space. If you see downed or hazardous trees, vandalism or illegal dumping, or notice facilities that need attention, contact the open space office at 410-312-6330.

Need help navigating the pathways?

There is a CA pathway application that is available for downloading onto your mobile device via the Apple Store or Google Play Store. For more information on CA’s mobile app, click here.

You may also download electronic version of pathways map here.