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Jeff Pearce
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Columbia History

COLUMBIA’S HISTORY

Columbia is located in Howard County Maryland and is part of the Baltimore/Washington Metro area.  Since 2006 Money magazine has ranked Columbia and Ellicott City every year in the top 10 “Best places to Live” in the United States.  James Rouse founded Columbia in 1967 on the idea that a city should enhance its resident’s life.   Columbia is a planned community with 10 self-contained villages. Each village contains schools, shopping, recreation & community center, bike/walking paths and many different types of houses. Columbia streets are named after famous works of literature and art from authors such as Robert Frost & Mark Twain.

10  Villages  & Neighborhoods

Wilde Lake  Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge, Running Brook, The Birches

Harper's Choice  Longfellow, Swansfield, Hobbit's Glen

Oakland Mills  Thunder Hill, Talbott Springs, Stevens Forest

Long Reach  Phelps Luck, Jeffers Hill, Locust Park, Kendall Ridge

Owen Brown  Dasher Green, Elkhorn, Hopewell

Hickory Ridge  Clemens Crossing, Hawthorn, Clary's Forest

Dorsey's Search  Dorsey Hall, Fairway Hills

Kings Contrivance  Dickinson, Huntington, Macgill's Common

River Hill  Pheasant Ridge, Pointers Run

Town Center  Vantage Point, Banneker, Amesbury, Creighton's Run, and Warfield Triangle

 

EDUCATION

Columbia is part of the Howard county public school system www.Howard.K12.md.us

In down town Columbia, Howard county community college is located, which is now a four year university.

The Columbia & Howard county library system is consistently rated very high by HAPLR.

 

RECREATION

Recreation has always been an important part of the Columbia concept. The homeowners association, the Columbia Association, known to Columbians as "CA," builds, operates and maintains most of these facilities. CA operates a variety of recreational facilities, including 23 outdoor swimming pools, six indoor pools, two water slides, ice and roller skating rinks, an equestrian center, a sports park with miniature golf, a skateboard park, batting cages, picnic pavilions, clubhouse and playground, three athletic clubs including the 24/7 Supreme Sports Club, numerous indoor and outdoor tennis, basketball, volleyball, squash and racquetball courts, and running tracks. In February, 2006, LifeTime Fitness (a Minnesota company) opened a 24/7 health club at the edge of the Columbia Gateway industrial park. This facility includes one outdoor and two indoor pools (with water slides), racquetball courts, basketball courts, fitness equipment, and pilates and yoga facilities.

There are three lakes (Lake Kittamaqundi, Lake Elkhorn, and Wilde Lake) surrounded by parkland for sailing, fishing, and boating; 80 miles (130 km) of paths for jogging, strolling and biking; and 148 tot lots and play areas.

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