About Us

Our Mission

Wilde Lake Community Association was formed “to organize and operate a nonprofit civic organization, exclusively for the promotion of the health, common good and social welfare of the owners of property in, and the residents of, the Village of Wilde Lake.”

Wilde Lake Community Association is committed to supporting its mission by:

  • Administering the Wilde Lake Village Covenants which govern the exterior appearance and maintenance of properties in the Village.
  • Offering a wide variety of programs, special events and classes.
  • Advocating for Village residents in areas of interest and concern to Village residents.
  • Providing information and referral services.
  • Providing space for meetings and events at Slayton House and the neighborhood centers.

Wilde Lake Community Association is governed by an elected Board of Directors in accordance to the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and Covenants.  The Association’s daily operations are managed by the Village Manager and staff whose offices are located in Slayton House.

The Wilde Lake Village Board and Association staff  are happy to assist you with any questions, concerns or comments that you may have about the Village of Wilde Lake.

History

It All Started Here.

The Village of Wilde Lake is the “historic district” of Columbia. In 1967, ground was broken for Slayton House, the Swim Center, Wilde Lake Tennis Center and the Village Center. Houses and apartment dwellings first emerged in the neighborhood of Bryant Woods. Wilde Lake now has a diverse mix of housing, including single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and rental apartments. Other neighborhoods in the Village are Faulkner Ridge and Running Brook.

Slayton House houses the offices of Wilde Lake Community Association. It serves the community by offering a variety of classes and special events. Slayton House is a unique community center building which features a 240 seat theatre, dance studio and juried art gallery as well as several meeting rooms.

A prominent feature in the Village’s landscape is Wilde Lake, a manmade lake created by Rouse Company. Wilde Lake Park is part of the Columbia Association (CA) open space system. CA also maintains the distinctive Barn and the Boathouse on the lake’s shores as well as a tot lot and picnic area.

A plan for redevelopment of the Wilde Lake Village Center was approved by the Wilde Lake Architectural Committee and the Howard County Department Planning Board in 2012. It includes mixed use development with new residential buildings and reconfigured retail & office space. Construction started in Summer 2013 and Phase I is scheduled to be complete late Spring 2014.

Facts and Figures

By the numbers:

  • Population as of 2010 census:  4,956
  • Total Dwelling Units:  2618
  • Single Family Homes – 684
  • Townhouses – 440
  • Condos – 1,037
  • Rental Apartments – 457

The names:

Village was named for Frazar Wilde, past Chairman of the Board of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (major investor in the early days of Columbia).

  • Bryant Woods:  poet William Cullen Bryant
  • Faulkner Ridge:  writer William Faulkner
  • Running Brook & the Birches:  works of poet Robert Frost

The facilities:

  • Columbia Swim Center
  • Outdoor Pools (Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge & Running Brook)
  • Wilde Lake Tennis Club
  • Fairway Hills Golf Course
  • Wilde Lake Park
  • 11 Tot Lots
  • 7 miles of pathway