Gary J. Arthur Community Center

2400 State Route 97
Cooksville, MD 21723

Main Phone: 410-313-4840
Office on Aging: 410-313-5440
Fax: 410-313-4846
Information: 410-313-4452 (updated daily with open gym time and general announcements)  
Hours: 7 AM-9 PM, Monday - Saturday; 9 AM-6 PM, Sunday (Center hours subject to change seasonally.)

The center will be closed on December 24 (at 5 PM), December 25, December 31 (at 5 PM), 2015. 

The Gary J. Arthur Community Center is a true “community facility” built to serve the growing population in the western part of the county. Located within Western Regional Park, the facility is shared by the Departments of Recreation & Parks, Health, and the Office on Aging. It features include a fitness room, commercial kitchen, double gymnasium, preschool classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, senior activity room, and much more.



Drop-In Activities

Weekly Drop-In Center Activities: Included in all membership levels and $5 Daily Drop-in fee

From June - August please call 410-313-4452 and press option 1 prior to arriving for drop-in activity availability as summer camps are in progress and the schedule changes weekly. Drop-in activity is very limited during these months.

Children 15 years and under require adult supervision in the facility. Children 12-15 years old require adult supervision in the facility, except during after-school TeenZone program (Center Membership required). For info and to confirm time, call 410-313-4840. All patrons entering the facility must pay the daily admission or have a valid membership, unless they are a participant in a Howard County Recreation & Parks program taking place at the center.

"New" Little Rascals 10AM-Noon Thursday

*This program will begin in September. Bring your little ones indoors to play with push toys, hula hoops, tunnels and other gross motor skill activities. Through interactive play children develop motor skills and social skills.

 
 Games are self-officiated and site staff will help form balanced teams and court usage. Center ID or Photo ID is required.
   
   
   
   

All patrons entering the facility must hold a valid membership with card/ID

 

Summer Camps at GJACC

 Summer Camps at Gary J. Arthur Community Center
 Registration opens February 1st
 CRAFTS & FINE ARTS  Start Date  End Date  Start Time  End Time  Program Coordinator
 RP1514.417  KidzArt Extended Day Options 8/7/2017  8/11/2017   8:00AM 9:00AM  Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1514.418  KidzArt Extended Day Options 8/14/2017 8/18/2017  8:00AM 9:00AM  Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1514.421  KidzArt Extended Day Options 8/21/2017 8/25/2017  8:00AM 9:00AM  Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1514.424  KidzArt Extended Day Options 8/28/2017 9/7/2017  8:00AM 9:00AM  Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1512.404  KidzArt: Around the World 8/7/2017 8/11/2017 9:00AM 12:30PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1512.409  KidzArt: Around the World 8/7/2017 8/11/2017 9:00AM 4:00PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1508.411  KidzArt: ArtRageous Academy Full Day 8/21/2017 8/25/2017 9:00AM 4:00PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1508.405  KidzArt: ArtRageous Academy Half Day 8/21/2017 8/25/2017 9:00AM 12:30PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1507.406  KidzArt: Caribbean Adventure 8/14/2017 8/18/2017 9:00AM 12:30PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1507.413  KidzArt: Caribbean Adventure 8/14/2017 8/18/2017 9:00AM 4:00PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1511.410  KidzArt: Secret Agent Spy Full Day 8/28/2017 9/1/2017 9:00AM 4:00PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1511.405  KidzArt: Secret Agent Spy Half Day 8/28/2017 9/1/2017 9:00AM 12:30PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1530.401  Super Doodle Art Camp with Abrakadoodle 7/31/2017 8/3/2017 9:30AM 12:00PM Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634 
 RP1531.401  Under the Sea Art Camp with Abrakadoodle 8/7/2017 8/10/2017 9:30AM 12:00PM

Danielle Bassett, 410-313-4634

 
 SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY   Start Date   End Date   Start Time   End Time   Program Coordinator
 RP1752.409  Junior Discoveries- Dinosaur Roar  7/3/2017  7/7/2017 9:00AM 1:00PM  Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681
 RP1752.408  Junior Discoveries- Gadgets and Goop  6/26/2017  6/29/2017 9:00AM 1:00PM  Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681
 RP1752.411  Junior Discoveries- Shipwrecks & Treasure Hunts  7/17/2017  7/20/2017 9:00AM 1:00PM  Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681
 RP1752.412  Junior Discoveries- Space, the Final Frontier  7/24/2017  7/27/2017 9:00AM 1:00PM  Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681
 RP1752.410  Junior Discoveries- Under the Sea  7/10/2017  7/13/2017 9:00AM 1:00PM  Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681
           
 ENRICHMENT    Start Date    End Date    Start Time    End Time    Program Coordinator
 RP1838.402  Oh la la French! Full Day  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  9:00AM 3:00PM  Scott Corning 410-313-4622
 RP1838.422 Oh la la French! Half Day  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  9:00AM 12:00PM  Scott Corning 410-313-4622
 RP1815.410  Chess Camp Full Day  8/21/2017  8/25/2017  9:00AM 4:00PM  Scott Corning 410-313-4622
 RP1815.430  Chess Camp Half Day AM  8/21/2017  8/25/2017  9:00AM 12:00PM  Scott Corning 410-313-4622
 RP1815.450  Chess Camp Half Day PM  8/21/2017  8/25/2017  1:00PM 4:00PM  Scott Corning 410-313-4622
 RP1714.451  Bricks4Kidz LEGO Brick Detective Mysteries Camp  8/21/2017  8/25/2017  9:00AM 12:00PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1740.452  Bricks4Kidz LEGO: Jurassic Bricks Camp  8/21/2017  8/25/2017  1:00PM 4:00PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1702.404  Creative Magic Camp  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  8:30AM 4:30PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1702.414  Creative Magic Camp  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  9:30AM 2:30PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1777.403  Play-Well Teknologies: Intro to STEM with LEGO®  8/28/2017  9/1/2017  9:00AM 12:00PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1780.401  Play-Well TEKnologies: Jedi Engineering  6/19/2017  6/23/2017  9:00AM 12:00PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1780.411  Play-Well TEKnologies: Jedi Master Engineering  6/19/2017  6/23/2017  1:00PM 4:00PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP1776.413  Play-Well TEKnologies: STEM Challenge w/LEGO  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  1:00PM 4:00PM  Adam Wienckowski, 410-313-4714
 RP6971.401  Preschool Adventures Mini Camp  5/22/2017  6/8/2017  9:30AM 1:00PM  Cindy Ochs, 410-313-4681
             
 SPORTS    Start Date    End Date    Start Time    End Time    Program Coordinator
 RP7006.401  Planet Recreation  8/7/2017  8/11/2017  7AM   6PM  Greg Meyd, 410-313-1162
 RP7006.404  Planet Recreation  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  7AM   6PM  Greg Meyd, 410-313-1162
 RP7006.421  Planet Recreation Extended Care  8/7/2017  8/11/2017  7AM   6PM  Greg Meyd, 410-313-1162
 RP7006.423  Planet Recreation Extended Care  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  7AM   6PM  Greg Meyd, 410-313-1162
 RP7006.427  Planet Recreation Extended Care  8/7/2017  8/11/2017  7AM   6PM  Greg Meyd, 410-313-1162
 RP7006.429  Planet Recreation Extended Care  8/14/2017  8/18/2017  7AM  6PM  Greg Meyd, 410-313-1162
 RP7663.401  Judson Lincoln Running Camp: Cross Countr  7/17/2017  7/21/2017  9AM 4:30PM  Carson Nickell, 410-313-4720
 RP7891.411  Volleyball Academy  7/17/2017  7/21/2017  9AM 4PM  Carson Nickell, 410-313-4720
RP7891.412   Volleyball Academy  7/17/2017  7/21/2017  9AM 12PM  Carson Nickell, 410-313-4720
 RP7891.413  Volleyball Academy  7/17/2017  7/21/2017  1PM 4PM  Carson Nickell, 410-313-4720

Memberships

Center Memberships (for all ages)

The Center Membership gives you access to three community centers including Roger Carter, Gary J. Arthur, and North Laurel Community Center. These memberships provide patrons access to the gymnasium and walking track only. All patrons entering the facility must have a center membership or pay the daily admission rate, unless they are a participant in a Recreation & Parks program.  

Membership Individual Resident Individual Non-Resident
Annual Youth 4-15yrs* $25 $50
Annual Adult 16+ $25 $50
Annual 50+ Free Free
Card Replacement $10 $10

Go50+ Memberships (for ages 50+)

The Go50+ membership packages are designed to enhance the quality of life for the 50+ adult population that lives, works and plays in Howard County. Howard County Recreation & Parks and Office on Aging & Independence partnered together to provide packages that are designed to give individuals access to meet their health and wellness needs.

Membership Resident / Couple Non-Resident / Couple
Annual Fitness $75 / $140 $100 / $190
Annual Fitness/ Pool $175 / $325 $225 / $425

Fit4U Memberships (for age 13-49)

The Fit4U Membership gives you access to three community centers including Roger Carter, Gary J. Arthur, and North Laurel Community Center. These memberships provide patrons access to the fitness and aerobics/dance rooms at open (non-class) times, use of the gymnasiums during open and drop-in programs, access to the game rooms, and access to the pool at Roger Carter. There are also discounts on center activities and events.(for ages 3-49)

Membership Individual Rate Two or More
12 Month* $300 5% off
6 Month* $180 5% off
3 Month* $105 5% off
1 Month* $40 5% off

Youth Fit4U Memberships (for age 3-12)

The Fit4U Membership gives you access to three community centers including Roger Carter, Gary J. Arthur, and North Laurel Community Center. These memberships provide patrons access to the fitness and aerobics/dance rooms at open (non-class) times, use of the gymnasiums during open and drop-in programs, access to the game rooms, and access to the pool at Roger Carter. There are also discounts on center activities and events.(for ages 3-49)

Membership Individual Rate
12 Month** $85 5% off Two or More
6 Month** $55 5% off Two or More
3 Month** $35 5% off Two or More
1 Month** $15 5% off Two or More

*Must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old at all times; exceptions during Teen Zone.
**Permitted use of pool, gymnasium and walking track. 
*** Only valid at GJACC, NLCC, and HC 50+ Centers




Rentals & Party Packages

Many areas of the Gary J. Arthur Community Center are available for rent during operating hours. Rental areas can be used for parties, special events, business meetings, and other activities. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and a Facility Rental Request Form is required to check for availability. All requests are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. A Rental Resource Guide is available for Download to provide additional information or call the Center Front Desk at 410-313-4840. The center is open daily from 7am-9pm M-Sa and 9am-6pm on Sundays, staff are able to provide a tour of the building and provide additional information about the specific amenities GJACC has to offer.

Haymeadow

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
20 $40 $50 $30

The Haymeadow room is a small (500sf) room conveniently located to the main lobby, ideal for small birthday parties, meetings or breakout space for larger events. The room is light filled with multiple windows and is equipped with wall mounted dry erase board and electric projector screen.

Lisbon

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
20 $40 $50 $30

The Lisbon room is the ideal room for small meetings needing privacy and projector use. Equipped with dry erase board, projection screen, oversized wall mounted whiteboard. Ideal for meetings and event breakout room.

Annapolis Rock

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
20
$30 $40 $20
 

Patapsco

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
40 $50 $60 $40
 The Patapsco room is fully carpeted room with 14’ high ceilings. It has easy access to the side auxiliary parking lot and equipped with an oversized whiteboard, projector screen and countertop with sink.

Cooksville Multipurpose 

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
50 $50 $60 $40
100 $100 $120 $80
150 $150 $180 $120
 The rooms (I,II,III) can be combined to create a space that is large and spacious with a total seating capacity banquet stile of 150 chairs or sectioned off to create three equal sized rooms with a seating capacity of 50. The rooms are lit by suspended from the 14’ ceilings with pendent lights and large oversized windows facing the sunset in the evening. An outdoor patio is accessible with picnic table seating and maintained grass area.

West Friendship 

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
50 $60 $70 $50
The West Friendship room has easy access to the side auxiliary parking lot with dedicated privet entrance. A kitchenette is equipped with refrigerator, Dishwasher, sink and ample counter space. Additionally private accessible restrooms are available within the room.

Dayton 

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
50 $50 $60 $40
The Dayton Arts and Crafts Room is naturally lit by multiple windows facing the rear open space of the center. Equipped with two sink areas with ample counter top space, dry erase boards. Ideal for group projects, team parties, birthday celebrations and meetings.

Brighton 

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
50 $60 $70 $50

The Brighton room is a kid-friendly large space with multiple wall sized windows, easy access to the playground, and reading/entertainer bench. Two countertop areas with sinks and refrigerator available along with both private youth and adult bathroom within the room. Youth sized furniture available. Ideal for children’s birthday parties & celebrations.  

Gym 

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
1 Full Court
$75 $85 $65
 2 Full Court $150  $170  $130 
A 15,500-square-foot open space to accommodate special events, expos/trade shows, seminars, and multiple sports. Able to hold 1,500 people and equipped with ceiling-suspended surround sound with wireless microphone. Form your next basketball practice or volleyball tournament to a fundraiser or after prom, we can accommodate it all. 

• 1/14-mile, three-lane track

• Six-row bleacher seating on each court

• Synthetic multi-use flooring system

• Configurable for two in-floor volleyball courts or two full-court basketball games

• Configurable for four half-court basketball games (total eight hoops available)

• Retractable ceiling dividers allow for a large open space or partitioned spaces

Courtyard

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
40 $65 $75 $55
The Courtyard is located in the center of the Community Center. Well maintained seasonal foliage with rock river hardscape and in ground lighting for nighttime use. Furnished with outdoor teak tables, chairs, and benches or event chairs can be used. A great outdoor, relaxed setting for any event/occasion.

Play Ground

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
20 $40 $50 $30
 

Kitchen

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
10 $30 $40 $20
Is equipped with Commercial kitchen equipment with multiple deep sinks, refrigerators, freezers, plenty of counter/prep area, and a 300lb ice maker. With a catering license, use of gas stove, oven, and steam table and cooling bar is permitted. A large roll up window allows easy access to the multipurpose rooms.

Lounge

Capacity Resident Rate Per Hour Nonresident Rate Per Hour Nonprofit Rate Per Hour
10 $30 $40 $20
The Lounge is a quiet relaxing area with electric ignited gas fire place. Multiple windows provide natural light and a view of the centers Courtyard. Furnished with multiple lounges chairs, couches. Fantastic extra space for large events.

Auxiliary Parking

Capacity Resident Rate Per 8 Hour Nonresident Rate Per Day Nonprofit Rate Per Day
90 Spaces $250 $250 $250
 

*Audio Visual Package available for an additional $40

Party Packages
Let us host your next occasion to create a memorable experience. Packages offer a variety of themes to decorate your party room. All party packages include table cloths, a center piece, plates, napkins, cups and eating utensils for 20 guests, fees applied for additional guests. Party times are scheduled depending on room availability. For more information about packages options or to request a party package visit Party Package Flier.

Security Deposit

A security deposit is required at the time the rental reservation is made. The security deposit will be refunded after the event provided there are no violations of the Rental Agreement. At the conclusion of the rental, a walk through will be performed with the organizer.

Rental Agreement

Full payment of the rental fee is due within one (1) month of the event in order to finalize the Rental Agreement. If request is made with less than one (1) month before the event, full payment is due at the time of reservation. The Rental Agreement outlines the rental terms, policies, procedures, and fees. For larger events that require a significant payment, scheduled payments may be arranged with the Community Center Director.

General Setup & Cleanup

Your rental reservation must include your setup and cleanup time. The organizer is responsible for removal of all decorations and trash. The Gary J. Arthur Community Center will provide general setup of all rental events; however, if the setup or breakdown requires additional staff to be scheduled, the rental organizer will be responsible for the cost. The organizer is required to be on site during the rental. If additional equipment is needed for the rental event (tables, chairs, audio-visual, etc.) the rental organizer is responsible for making arrangements for rental of these items once they have been approved by facility management.

Fitness

The Gary J. Arthur Community Center periodically offers fitness and nutrition workshops, health and wellness events, and orientations for new equipment. For more information on any of the opportunities listed below, contact Sara Schwab , Fitness Coordinator, at 410-313-4842 or sschwab@howardcountymd.gov

13 yrs + / Ongoing after Jan 11 Introductory prices below
Each 30-minute session is customized to fit your individual needs and abilities. Private training sessions are one participant to one trainer; semi-private sessions are up to three participants to one trainer. Sessions are non-transferrable. Registration for sessions is first-come, first-served. All sessions must be scheduled at the time of registration.

1 Private 30 minute session $45
1 Private 60 minute session $75
4 Private 30 minute session $160
4 Group 30 minute session $240
8 Private 30 minute session $299
8 Group 30 minute session $459*
*Maximum of three participants for Group sessions (must register together).

Meet The Trainer

For Fit4U and GO50+ Fitness Members
Do you have questions about the fitness equipment? Want to learn more details about upcoming workshops? Need some suggestions on how to achieve your personal goals? Contact Sara Schwab to sign up for the next meeting time, at 410-313-2763 or sschwab@howardcountymd.gov

First Thursday of each month - 1-2 PM
Forth Tuesday of each month - 5-6 PM

Forms / Resources

Personal Training Request
Fitness Room Waiver

Events & Programs at the Center

 

         

2017 Center Events

Register online for Spring Center Events NOW!!!

Check out every program offered at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center and register online today!!!

Fall Flea Market & Vender Fair: September 9th

Halloween (1 Mile) Fun Run: October 28th

Truck-Or-Treat: October 28th

45th Holiday Mart: December 2nd

Teen Lock-In: December 8th

Snowflake Ball: January 2018 TBA

Indoor 5K: January 2018 TBA

Spring Egg Hunt: April 2018 TBA

Contact Information:

Stephanie Simon, Facility Director
410-313-4844
ssimon@howardcountymd.gov

Heather Sites, Assistant Facility Director
410-313-4845
hsites@howardcountymd.gov

Matthew Zervas, Facility Coordinator
410-313-4835
mzervas@howardcountymd.gov

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