2400 State Route 97
Cooksville, MD 21723
Recreation and Parks: 410-313-4840
50+ Center: 410-313-5440
Information Status Line: 410-313-4452
Call the Information Status Line daily to stay up-to-date on our operating hours, inclement weather status and open gym availability.
7 AM–9 PM, Monday-Saturday
9 AM–6 PM, Sunday
Closed in 2018: April 1, May 28, July 4, September 3, November 22-23, December 25
Closing at 5pm: December 24, December 31
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.
Inclement Weather Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Community Center will adhere to the following policy:
If Howard County Public Schools experience a one-hour delay, the Center will open at 9:30AM.
If Howard County Public Schools experience a two-hour delay, the Center will open at 10:30AM.
If Howard County Public Schools are closed, the Center will strive to open at 10:30AM.
Please call the Information Status Line, 410-313-4452, for the current operating status and changes.
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All patrons entering the facility must have a center membership or pay the drop-in rate of $5/visit, unless they are a participant in a Recreation and Parks program. The center membership gives you access to the three community centers (does not include fitness room).
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.
The Fit4U membership allows you to use our three community centers' fitness facilities and Roger Carter Community Center's pool. Center membership included!
Children, enjoy having access to the pool, gymnasium and walking track, while accompanied by a chaperone over 18 years old. Chaperone must have a valid membership or pay the drop-in rate of $5/visit.
*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
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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
Audio Visual Package available for an additional $40
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.
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.
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.
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, the center's fitness coordinator, at 410-313-4842 or email@example.com
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).
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 410-313-4842or firstname.lastname@example.org
First Thursday of each month - 1-2 PM
Forth Tuesday of each month - 5-6 PM
Personal Training Request
Fitness Room Waiver
Spring Egg Hunt: March 24
Spring Flea Market: May 5
Rental Request Form
Fitness Waiver Release Form
Personal Training Request Form
Please call the Information Status Line, 410-313-4452, for the current operating status.
Stephanie Simon, Facility Director
Heather Sites, Assistant Facility Director
Matthew Zervas, Facility Coordinator
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