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Gary J. Arthur Community Center

2400 MD 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

Contact Us

Main Phone: 410-313-4840 

Fax: 410-313-4846

Information Status Line: 410-313-4452 (opt. 1)


The center's operating hours, amenities and the number of people able to access the facility are currently restricted to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff.

At the present time, access to the center's fitness room, gymnasium and game room is allowed by appointment-only.

Please review our COVID - Guest Expectations (tab below) prior to scheduling an appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Front Desk at 410-313-4840; Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Standard Operating Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 7am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

The center will close to observe the following holidays: 
New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independance Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday) and Christmas Day.
In addition, the center will close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

About Us
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. Its features include a fitness room, gymnasium with two basketball courts, indoor walking track, multi-purpose rooms, commercial kitchen, activity rooms, and much more.

         2400 MD 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

Community Center's COVID - Guest Expectations

Guests that do not meet the expectations will be asked to leave and may forfeit their ability to reserve future appointments until the center is permitted to operate at 100% capacity.

  • Please stay home if you have a fever (100.4 or above) or are experiencing symptoms of illness.
  • Arrive dressed and ready. Changing areas and storage lockers are closed. The facility is not responsible for personal belongings.
  • Bring water. Water fountains are turned off. 
  • Do not enter the building until 5 minutes prior to your appointment.  Please do not congregate by the facility. 
  • Five minutes before your appointment, please make sure you have a facial covering over your nose and mouth and form a single line (6 feet apart from one another).
  • Upon entering the building, you must complete a health screening.
  • You may only utilize the area you have an appointment scheduled in. Once you have completed your activity, please exit the facility and do not congregate.
  • Adhere to all physical distancing guidelines and posted signage.
  • You are required to wear a facial covering unless performing cardio activity.
  • Practice good personal hygiene (wash hands, cover sneeze/coughs).
  • All patrons must exit the building when their appointment's time slot concludes. Any additional time beyond the scheduled appointment will not be permitted.
  • Patrons are limited to 1 appointment per day and 4 appointments per week.


Fitness – Appointments are scheduled in 60-minute time slots.

  • Clean fitness equipment before and after use. 
  • Use one piece of equipment at a time. 
  • Maintain 6' distance from other patrons.

Gymnasium - Appointments are scheduled in 60-minute time slots.

  • No organized play in the gymnasium.
  • Bring your own equipment. The center will not provide equipment.
  • Bleacher-use is currently prohibited.

Game Room - Appointments are scheduled in 60-minute time slots.

  • Clean equipment before and after use.


During the closure we have been actively preparing to open and have adjusted our operations and amenities. We have trained staff, added signage, temporarily closed high touch areas, and cleaned and moved equipment and furniture to promote physical distancing. 

Monthly payments on memberships restarted on Monday, July 6. The missed time from the closure has been added onto your membership. 

If you are uncomfortable returning at this time, you may elect to freeze or cancel your membership by clicking here. Please allow two business days for your request to be processed.

Center Memberships (all ages)
The Center Membership gives you access to three community centers including Gary J. Arthur, Roger Carter, and North Laurel Community Center. These memberships provide patrons access to the gymnasium (basketball/volleyball courts), game room (billiards & table tennis, and walking track only. For access to the Fitness Room and/or Roger Carter Community Center's pool, see Fit4U or Go50+ Memberships. 

Membership  Residents     Nonresidents  
Annual (3+ yrs) $25  $50
Card Replacement Fee    $10 $10

*Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old at all times; exceptions made during Teen Zone.

Fit4U Memberships (ages 3-49)
The Fit4U Membership gives you access to three community centers including Gary J. Arthur, Roger Carter, 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