Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks:

We have missed you and are excited to begin reopening our community centers. 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 will restart on Monday, July 6. The missed time from the closure will be added onto your membership; this will happen automatically. If you are uncomfortable returning at this time, you may elect to freeze or cancel your membership starting Wednesday, July 1 by clicking here.

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 when entering and exiting the facility, in common areas, and at times you cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Practice good personal hygiene (wash hands, cover sneeze/coughs).
  • Patrons are limited to 1 (60-minute) appointment per day and 4 (60-minute) appointments per week.
  • Clean fitness equipment before and after use. 
  • Use one piece of equipment at a time. 
  • No organized play in the gymnasium.
  • Bring your own equipment. The center will not provide equipment.

To schedule your appointment for the fitness room, gymnasium or walking track; starting Monday, July 6, please call the Front Desk at 410-313-4840 between 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

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 centers’ gymnasium and exercise room will be open starting Monday, July 6, 2020. Hours will be limited to evenings and weekends as the facility will be used for camps and childcare during the weekdays. Hours, safety guidelines, sign-ups, and the number of people able to access each facility will be restricted. Guidelines on each use will be posted by July 6. 

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.

         2400 MD 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 
Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks:

  • In-person camps have begun. Due to safety requirements, many camps have been cancelled.
  • This spreadsheet is a list of camps that are ready to run. This list will grow weekly, so please check back often.
  • HCRP Summer Camp COVID Safety Policies (updated June 2020)
  • Click here for a list of our online/virtual camps.
  • Click here for a list of our adult in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our youth in-person programs.
  • Click here for a list of our Family in-person programs.
  • If you are uncertain as to the status of an upcoming camp or program, please contact our registration staff at 410-313-7275 or

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.


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 Roger Carter. There are also discounts on center activities and events. Receive 5% off of two or more Fit4U memberships of the same length purchased or renewed at the same time.

Membership       Residents     Nonresidents 
Ages 3-12*    
12 Months $85   $105
6 Months $55  $70
3 Months $35   $45
1 Month $15   $20
Ages 13-49**     
12 Months  $300 $360 
6 Months  $180 $225 
3 Months  $105 $135 
1 Month  $40 $50

*Permitted use of pool, gymnasium and walking track. Must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old at all times; exceptions made during Teen Zone.
**Members ages 13-15 year olds must first complete a mandatory orientation with the fitness coordinator and must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years old at all times; exceptions made during Teen Zone.


Go50+ Memberships (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 partnered together to provide packages that are designed to give individuals access to meet their health and wellness needs.  

Package                     Resident Rate        Nonresident Rate 
50+ Centers* FREE FREE 
Go50+ Fitness** $75/year $100/year 
Go50+ Pool*** $175/year  $225/year 

*Access to game rooms, gymnasiums, walking tracks, and wellness programs at Gary J. Arthur and N. Laurel Community Centers and all Howard County 50+ Centers.
**Access to all 50+ Center package benefits and fitness and dance/aerobics rooms at all three community centers and 50+ centers.
***Access to all 50+ Center and Fitness package benefits and access to the pool during open swim hours.


All Howard County indoor facilities are currently closed. We are not accepting rental requests at this time. Please check back on May 15th for an update.


View our Rental Resource Guide for information regarding reservations at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center

Drop-In Programs

50+ Basketball
Lil' Rascals Recess
Dropin BasketBall
Dropin Volleyball

Personal Training

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


Personal Training

13 yrs +
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.

Private 30 minute session: $45
Private 60 minute session: $75

(4) Private 30 minute sessions: $160