Roger Carter Community Center

3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Main Phone: 410-313-2764
Fax: 410-313-2746
Center Updates/Drop-in Line: 410-313-2764 (when prompted dial option 3)
Inclement Weather: 410-313-4452

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 appointment per day and 4 appointments per week.
  •   Fitness – Appointments will be 60-minute blocks.
    • Clean fitness equipment before and after use. 
    • Use one piece of equipment at a time. 
  •   Gymnasium - Appointments will be 60-minute blocks.
    • No organized play in the gymnasium.
    • Bring your own equipment. The center will not provide equipment.
  • Pool - Lap swim appointments will be 45-minute blocks, open swim appointments will be 90-minute blocks.
    • It is not recommended to wear your mask while in the water.
    • Shower before entering the pool.
    • Recommended to bring: 
      • A towel, sharing towels is not recommended
      • Personal flotation devices (lifeguard approved), kick boards, swim caps, nose plugs, and goggles.

To schedule your appointment for the fitness room, gymnasium or pool; starting Monday, July 6, please call the Front Desk at 410-313-2764; Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Center Hours:

Monday - Friday: 6-6:45am and 6:30-10pm 

Saturday: 7am-10pm

Sunday: 7am-9pm

The centers’ gymnasium, pool 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. 

Closed in 2020: Jan 1, Apr 12, Nov 26-27, and Dec 25
Closing at 5pm in 2020: May 25, Jul 3, Sep 7, Dec 24, and Dec 31

Take a Virtual Tour of the Center

The Roger Carter Community Center is a 46,000 square foot silver LEED-certified community center that includes a swimming pool, splash pad, basketball and volleyball courts, classrooms, fitness and exercise rooms with cardio and PRECOR strength training equipment, a climbing wall and much more. 

Inclement Weather Policy

It is recommended that patrons call the Center Updates/Drop-in Line prior to arriving. There are no refunds for cancellations due to inclement weather.

Center Updates/Drop-in Line: 410-313-2764 (when prompted dial option 3)

Winter Weather: If a winter weather warning is announced, the opening time will be adjusted to 7 AM. If Howard County schools open one hour late, the center will strive to open at 9:30 AM; if two hours late, at 10:30 AM.
If schools are closed due to inclement weather, every attempt will be made to open the center by 10:30 AM. If Snow Emergency is in effect the Center will be closed. Once it has been lifted the center will strive to open as soon as possible. Please call the inclement weather number to confirm the center's status when schools are closed.

Thunder/Lightning: At the first sign of thunder and/or lightning, the pool will close for at least 30 minutes from the last sound/sight. If there is lightning the pool and pool deck must be cleared. If there is just thunder, guests may remain on the pool deck but must clear the water.

Center Rules & Expectations

General Center Rules:
1. All patrons must report to front desk for check-in. Everyone that enters the building must pay the Drop-in-Rate or be a FIT4U member, program participant and/or center member.
2. No interference with employee or volunteer duties.
3. No harassment or inappropriate or indecent conduct or language.
4. No food or beverages in unauthorized areas; glass containers are prohibited.
5. No smoking or vaping in buildings or on county property.
6. No unauthorized use of alcohol, illegal drugs, intoxicants or weapons.
7. No unauthorized alteration or installation of equipment.
8. No defacing of property.
9. No conduct that may jeopardize the safety of others.
10. Shoes and shirts must be worn always outside of the locker room and pool area.
11. Customers are encouraged to secure their belongings. Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Locks are not provided, they must be removed when leaving.
12. No unauthorized amplified music.
13. The actions and conduct of an organized group are the responsibility of the group leader.
14. All members and guests must wear their wristband given to them by the front desk staff.
15. Pets are not permitted in the center.  

Locker Room Rules:
•Patrons must use the locker room of their gender.
•Use of mobile phones, electronic devices and cameras are strictly prohibited in the locker rooms.

Fitness Room Rules:
•Patrons are responsible for wiping down equipment after each use and returning weights to the racks provided.
•Cardiovascular equipment use is limited to 20 minutes when people are waiting.
•Don’t drop or bang weights. Use of a spotter when lifting weights is highly recommended.
•Food is not permitted in the fitness room.
•Cell phone use is not permitted while using the equipment.
•No unauthorized instructional activity.

•Proper fitness attire is required. Bathing suits are not permitted in the fitness room.
•Only non-marking athletic shoes are permitted.

Age Limits
•Children 12 and under are not permitted in the fitness room at any time.
•Ages 13-15 require a mandatory orientation.

Safety First
•Read instructions and check for loose, frayed or worn parts before using equipment.
•Keep head and limbs clear of moving machine parts.
•Lift within your limits. 

Aerobics Room Rules:
•No unauthorized use of equipment or stereo.
•Proper fitness attire is required.
•Only non-marking athletic shoes are permitted.
•No unauthorized instructional activity.

Gymnasium Rules:
•Only non-marking athletic shoes are permitted.
•Dunking and hanging on the basketball rims or volleyball net is prohibited. 
•The gym shall not be used for any activity other than its intended purpose, unless approved by Center staff.
•No unauthorized instructional activity.
•Games may be shortened at Center’s discretion.
Teen Zone
Drop-in Basketball
Drop-in Volleyball

Drop-in Information

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. This includes parents/guardians who are supervising their children at the swimming pool.

Groups of 10 or more require 7 days notice and must make a reservation with the Director.

Daily Admission:
3yrs+: $5
2yrs and under: FREE
Group rate: $4 (20 or more guests)

Drop-in Schedule:

July 6 - July 19


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 (basketball/volleyball courts) and walking track only. For access to the fitness equipment and/or pool see Fit4U or Go50+ Memberships. 

Membership  Resident Rate     Nonresident Rate   
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 (for ages 3-49)
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. Receive 5% off of two or more Fit4U memberships of the same length purchased or renewed at the same time.

Membership  Resident Rate    Nonresident Rate   
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 (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 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.


Program/Lesson Opportunities
For full program listing visit Recreation & Parks' Program Guides.

  • Group Lessons for all ages
  • Private/Semi-Private Lessons
  • Swim Team
  • Lifeguard Instruction

Facility Features

  • Zero slope entry    
  • Splash pad/water feature
  • Sun deck
  • Platform board and 10'6" deep well
  • ADA accessible with remote control chair lift and pool wheelchair
  • Six 25 yard lap lanes
  • Retractable roof for the indoor/outdoor pool feel

Rentals & Party Packages

Roger Carter Community Center offers both room rentals and party packages. View the fliers and frequently asked questions for more information regarding rentals or party packages.

Roger Carter offers multiple spaces within the facility for rent. Rentals at the center include tables and chairs set to the agreed upon specifications.
Rental Request Form
Rental FAQs



Square Feet


Hourly Charge

(HC Resident)

Hourly Charge


Hourly Charge

(HC Non-Profit)

Rockwell Meeting Room






Caplan Multipurpose Room*






Oella Multipurpose Room*


















Large Rental Packages

Includes gym, foyer, multipurpose room

$1250/ 6 hours

$1350/ 6 hours

$1150 / 6 hours


*Audio Visual Package available for an additional $40/per rental, per day

Rental Fee  Security Deposit Fee 
 $0-$99 $50 
 $100-$299 $100 
 $300-$1199 $200 
 $1200+ $300


Party Packages
Let us host your next occasion to create a memorable experience. All party packages include table coverings, plates, napkins, cups and eating utensils for 20 guests; fees applied for additional guests. Party times are scheduled depending on room availability. To request a party package visit Party Package Request Form.


Contact Tony Kovacevich Jr., Fitness Coordinator, for more opportunities including personal training, fitness room orientations, and consultations; 410-313-2763.

Workout Log
Alternate Workout Log


  • Sessions are non-transferrable.    
  • Maximum of three participants for semi-private sessions (must register together).
  • Must provide notice for cancellations at least 24