Gary J. Arthur Community Center

2400 MD 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

Monday - Saturday: 7am-9pm
Sunday: 9am-6pm

Main Phone: 410-313-4840

Fax: 410-313-4846

Inclement Weather: 410-313-4452 (option 1)

Closed: January 1, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday) & December 25.
Closes at 5pm: December 24 & 31.

Amenities: fitness room, multi-purpose rooms, dance room, gymnasium, ping pong tables, pickleball nets, 50 + center, playground, and more. It is adjacent to Western Regional Park & Library.

Please call the center’s main line (410-313-4840) before attending any program held in the gym to ensure that it is happening as scheduled.

Virtual Tour

Gary J. Arthur Community Center

Center Information


Center Rules & Expectations


Howard County Recreation and Parks Rules of Conduct

  1. No food or beverages in unauthorized areas; glass containers are prohibited. 
  2. No smoking in buildings or on school property. 
  3. No soliciting or loitering. 
  4. No interference with employee or volunteer duties. 
  5. No harassment or inappropriate or indecent conduct or language. 
  6. No unauthorized use of illegal drugs, intoxicants or weapons. 
  7. No parking in unauthorized areas or driving/parking on field areas.
  8. No unauthorized alteration or installation of equipment.
  9. No defacing of property.
  10. No conduct that may jeopardize the safety of others.

Building Rules

  1. All patrons must report to the front desk for check-in up arrival. Everyone that enters the building must pay the drop-in fee or be a center member, program participant or rental reservation attendee.
  2. A photo ID is required for drop-in users and nonmembers.
  3. Children ages 15 and under must always be accompanied by an adult.
  4. The actions and conduct of an organized group are the responsibility of the group leader.
  5. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted without a permit.
  6. Participants must adhere to Department of Recreation & Parks Rules of Conduct and behave in an orderly manner.
  7. Customers are encouraged to secure their belongings. The center is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  8. Locks on lockers must be removed after each use. Any locks present at the end of the day will be cut and removed.
  9. Shoes and shirts must always be worn outside of the locker rooms.
  10. Pets are not permitted in the facility.
  11. Animals shall not be left unattended in vehicles or on park property.



Center Memberships (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  Residents     Nonresidents  
Annual (3+ yrs) $40  $60

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

Fit4U Memberships (3-49 yrs)

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       Residents     Nonresidents 
3-12 yrs*    
12 Months $105  $130
6 Months $70  $90
3 Months $45   $55
1 Month $20   $25
13-49 yrs**     
12 Months  $375 $450 
6 Months  $225 $280 
3 Months  $130 $170
1 Month  $50 $65

*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 years old 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 (50 yrs+)

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
$89/year from Jan 1, 2024
$125/year from Jan 1, 2024
Go50+ Pool*** $175/year
$210/year from Jan 1, 2024
$270/year from Jan 1, 2024

*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 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. 

Daily Admission:
3 yrs+: $7
2 yrs and under: FREE

HoCo Active App

In partnership with the Office on Aging and Independence, Recreation & Parks is introducing the HoCo Active App!

HoCo Active App Offers:

  • A digital membership on your mobile phone, pad or tablet to be scanned at all Howard County Community and 50+ Centers;
  • Check-in with quick, easy, and contactless access;
  • Up-to-date notifications;
  • Easy registration for programs and activities; and
  • Fitness challenges that integrate with Apple’s HealthKit.

The app is available on both Apple and Android devices. Everything you need in one, easy-to-use app.

Apple App Store: HoCo Active

Google Play: HoCo Active


Note: All prices subject to change.


Drop-In Information


Drop-in 16+ Basketball: Mondays, 7-9pm

Drop-in 16+ Volleyball: Wednesdays, 7-9pm

Family Fun Night (all ages): Fridays, 5:30-7pm

Times are subject to change. Please call the community center’s front desk at 410-313-4840 to confirm drop-in dates, times & prices.


Facility Rentals


Gary J. Arthur Community Center offers room rentals View the frequently asked questions and rental request forms for more information regarding rentals.

Gary J. Arthur offers multiple spaces within the facility for rent. Rentals at the center include tables and chairs set to the agreed upon specifications.

Submit your request form online HERE





Hourly Charge
(HC Resident)
Hourly Charge
Hourly Charge
(HC Non-Profit)

West Friendship Room


$70 $80 $60

Multipurpose Rooms
(3 Rooms)

40 per room

$60 per room $70 per room $50 per room

Dayton and Patapsco Rooms


$60 per room $70 per room $50 per room

Haymeadow Room

20 $50 $60 $40

Lisbon Room

10 $50 $60 $40


N/A $40 $50 $30

Gym (Per Court)

Contact Facility $90 per court $100 per court $80 per court
Side Parking Lot N/A $500 for 6 hours $600 for 6 hours $400 for 6 hours



Inclement Weather Policy


If Howard County schools delay their opening, the following will occur:

  • One-hour delay, the center will open at 9:30am. 
  • Two-hour delay, the center will open at 10:30am. 
  • If Howard County schools are closed due to inclement weather, we will do our best to open the center at 10:30am.

If the Howard County Snow Emergency Plan is in effect, the center will be closed. Once the Snow Emergency Plan has been lifted, we will do our best to open the center as soon as possible. Visit Maryland's DOT CHART webpage to view current snow emergency declarations.

Before heading to the center, call our Information Status Line for updates on operating hours and inclement weather: 410-313-4452 (opt. 1).

Stay Connected!

Sign up for the County Executive's weekly newsletter and stay up to date on everything Howard County.

Zip Code