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Ralph S. O'Connor
Recreation Center
JHU Homewood Campus
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

 

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About the Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center

  • Opened in the Spring 2002, The O'Connor Recreation Center is a 63,000 sq. ft. university recreation center located at the North Gate of the Johns Hopkins University - Homewood Campus.
  • The O'Connor Recreation Center serves the Undergraduate and Graduate students of the Homewood Campus. Memberships are also available for purchase to the JHU Community and JHU Affiliates. (A valid Membership is required for access to the facility. To learn more about memberships, eligibly, services, or how to become a members click here.)
  • Designed by Saski Associates.
  • The O'Connor Recreation Center is adjoined to the Netwon S. White Athletic Center, home to Varsity Athletics at JHU.
  • For information on reservations for the O'Connor Recreation Center or any Athletics & Recreation facilities click here.

Facility Features

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Facility Features

Robert H. Scott Gymnasium

  • 18,000 sq. ft. finished maplewood floor activity space
  • Various configurations provide space for up to 3 basketball courts, 5 volleyball courts, and/or 3 badminton courts
  • Serves as host to various large on-campus events including career fairs, student activity fairs, banquets, concerts, and other university sponsored programs/events

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Racquetball/Squash Courts

  • 2 separate glass walled finished maplewood racquetball courts, including the Davis Family Court
  • 2 separate glass walled bare wood squash courts

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Robert and Anne Evans Multipurpose Rooms (East & West)

  • 2,800 sq. ft. finished maplewood floor activity space. (East - 1,700 sq. ft. & West - 1,100 sq. ft.)  
  • Ability to function as 2 separate rooms for fitness and other student programming or 1 large room for events/receptions
  • Separate sound systems in each room. Projector/AV capabilities in Evans West
  • 2 floor-to-ceiling windowed walls in Evans East provides a great view of campus

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The Fitness Center - A PepsiCo Foundation Gift to the Students of Johns Hopkins

  • 2,500 sq. ft. fitness space
  • Features a variety of cardio (treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent/upright bikes, stair steppers and ergs) and selectorized equipment
  • Features LCD TVs, DirectTV, XM satellite radio, and wireless internet to enhance your work-out experience

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Weight Room

  • 2,500 sq. ft. fitness space
  • Features a wide variety of free weights, selectorized, and plate loaded equipment
  • Features XM satellite radio, and wireless internet to enhance your work-out experience

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Indoor Track

  • 3 lane, 1/10 mile indoor jogging track
  • Features cardio equipment off of the track to provide additional work-out space

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Stretching Areas

  • 3 stretching areas located throughout the facility
  • Features stretching mats, equipment, and other fitness accessories

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Climbing Wall

  • 30 ft. artificial climbing wall
  • Designed by Leading Edge Climbing Walls
  • Features a variety of routes for climbers of all levels
  • Belay Certifications available
  • For Hours of Operation and more information click here.

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Bouldering Cave

  • 20 ft. artificial bouldering space
  • Features a variety of routes for climbers of all levels
  • For Hours of Operation and more information click here.

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Martial Arts Room

  • 600 sq. ft. of padded wall and floor space to accommodate Student Martial Arts and Combatives groups

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Pool

  • 6 lane - 25 yard lap lane pool with depths from 4 ft. to 5.5 ft
  • 1,800 sq. ft. separated deep water well with depths 8 ft. to 13 ft
  • Home to JHU Varsity Swimming and Water Polo
  • For Hours of Operation and more information click here.

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Classroom

  • 575 sq. ft. classroom
  • Various configurations provide space for meetings, presentations, and programs
  • Features Projector/AV and wirless interenet capabilities

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Locker Rooms

  • Rental Locker & Day Use Lockers are available.
  • Mens & Womens General Locker Rooms are available to all Rec Center Members.
  • Mens & Womens Faculty Locker Rooms are available to non-student Rec Center Members and have card controlled access.
  • Family Changing Room is available to Members with children (during Family Swim) and disabilities.
  • For locker rental prices and more information click here.

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Equipment Check-Out

  • Daily Check-out Equipment available for check-out to all Rec Center Members includes basketballs, racquetball/squash/badminton racquets/balls, soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs, jump ropes, and work-out towels.
  • Event equipment for check-out is available to all on-campus groups including tug-o-war rope, dodge ball set, and an outdoor volleyball set.
  • Towel Service is available to all Members for purchase which provides Members a fresh bath towel for every visit.

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Recreation Office

  • Home to Recreation Professional Staff and Member Services

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Outdoor Pursuits Office

  • Home to Experiential Education Coordinators and Outdoor Pursuits Program

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Environmentally Sustainable

  • The O'Connor Recreation Center strives to be environmentally sustainable.
  • With nearly 1,400 panels, the solar array on the Recreation & Athletic Center roofs is the largest of the seven Hopkins solar installations.  The array produces 450,000 kWh or clean electricity yearly – enough to power an average home 41 times over!
  • The arrays also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The Recreation & Athletic Center array eliminates the emissions of over 600,000 pounds of greenhouse gases per year.
  • The two water refilling stations provide exceptionally clean, filtered water and eliminate the need to buy plastic disposable water bottles. Water Refilling stations are located in the Track Stretching Area and outside the Evans Mutlipurpose Room.
  • Recycling and compost bins are loacted throughout the facility. All gym wipes are composted.

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Other Recreation Facilities

Practice Field

  • Located next to the O'Connor Recreation Center
  • 70,000 sq. ft. fully lighted synthetic athletic turf
  • Serves JHU Varsity Athletics, Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, and Student Organizations
  • The Practice Field is open to the JHU community during posted Open Recreation Hours.

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Homewood Track

  • Located around Homewood Field.
  • A single lane rubber padded walking/jogging track.
  • The facility offers JHU faculty and staff, as well as surrounding community members, a track for early walks or laps at lunch.
  • Please note that the track is closed during all Varsity Competitions.

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Eastern Track

  • Located at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, (1101 East 33rd Street)
  • 400 meter, IAAF certified surface
  • The facility offers JHU faculty and staff, as well as surrounding community members, a track for early walks or laps at lunch
  • Home to JHU Varsity Track & Field
  • Please note that the track is closed from dusk to dawn and during all Varsity Track & Field practices/competitions.

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Outdoor Picnic Area

  • Located behind the O'Connor Recreation Center
  • Features a picnic tables and shade trees for events, athletic tailgates, and cook-outs
  • The Outdoor Picnic area is available to the JHU Community by reservation

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Tennis Courts

  • Located on the northwest corner of the Homewood Campus
  • 6 court Tennis complex
  • The Tennis Courts are available to the JHU community
  • Home to JHU Varsity Tennis
  • The Tennis Courts are closed from dusk to dawn and during all Varsity Tennis practices/competitions

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Outdoor Sand Volleyball Court

  • Located next to AMR Residence Hall
  • Features a sand volleyball court and volleyball net
  • The Volleyball Court is open to the JHU community

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Satellite Fitness Centers

  • Satellite Fitness Centers are located in Wolman, McCoy, Homewood, Charles Commons, and Hopkins Inn Residence Halls
  • Features a variety of cardio (treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent/upright bikes, stair steppers and ergs) and selectorized equipment
  • Equipment and size varies by center
  • Satellite Fitness Centers are open to all current residents of each residence hall

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