Facilities

Opened in spring 2002, the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center is a 63,000-square-foot facility located at the North Gate of the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. The center serves undergraduate and graduate students with memberships also available for purchase to the JHU community and JHU affiliates. Learn more about the center’s namesake, Ralph S. O’ Connor.

Facility Features

The O’Connor Recreation Center features a variety of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including:

Bouldering Cave

  • 20-foot artificial bouldering space
  • Features a variety of routes for climbers of all levels

Learn more about the bouldering wall, including hours of operation.

Climbing Wall

  • 30-foot artificial climbing wall
  • Designed by Leading Edge Climbing Walls
  • Features a variety of routes for climbers of all levels
  • Belay certifications available

Learn more about the climbing wall, including hours of operation.

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

Fitness and Weight Rooms

  • The fitness room is a 3,400-square-foot space featuring panoramic windows, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals and more
  • The weight room is a 3,200-square-foot space with a variety of free weights and machine equipment

Learn more about our fitness and weight rooms.

Robert H. Scott Gymnasium

  • 18,000-square-foot 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

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 athletic competitions

Indoor Track

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

Locker Rooms

  • Rental lockers and day use lockers are available
  • Men’s and women’s general lock rooms are available to all Recreation Center members
  • Men’s and women’s faculty locker rooms are available to non-student Recreation Center members and have card-controlled access
  • A family changing room is available to members with children (during family swim) and disabilities

For locker rental prices and more information, visit the Memberships and Services page.

Martial Arts Rooms

  • 300-square-feet of padded wall and floor space to accommodate student martial arts and combative groups

Evans Multipurpose Rooms (East and West)

  • 2,800-square-foot finished maplewood floor activity space (East – 1,700-square-feet, West – 1,100-square-feet)  
  • Ability to function as two separate rooms for fitness and other student programming or one large room for events/receptions
  • Separate sound systems in each room, with projector/AV capabilities in Evans West
  • Two floor-to-ceiling windowed walls in Evans East provide a great view of campus

Outdoor Picnic Area

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

Outdoor Sand Volleyball Court

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

Pool

  • Six lane, 25-yard lap lane pool with depths from 4 ft. to 5.5 ft.
  • 1,800-square-foot separated deep water well with depths 8 ft. to 13 ft.
  • Home to JHU Varsity Swimming and Water Polo

Learn more about our aquatics facilities, including hours of operation.

Practice Field

  • Located next to the O’Connor Recreation Center
  • 70,000-square-foot fully-lighted synthetic athletic turf
  • Serves JHU athletics, intramural sports, sports clubs, and student organizations
  • The practice field is open to the JHU community during posted open recreation hours

Racquetball/Squash Courts

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

Satellite Fitness Center

  • 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

Stretching Areas

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

Tennis Courts

  • Located on the northwest corner of the Homewood Campus
  • Tennis complex features six courts and is home to JHU varsity tennis
  • Tennis courts are available to the JHU community on a first-come, first-served basis
  • During the fall & spring semester, tennis courts are open Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–8:45 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
  • Tennis court lights will only be active 15 minutes before courts close
  • Tennis courts are closed from dusk to dawn and during all varsity tennis practices/competitions
  • Please direct any questions regarding tennis court policies to Brandon Holley at bholley3@jhu.edu

Striving for Sustainability

The O’Connor Recreation Center strives to be environmentally sustainable. 

  • With nearly 1,400 panels, the solar array on the Recreation and 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 and 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 Multipurpose Room.
  • Recycling and compost bins are located throughout the facility.