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


  • Details pending completion

Climbing Wall

  • 30-foot artificial climbing wall
  • Designed by Leading Edge Climbing Walls
  • Features a variety of routes for climbers of all levels
  • Learn to Belay classes are available
  • Learn more about the climbing wall

Main Level Cardio

  • Details pending completion
  • Main Cardio Level

Functional Training Room

  • Details pending completion

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 practices and competitions

Indoor Track

  • Details pending completion

Lactation Room

  • Details pending completion

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.

Meeting Rooms A and B

  • Details pending completion
  • Meeting Rooms are available to the JHU community by reservation. Please contact the Assistant Director of Facilities and Aquatics, Daniel Kifle

Multipurpose Rooms A, B, and C

  • Details pending completion

Outdoor Picnic Area

  • Located behind the O’Connor Recreation Center
  • Features picnic tables and shade trees for events, athletic tailgates, and cookouts


  • 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

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

Program Rooms A, B, and C

  • Details Pending Completion
  • Program Room A: Cycling Studio
  • Program Room B:
  • Program Room C: F45

Program Room D

  • Details pending completion
  • Wellness Room

Racquetball/Squash Courts

  • Details pending completion

Recreation and Well-Being Suite

  • Details pending completion

Robert H. Scott Gymnasium

  • 18,000-square-foot finished maple wood 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

Tennis Courts

  • Located on the northwest corner of the Homewood Campus
  • The 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 and Spring semesters, the tennis courts are open Monday–Thursday from 9 a.m.–10:00 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 a.m.– 8:00 p.m.
  • Tennis Courts are closed during the Winter – from Thanksgiving until the end of February.
  • During the Summer the tennis courts are open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – on Saturday’s 8:00AM – 6:00PM and Sunday’s 10:00AM – 6:00PM.
  • Tennis court lights will only be active 15 minutes before courts close
  • Tennis courts are closed during all varsity tennis practices/competitions and during Rec Center closures

Weight Room A and B

  • Details pending completion


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 of 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 bottle refilling stations provide exceptionally clean, filtered water and eliminate the need to buy plastic disposable water bottles. Water Bottle Refilling stations are located in the Track Stretching Area and outside the Evans Multipurpose Room.
  • Recycling and compost bins are located throughout the facility.