The Y in Towson (Orokawa)

600 W. Chesapeake Ave., Towson, MD 21204


Named for The Orokawa Foundation in honor of their sustained and generous support of the Y's mission.

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Ryan Gadow

Center Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 5:30am - 10:00pm
  • Sat: 7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sun: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Stay & Play Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 8:30am-1:00pm, 4:30-8:30pm
  • Sat-Sun: 8:30am-2:00pm

Holiday Hours

  • New Year's Eve: 7:00am - 2:00pm
  • New Year's Day: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Easter Sunday: CLOSED
  • Memorial Day: 5:30am - 12:00pm
  • Independence Day: 5:30am - 12:00pm
  • Labor Day: 5:30am - 12:00pm
  • Thanksgiving: 5:30am - 12:00pm
  • Christmas Eve: 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED

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Two Salt Water Pools

  • Six lane, 25 yard lap pool
  • Family fun pool with waterslide, squirting hoops, tipping buckets and more

State-of-the-Art Fitness Center

  • 8,000 square feet
  • Cardio equipment with personal TV monitors
  • Expresso bikes
  • Cybex strength training machines
  • Free weights
  • FitQuest, our personalized fitness program included in Y membership with up to four sessions with a Y Fitness Coach

Other Exciting Amenities

  • Group exercise studio for classes like Zumba, cardio blast and more
  • Dedicated cycle studio
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Family room with foosball, air hockey, board games, TV and more
  • Health bar serving delicious smoothies, sandwiches and salads
  • Spacious lobby with comfortable seating and stone fireplace
  • Stay & Play supervised activity room for kids while you exercise (family membership holders)
  • Gymnasium
  • Sauna
  • Men's/women's locker rooms
  • Boy's/girl's locker rooms
  • Family locker rooms

Health & Well-being

The Orokawa Family Center Y in Towson is a full service Y that offers a wide variety of classes including group exercise, swim lessons, water fitness, youth sports, martial arts, drop-in workshops and more!

Summer at the Y

Y camp, summer sports clinics and swim clinics are available in weekly sessions from June - August.


Y preschool in Towson brings learning and fun together in a nurturing environment where children thrive.

Before & After School Enrichment

Y before & after school enrichment programs gives children a safe haven of fun and discovery. Program conveniently located inside St. Joseph's Catholic School.

Youth & Government

Y Youth & Government educates high school students about the democratic and legislative process including writing bills, debating, campaigning and parliamentary procedure. Includes an annual trip to the State Capital in Annapolis, MD to participate in a mock legislative session.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day at the Y! Call 410-823-8870 for party themes, rates and more!

Online Activity Schedule

The Y's online activity schedule gives you easy access to a ton of primarily free activities for Y members, many of which do not require registration.

To find group exercise classes (and how they coincide with Stay & Play hours for little ones), water exercise classes, family and lap swim times, family and open gym times, drop-in funshops for kids and upcoming events, just click the SCHEDULES tab at the top of any webpage, or click the purple button.

For class information on swim lessons, youth sports, martial arts and other activities that require pre-registration, please search and register here.

Y personal trainers are friendly, certified fitness professionals who are experts at designing a health & wellness routine specifically for you. One-on-one training and small group personal training are available


Greta Hardwick

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Philosophy: Set goals to develop your full potential through fitness routines for a healthy mind, body and spirit.

Specialties: Posture Alignment, Core Strength

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Les Mills CXworX, Certified YogaFit Instructor, TRX Level 1

Julie Gleeson

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Philosophy: Being fit can be attained at any age! I believe fitness should be fun and motivating.

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NETA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, TRX Level 1

Ivan Rodriguez

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Philosophy: Achieving your fitness goals isn’t easy. It takes patience and perseverance. I try to provide each client with a specific, goal-oriented plan to reach their goals.

Specialties: Sports Performance Training, Strength Training, Weight Loss Management

Certifications: NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, USAW Certified Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, Gravity Certified, TRX Level 1

Angie Obaza

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Philosophy: It's not exercise, it's an experience.

Specialties: Small Group Training, HIIT, Tabata

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Net Gear Spin Trainer, AFAA Group Resistance Training, AFAA Infdoor Cycling Instructor, Neta HIIT and Tabata.

Andy Corbett

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Philosophy: Everyone can achieve their goals with a little hard work and determination.

Specialties: Strength Training, Senior Fitness, Weight Loss and Body Composition, Youth Sports, High School Baseball & Soccer Conditioning, Cancer Programs

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

John Park

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Philosophy: It's not about quick fixes, but creating a lasting healthier lifestyle.

Specialties: Weight Loss and Muscle Toning, Functional Movement, Strength Training

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Katie Starkey

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Philosophy: I believe participants who have social support are more likely to start and stick with exercise programs. I like to work with participants through small group training sessions where I can focus on form and function and capitalize on the energy and motivation provided by the group.

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor, TRX Level 1

Kevin Armstrong

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Philosophy: "Turning cant's into can's and dreams into plans."

Specialities: Sports Performance & HIIT, Weight Loss & Cardio Training, Resistance and General Fitness

Certifications: NFPT Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Level 1

Mike Gettier

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Specialities: Weight Loss, Gaining Lean Muscle, Improving Body Composition, and Corrective Exercise for rehabilitation purposes.

Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Terah Ege

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Philosophy: I believe that there is an athlete in everyone and I look forward to helping members discover what the means for them!

Specialities: Sport Specific Traning, Strength Training, V02 Max Training, Anaerobic Threshold Training, Cardiovascular Endurance Training, Athletic Development, Body Composition, Weight Management

Certifications: NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Thalmus Allen

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Philosophy: Motivation keeps you moving . . . determination keeps you going.

Specialities: Training for Special Populations, Core Strengthening, Resistant Training, Circuit Training and Small Group Training

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

As a cause-driven, charitable organization, we rely on the support of our community to help us achieve our mission of developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Your donations stay in your community if you choose, and support children and families who otherwise couldn't afford enriching Y experiences. Please consider making a donation today. Any amount helps!

An average of …

  • $38 provides a young adult with a Y membership for 1 month
  • $50 provides 1 day of travel and exploration for a teenager in Y Teen Adventure Camp
  • $120 exposes a young child to 7 weeks of swim lessons where he/she can learn a life-saving skill
  • $215 gives a child 1 week of fun and learning in Y Preschool
  • $300 helps expose a high school student to the legislative process in the Y Youth & Government program
  • $500 gives a school-age child a safe haven in Y After School Enrichment for 2 months
  • $1,000 helps a family hit by economic hardship stay active and engaged at the Y for 1 year



The Y's Reach and Rise mentoring program is in need of positive, responsible adults who have two hours a week to spare and who want to make a difference in a young person's life.

Special Event Volunteer

The Y’s premier fundraising event is the Y's Annual Turkey Trot Charity 5K. This event depends on volunteers to help make it a success.

Program Volunteer

Volunteer at our Y in a variety of programs, depending on your time and interests. Please contact

Community Leadership Board (CLB)

The primary responsibility of CLB members is to help engage the community in the Y's charitable mission to support children and families in need in North Baltimore County so they may benefit from quality Y experiences they otherwise couldn't afford.

If you're interested in becoming a CLB member, please contact Leslie Tinati at

The partial list of policies below help ensure that everyone who enters our center has a positive Y experience. For more information, please view our Member Handbook or contact your Y Center.

Guest Policy (partial)

Guests under age 18 must have a parent/guardian sign them in on their first visit. Guests under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times during their visit.

In-Town Guests:

  • One complimentary visit per person per year
  • Second visit - $5 per person
  • Third visit - $10 per person

Out-of-Town Guests:

  • Guests may visit up to 14 times in a calendar year
  • $5 guest fee per person per visit
  • Guest must live outside the state of Maryland
  • There is no fee for guests from other Y Associations outside the state of Maryland

Fitness Center Youth Age Policy (partial)

  • Children age 7 and under are not permitted on the fitness center without Y staff approval.
  • Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Children age 8 - 10 may use the cardio equipment, but equipment must fit properly and the child must meet the following height requirements and be directly supervised by a parent/guardian: treadmill and rower: 52" all other cardio equipment: 58"
  • Youth age 11 - 15 may use the cardio and strength equipment (but not free weights), provided they have taken the Teen Strength Training class. If the class has not been taken, only cardio equipment may be used after proper fit of the equipment is met. The child must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian.
  • Youth age 16 and up have no restrictions (aside from behavior).

Pool Youth Age Policy (partial)

  • Children age 7 and under must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian who is actively engaged in the water with them and follow swim test guidelines.
  • Children age 8 - 10 must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian who is on the pool deck and follow swim test guidelines.
  • Youth age 11 - 12 may be in the pool without a parent/guardian, but must follow swim test guidelines and parent/guardian must remain in the center.
  • Youth age 13 and up may be in the pool without a parent/guardian, but must follow swim test guidelines.

Open Swim Test (partial)

Shallow Water Test (for anyone under age 17 in the pool)

To Pass:

  • the water is at or below arm pit level and
  • you can stand with both feet flat on the bottom of the pool and
  • you can right yourself after you have leaned backwards lifting both feet off the bottom of the pool and come back to a standing position with both feet flat on the bottom of the pool

If you do not pass the shallow water test, you can still get in the water if you wear a coast guard approved life vest (available at the Y) and you have a parent within arm's reach.

Deep Water Test (for anyone under age 17 swimming in water above arm pit level)

To Pass:

  • the water is above your head as you jump in the deep end and (this line was moved to the top)
  • you can swim 25 yds without stopping at any point and
  • you can tread water for 1 minute without touching any surfaces and
  • you are able to perform a back float

Stay & Play Policy (partial)

This complimentary service is available to children age 6 weeks to 10 years who are part of a family membership. Parents participating in activities in the center are permitted to leave their child(ren) with Stay & Play staff for a maximum period of 1 1/2 hours.

Drop-off and Pick-up

  • Photo ID will be required when using Stay & Play.
  • Parents must sign-in children when dropping them off.
  • All children will receive a name tag.
  • Parents must sign-out children when picking them up.
  • Photo ID will be returned once you’ve signed your child out.
  • The person who is pictured on the photo ID must be the one to drop-off and pick-up.

Class Make-Up Policy

If a fee-based class is cancelled by the Y, we will make every attempt to provide a make-up class within the session. If we are unable to provide a make-up class, a proportionate credit will be applied to your Y account. Unless otherwise noted, classes run for 7 weeks with the 8th week reserved for make-ups, if needed.

Inclement Weather Policy

All unplanned closings, delays and cancellation announcements will be made via our text alert system. We strongly recommend that all Y Members sign up for text alerts. You can sign up for alerts that impact an entire Center or a specific program. Set your alert preferences at

These announcements will also be posted on your Y’s Facebook page.