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: 8:00am - 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: 8:00am - 2:00pm
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED

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Two Indoor 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.

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

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

Thalmus Allen

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

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

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Ellie Ciolfi

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Philosophy: Proper technique and safe methods taught through creative exercise programs means you enjoy the sessions and see results. I will bring drive, passion and fun to the sessions!

Specialties: Strength Training, Small Group Training, Sports Performance Training, HIT (High Intensity Training) Method

Certifications: NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Physical Therapy Technician, BoxMaster® Certified

Kelly Keh

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Philosophy: It is never too late to start a fitness program, and anyone can change their life. I believe you need to channel your passions to your workout so that you enjoy fitness.  There are so many choices for YOU to get fit. You just have to find YOUR way.

Specialties: TRX, BoxMaster®, W.O.W, Living Your Best Life Regardless of Age, Dance/Cheer Conditioning

Certifications: MBA Johns Hopkins University, BS James Madison University, NETA Personal Trainer, ACE Group Exercise Instructor, BODYPUMP, TRX, Zumba, SPIN, Balletone

Emily Rice

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Philosophy: I believe the best way to achieve happiness is living a healthy lifestyle. "Live the life you love, love the life you live"

Specialties: BS Exercise Science, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Senior Citizen Fitness 

Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer, BS Exercise Science, TRX specialist

Karen Wilhour

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Philosophy: I believe that the key to a healthy lifestyle is learning healthy eating and exercise patterns. I use client centered approaches to create individual exercise and weight loss programs to meet every clients specific needs and goals.

Specialties: Diabetic training at Jenny Craig and GBMC, Weight loss, Recovery, Goal Attainment

Certifications: NSPA-Certified Personal Trainer, ACE - Health Coach, Youth Fitness & Behavioral Specialist, Group Fitness, Advanced Sports & Nutrition, LIVESTRONG & TRX Training

Chris Lamdin

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Philosophy: Anything can be achieved with hard work, consistency, and a positive attitude. My goal is to empower my clients to be able to move as functionally as possible through creative programming and appropriate exercise technique.

Certifications: B.S. Exercise Science at Towson, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Level  1 Qualified

Christopher Towle

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Philosophy: Training involves both mind and body. Developing a life long pattern of positive movement patterns and always exploring new routines and methods creates a love of working out.

Specialties: Kettlebell, TRX, Bodyweight Training/Original Strength, Functional Strength Training

Certifications: NSPA Certified Personal Trainer, TRX Specialist

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 one month
  • $50 supports one day of field trip travel for a teenager in Y Teen Adventure Camp
  • $215 gives a child one week of valuable learning and preparation for school in Y Preschool
  • $300 helps expose a high school student to the legislative process in the Y Youth & Government program
  • $500 keeps a school-age child safe and productively engaged after school, while their parents work, for two months in a Y After School Enrichment program
  • $780 helps a youth gain independence and self-reliance in two weeks of Y Overnight Camp
  • $1,000 helps a family hit by economic hardship stay active and engaged at the Y for one year

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.



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 Debra Einstein at

The partial list of policies below help ensure that everyone who enters our center has a positive Y experience. For full details and policies, please refer to our Member Handbook.

Guest Policy (partial)

As a membership-based organization that serves its community, the Y extends our member services to current members who are encouraging a friend to join or providing opportunities to bring a friend for a visit. All centers have Guest Hours and may restrict guest usage to ensure the safety and comfort of our current members. We highly encourage members to contact the Y prior to visiting with a guest to ask about guest restrictions due to demand on the facility.

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.

  • One complimentary visit per person, per year (Jan 1—Dec 31) when accompanied by a current member
  • Additional visit (or visits without accompany by a current member) $10 per person, per visit

Nationwide Membership

When you join the Y, you become part of a national movement of 18.1 million members in more than 2,400 Ys. Because each Y is autonomous, not-for-profit, and not a franchise, local policies vary on the use of equipment, facilities and services by visiting Y members. If you plan to visit another Y, please call that Y regarding visiting member policies. General guidelines for Y Members outside of the Y in Central Maryland:

  • Guest must maintain a majority of their visits (in a month) at their hometown Y.
  • No additional charges for visit.
  • Use of facilities, services, and equipment are included; however, discounts on programs and services may vary.
  • All Y in Central Maryland locations are part of one association; therefore, a visit to one location counts as a visit to all Central Maryland locations.

Fitness Center Youth Age Policy (partial)

  • Children age 7 and under are not permitted in the fitness center.
  • Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Children age 8 - 12 may use the cardio equipment, provided they complete the Kids Cardio class (indicated by a yellow wristband) ; 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"; Keiser bike: 59"; all other cardio equipment: 58"
  • Youth age 13 - 15 may use the cardio and strength equipment (but not free weights), provided they have taken the Teen Quest training class (indicated by a blue wristband). If the class has not been taken, only cardio equipment may be used after completion of Kids Cardio class (indicated by a yellow wristband) and 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 - 9 must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian who is on the pool deck and follow swim test guidelines.
  • Youth age 10 - 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.