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John E. Howard Community Center Park

4400 Shell Street
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
301-735-3340; TTY 301-699-2544

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday   3:30 pm-9 pm
Friday    3:30 pm-7 pm; 7 pm-10 pm (Xtreme Teens)*
Saturday  10 am-2 pm; 7 pm-10 pm (Xtreme Teens)*
Sunday    CLOSED

*The "7-10 pm" time slot on Friday & Saturday is for Xtreme Teens hours only.

This recreation facility is located within the John E. Howard Elementary School building. The community center portion of the building includes a gymnasium, game room, multi-purpose room, warming kitchen, lobby, and offices.

Play equipment, tennis courts, two athletic fields, and a picnic area are located outside the building. Recreation programs and classes in the areas of sports, arts and crafts, fitness, dance, cooking, drama, martial arts, and music, are among the activities offered here.

The center also hosts tournaments, clubs, camps, special events, workshops, drop-in programs, after-school programs, and cultural activities at different times.

Pre-schoolers, children, teens, adults, and senior citizens will find a variety of recreation opportunities available at the center. For more information about John E. Howard Community Center programs, please contact staff at the number above.


From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take the Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4) Exit West toward Forestville. Continue on Pennsylvania Avenue to Alton Street. Make a right onto Alton Street. Go one block and make a right onto DeWitt Avenue. Proceed five blocks to John E. Howard Center.

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