The grand reopening of Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

“We are excited to return high-quality recreation programming for all ages and abilities to Robinson Park Recreation Center,” said Human Services and Recreation Director Brenda Harvey-Williams in a prepared statement. “Recreation programming improves neighborhood quality of life and well-being, strengthens public safety and brings people together. We look forward to welcoming the community back to the center and to our programming.”

The recreation center, located in Robinson Park, is named after legendary athletes Jackie and Mack Robinson, who lived nearby on Pepper Street before Mack helped destroy Adolf Hitler’s claims of Aryan superiority by winning the silver medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, finishing 0.4 seconds behind Jesse Owens.

Jackie would make history when he became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball after he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

The Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation Project began construction in May 2017.

The old recreation center was demolished and replaced with a 9,000-square-foot multipurpose room, administrative offices, kitchen, open courtyard, restrooms and a conference room, as well as an approximately 4,900-square-foot addition of fitness and dance rooms, storage and common areas. 

The building is fully accessible and includes energy efficient lighting, audio-visual technology and security upgrades, as well as drought-tolerant landscaping. 

In addition to the recreation center improvements, the 7,300-square-foot gymnasium at Robinson Park underwent renovations that included extensive structural upgrades, aesthetic improvements, and the installation of a new hardwood floor.

The recreation center will host arts and crafts, dance, adult fitness classes, yoga, summer day camp, aquatics, and youth enrichment classes, such as guitar and drawing.

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