Martin Luther King Jr. Center
The King Community Center is located in the Howard Woods Recreation Complex at 1107 Adrian Street. The center sits on 10 acres that include; basketball and tennis courts, a pavilion, a softball and little league baseball field, and a 1/3 mile walking track that connects to the City of Jackson Inter-city Trail.
The interior included a multipurpose gymnasium with a traverse wall for youth. The center also offers a Health and Fitness Room that includes free weights, weight machines, and cardiovascular heath equipment including treadmills and elliptical machines. Connecting to the gym is the commercial kitchen that serves warm dinners to youth every week day after-school, and is used frequently for special events and rentals.
The northwest end of the center includes the Flamingo Brown Meeting Room where many local community organizations hold regular meetings each month. Some of the groups that meet in this room include the NAACP, The A. Phillip Randolph Organization, National Association of Negro and Professional Business Women, and the Southside Reunion Committee.
The south west end of the center offers the Tony Dungy/Comcast Media Lounge. The lounge is currently being renovated and includes multiple computers with internet access and other internet ready programs. The lounge includes the Comcast Digital Recording Studio’s that offer music and studio recording and learning opportunities to youth in the community.
Each week day the center has an after-school program that operates from 3:00pm -5:30pm for all school aged youth. The youth participate in supervised recreational activities, homework assistance and tutoring, and receive and free hot meal provided by the Jackson Public Schools Nutrition Program daily.
There are also sports training programs, weight training assistance, as well as a variety of recreation programs offered through the recreation department held at the center also,
The King Center also hosts a variety of special events like church tea’s, birthday parties, anniversaries, and a variety of other community meetings. Applications for reserved events are available at the center and at the Jackson Recreation Department Main Office. Please check with the center first for availability before completing your event application. Reserved Recreation Department and City of Jackson events take precedence over rental activities.