Douglass Community Center
Location: 512 East Grove St.
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: Programming Only
Open Gym Hours vary, please call.
The Douglass Community Center is equipped with a full-size gymnasium
with six basketball goals and a stage. The
building is open seven days a week for informal and
organized programs and activities.
- In July of 1941 neighborhood residents formed "The Douglass
Community Service Center Committee" and had a mass meeting
to start fundraising efforts because the black community's
needs were not being met with the inadequate, segregated facilities
which existed at the time.
By 1943, land adjacent to Douglass Park was acquired through
increased efforts by the black community.
In September of 1943 a second proposal to the federal government
for a grant was made. The government agreed to offer $18,500
provided the community could raise an additional $14,500.
Funds were raised from various
groups including; the black
community ($3000), Home and War Chest Organization ($2500),
Champaign Recreation Department ($3500), City of Urbana
($2000), and the remainder funded
by individual donations.
Ground was broken for the new facility on Feb. 18, 1945
Original construction cost of the 17,058 sq. ft building was
Dedicated Sept. 23, 1945.
Health and Wellness
Morning Walking 8-9:30
Youth Special Interest
L.E.A.D. Afterschool Program
School Days Out Programs
-Midnight Basketball League
-HEAT Basketball Team
-Adult and Family Night
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