Douglass Community Center

douglass1Location: 512 East Grove St. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2573
Fax: 217-398-2575
Bus Line: Gray

  • 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 for informal and organized programs and activities.


  • Birthday Parties
  • Health and Wellness
    • Morning Walking 8-9:30
  • Youth Special Interest
    • Coca & Carols
    • CU Days
    • Egg Hunt
    • L.E.A.D. Afterschool Program
    • School Days Out Programs
    • Summer Daycamps
  • Teens
    • Teen Leadership/Mentoring Program
    • Teen Recreational Activities & Special Events
    • Teen Open Gym
  • Sports
    • Basketball
      - Adult Open Gym Basketball
      - First String Youth Basketball Program
      - HEAT Basketball Team
      - Men's Basketball League
      - Men's Basketball Tournaments
      - Pickleball
      - Youth Sports Clinics
    • Volleyball
      -Open Gym


  • 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), City of 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 $35,000
  • Dedicated Sept. 23, 1945.
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