• Cathy O’Connor

Improving recreation in NE OKC

Next week the city of Oklahoma City will break ground on another much-anticipated building benefiting residents in northeast Oklahoma City. Civic leaders and community members will gather at the new location for the 22,000-square-foot Willa D. Johnson Recreation Center at Frederick Douglass Park.

Named for former Ward 7 Councilwoman Johnson, the recreation center will be located at NE 10 Street and N. Martin Luther King Avenue and will replace the current Douglass Community Center, built in 1926. The new center is the first modern recreation center OKC Parks has built in over 40 years and will offer programming and recreation space, including an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and educational and meeting spaces.

Funding for the $18 million project comes from a bond package as part of the Better Streets, Safer City program. The flagship project is a great example of the important role bond packages and temporary sales tax initiatives play in improving our neighborhoods and way of life by upgrading and repairing our streets, sidewalks, parks, trails and bike lanes.

The new recreation center is just one of several projects contributing to the spirit of revitalization northeast Oklahoma City is experiencing. The area surrounding Frederick Douglass Park specifically will see quite a bit of activity over the next year.


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