Joseph Lee Center

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community center exterior

Available Amenities

Accessible Amenities Artificial Reef Bait & Tackle Baseball Basketball Benches Beach Pier Bike Racks Bike Trail Birding Trail Boat Dock Boat Fuel Boat Pumpout Boat Ramp Boat Trailer Parking Canoe Rental Community Center Concession Stand DogPark Drinking Fountain Equestrian Trail Fishing Available Football Golf Grills Hiking Trail Nonmotorized Launch Kayak Rental Lighting Manatee Education Multipurpose Field On the water Paddle Board Rental Parking Pickleball PWC Rental Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Playground Restaurant Restrooms RiverWalk Sailboard Rental Sailboat Rental Scenic Overlook Skate Park Soccer Splash Pad Surfing Swimming Pool Tennis Trash Barrels Wheelchair Accessible

About Joseph Lee Center

The Joseph Lee Center is located on 42nd Street in north Jacksonville, between Perry St. and Springfield Blvd. The ultramodern building opened as a Teen Center in October 1962, and the City provided supervised recreation and held weekend dances for teenagers. The facility soon evolved into a community center for all age groups, and the City built a basketball court on the grounds. Groups that have extensively used the Center over the years include the North Jacksonville Ceramics Club and the Ocean Waves Square Dance Club. The Center was named for Joseph Lee (1862-1937), considered the father of the American playground movement. After creating his own Boston playground in the early 1890’s, he observed and recorded the results. Lee then championed playgrounds in articles, books, and speeches across America, and served for 27 years as president of the organization that became the National Recreation Association in 1930. Additional features:
Amenity Count
Basketball Lighted 1
Benches 3
Car Parking 30
Community Center  
Grills 1
Perimeter Site Fencing  
Picnic Tables 4
Restrooms 1
Trash Barrels 6