Recreation Center Reopens in the Reid Park Neighborhood

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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation (MCPR) has reopened the Amay James Recreation Center at 2425 Lester St, Charlotte, NC 28208. The facility features a gymnasium, multipurpose rooms, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Mecklenburg County office in the adjoining annex building.

"Neighborhood parks and recreation centers are how we assist families and individuals to stay healthy. Having the N.C. Cooperative Extension and Amay James Recreation Center working together will further improve visitors' quality of life,"  said Lee Jones, MCPR director.

The facility will be open Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for visitors to explore a variety of adult and youth programs. These programs include pickleball, an autism support group, after-school activities, and family chess. To register for programs: email [email protected], call 980-314-2572 or go online.  Facility rentals are also available for your next party, family gathering or event. 

The Recreation Center is named after Amay James, who died in 1944. She was a beloved teacher for over 40 years. She taught in segregated schools and was a mentor for Black students. Her work has been honored and recognized throughout our community.  

Our park system includes over 230 park and recreation facilities, including parks, recreation centers, nature preserves, stadiums, camping areas, greenways, multi-use greenway trails and nature preserve land.