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Groundbreaking for northeast Oklahoma City’s Willa D. Johnson Recreation Center is Oct. 28


New 22,000-sqft Recreation Center Coming to Northeast OKC

Team at Verbode
Oct 23 2 minutes read

Original Post from City of Oklahoma City Media Contact, Stacey Hamm


Join Mayor David Holt, Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice and other civic leaders at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 to break ground on the new Willa D. Johnson Recreation Center in northeast Oklahoma City.

The new 22,000-square foot recreation center at Frederick Douglass Park, 900 Frederick Douglass Ave., will replace the current Douglass Community Center built in 1926. The Johnson Recreation Center is designed with a modern flair, and will provide state-of-the-art, all-inclusive programming for Oklahoma City residents.

The center will have an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and other spaces for recreation activities and enrichment programs.

“We’re excited to introduce one of many new buildings to Ward 7 and are honored to have it named after Councilwoman Johnson, who served the City and Ward 7 with honor and distinction for 14 years,” said Councilwoman Nice.

The groundbreaking will honor former Councilwoman Johnson for her years of service. Her classmates from Frederick A. Douglass High School and many other friends plan to attend. Mayor Holt and Councilwoman Nice will be joined by OKC Parks Director Doug Kupper and Councilwoman Johnson’s son and grandchildren as speakers. Frederick A. Douglass Alumni and current Douglass students will also participate in the groundbreaking program.

The $18 million project is funded by the bond package included in the Better Streets, Safer City program. See project lists and maps at

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Media Contact
Stacey Hamm
(405) 297-3903
[email protected]

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