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Johnson Recreation Center (PARC)

Happening at the PARC

Adult Intro to Spanish — Thursdays | 5 – 6 p.m.

Have you wanted to learn Spanish? This free course is taught by a university professor and is a great way to learn with other community members. Join us for this great opportunity. Space may be limited.

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Adult Group Fitness — Saturdays | 8 – 9 a.m.

In partnership with Fit 4 Life Health & Wellness, LLC., we are offering a 12 -week Group Fitness program that focuses on a variety of fitness levels to help participants build strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and much more!

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Ballroom Dance —  Thursdays | 7 – 9 p.m.

Come and join us for an evening of ballroom dancing. Whether you're a beginner or a novice, this class is a total blast and a cardio workout! 

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Adult Education Program — Open Enrollment

In partnership with the St. Vincent Sarah and Fisher Center, the U of D Jesuit Johnson Recreation Center is offering Adult Education Programs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at the North Center Campus known as Johnson Recreation Center. New enrollment intake is held during the hours listed.

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Want to Host Your Event Here?

We  are accepting requests for space rental at the facility. Submit an event request form to book space at the U of D Jesuit Johnson Recreation Center at Joe Louis Park.

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Join Us!


We welcome the community to join us at the historic Johnson Recreation Center. The Performance, Athletics, Recreation Campus (PARC)  includes three fields on Joe Louis Park, and the 34,000 sq. ft. Johnson Recreation Center. The center provides large spaces for athletics, retreats, academic support programs, and community youth tutoring initiatives. Additionally, the center will be offering a variety of community activities and events throughout the calendar year.

Registration will be required for attendance to most events. Becoming a member is the first step of the process. Simply complete the online form(s) listed below and that's it!

As events are scheduled, they will be posted below in the "Happening at the PARC" section of the site.

Adult Memberships

Minor Memberships

Facility Usage Agreement | Release & Indemnity Agreement

All guests must complete a Facility Usage Agreement Form prior to entering the property. Please fill out both sections of this form to complete the facility use process for adults. This form is to be completed only by applicants over the age of 18. 

Release & Indemnity Agreement

Welcome to Johnson Recreation Center (aka PARC)

Hours of Operation & Contact Details

Indoor Facilities
Weekdays —10 a.m. - 3 p.m.*
Weekends — Closed

Outdoor Facilities
(basketball courts,  sports fields, Joe Louis Playground)

7-Days a Week — Dawn til dusk (outdoor facilities)*

Receptionist Desk: (313) 626-2583
Follow Us on Instagram: @udj_johnsonrec
Follow Us on Facebook: @johnsonrecudj

8550 Chippewa Avenue
Detroit, MI 48221
PH: (313) 626-2583

*Times subject to change based on scheduled or special events.