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Roy Wilkins Recreation Center

Merrick Blvd. bet. 115 Ave., 116 Ave., and Baisley Blvd.


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Roy Wilkins is far more than an ordinary park or recreation center. Named after the famed civil rights leader and former NAACP president, this unique public space is a cultural touchstone for all of New York City.

The park's 425-seat theater is home to its own troupe, the Black Spectrum Theatre, which is devoted to performing socially-conscious dramas. But the theater isn't the park's only innovation—a four-acre vegetable garden gives local kids and adults the opportunity to grow their own produce, an exceptional space in a city as crowded as New York.

And Roy Wilkins is well-loved for its other features, as well. When the weather warms up, the park's handball, basketball, and tennis courts are filled to the brim, and swimmers use its indoor pool all year long.

Discover the history of Roy Wilkins Recreation Center


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Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersRoy Wilkins Recreation Center

The pool is closed for necessary repairs and is expected to be reopened April 1st, 2018. Thank you for your patience as we complete this project. If you require additional assistance, please contact the facility managers at (718) 276 - 8686 or NYC Parks Queens Recreation at (718) 393 - 7370
Anticipated Completion: 04/02/2018

Recreation CentersRoy Wilkins Recreation Center

Roy Wilkins Recreation Center will be undergoing Capital improvements starting March 12. Upgrades include: a new roof over the gym, rebuilt activity rooms, and improved drainage and waterproofing in and around the building. Over the next 18 months, some programming spaces and some areas of the building will be closed to complete work. Please check this website regularly for closure details.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2018

Partner Organization

Southern Queens Park Association
  • Eastern Wheelchair Basketball Conference Games I
  • Eastern Wheelchair Basketball Conference Games III
  • Eastern Wheelchair Basketball Conference Games II
  • Roy Wilkins Recreation Center
  • Roy Wilkins Recreation Center
  • African-American Hall of Fame at Roy Wilkins

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