1245 East 15th Street
(785) 832-7950

East Lawrence Recreation Center


Office Hours:

    1. 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
    1. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday

Class enrollments and facility reservations may be made during office hours only.

Facility Hours:

    1. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday
    1. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday
    1. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday

Public Showers: Noon – 3 p.m. Tuesday and Friday


East Lawrence Recreation Center was built in 1979 as a 5,200 square foot facility located in the heart of Lawrence’s historic east side. This 18,500 square foot recreation center later underwent $2 million of renovations and reopened on March 15, 1997. The renovation project was funded in part of the priority set with Lawrence’s 1994 one-cent sales tax.

During facility renovations, $47,500 was allocated for original, site-specific public art. The building hosts glass and ceramic mosaics on the low, outdoor walls in the entry plaza. The mosaics echo the building’s bright colors and provide a welcoming atmosphere for the building’s entry.

Once inside, a collection of sculptures line the ceiling of the commons area.

The East Lawrence Recreation Center is a popular place among all members of the community, providing a comfortable and fun atmosphere to the public. Visitors can enjoy everything from a game of basketball to shooting pool at this recreation center.

The building hosts a gymnasium, fitness and weight room, game area, multi-purpose room that houses LPRD’s gymnastics program and meeting room complete with kitchen. The facility is open daily to the public, free of cost, and individuals may rent facility space for private events.

This facility is totally accessible. Facility features include:

  • A Full-Size Gymnasium
  • Locker/Shower Facilities
  • Smaller Gymnasium used for the Department’s Gymnastics Program,
      1. Tumble Track
        Balance Beam
        Mini Trampoline
        Cheese Wedge
        Preschool Mats
  • Game Area (billiards, foosball, ping pong)
  • Wellness/Weight Room with Cardio Equipment
      1. Two Treadmills
        Two Ellipticals
        One Arm Bike
        One Recumbent Bike
        One Multi-Pulley Machine
        Free Weights (2.5 lbs to 75 lbs.
  • Meeting Room with Full-Size Kitchen