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Gaines Park and Community Center

Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center

Address:
1501 N. Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, Fl 33401

Phone: (561) 804-4960

Community Center:
Mon-Fri: 12 (noon)–9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: Closed

Parks Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Center Staff:
Marvelous WashingtonCenter Supervisor: Marvelous Washington
Program Coordinator: Dante Dowers
Facility Maintenance: Stan Travis

This park offers the most diverse facilities of all. Conveniently located at Australian Avenue and 15th Street, situated behind the Community Center and Municipal Pool you will find five picnic shelters with barbecue grills and numerous sports facilities.

Amenities:
Jogging Path Trail Community Center Playgrounds Barbeque Grills Tennis Raquetball Soccer Baseball Picnic Tables Restrooms Football Fountains Softball Gymnasium

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Adult Programs

Line Dancing Class (on going)
Come mingle with friends while enjoying social activities as Line Dancing (Stepping). Come have some fun while learning the latest Dance Steps to light Jazz and Old School R & B Music. Dress casually and comfortably.
Ages: 18 and over
Day: Friday
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fee: $5/Resident, $7/Non-resident

Open Adult Computer Lab (on going)
It’s never too late to learn something new! This program is designed for adults interested in the fundamentals of using the Internet, Microsoft Words, Excel, and Power Point. Provide opportunities to research educational, employment and community resources.
Ages: 18 and over

Tennis

Open Tennis Court (on going)
Come play at your leisure on our tennis court. Come to the office to register. Bring your own equipment.
Ages: All
Days: Monday – Saturday
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm / 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fee: Free

The Jimmie “Doc” Horne, Sr. Tennis Court
Private morning and evening lessons are available by appointment. For more information, contact us at (561) 659–0735.

Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center Rental Information and Applications:

This facility can be rented to accommodate large events (conferences, receptions, graduation parties, birthday parties and more). Available amenities, grand hall, conference rooms, warming kitchen, dance floor and stage. Please contact us at (561) 804-4960
Rental Application | Rental Rates and Facility Use Policy

Youth Empowerment Center

Youth Empowerment Centers (YEC) are located at Gaines Park and Pleasant City. YECs incorporates teen specific programs for teens 12 – 19 years old. These facilities feature a multipurpose building for programs and activities, Audio Video & Recording Labs, Computer labs, playground area, gymnasium and outdoor basketball courts. When West Palm Beach, like many urban cities nationwide, began experiencing an escalation of youth gun violence, the City partnered with the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and a host of service providers to create a facility specially designed for teens.

We opened the YEC in 2007, since then have enrolled over 900 area teens in educational and recreational programs including computer use, design and construction; tutoring; FCAT prep; audio/video production; substance abuse education; teen pregnancy prevention; intramural basketball and flag football; talent competitions; gang prevention; job readiness and training. We hold job fairs, offer career planning, college tours and a place to just hang out. The center is open Monday through Saturday – with a game room that includes gymnasiums, X-Box 360, billiards, ping pong, card tables; Wii and other activities. Come check us out!