Basketball League, Indoor Pool, Fitness and Computer Classes in Crown Heights

St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn

Pool at St. John's Recreation Center
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A Recreational Gem in Crown Heights

Located in the diverse neighborhood of Crown Heights, and adjacent to Bedford-Stuyvesant, the St. John's Recreation Center is part of the urban legacy of Robert Moses. Opened in 1951 and renovated in the late 1980s, it’s considered a fine year-round recreation area, particularly for teens. It is one of seven large indoor public recreation facilities run by the New York Parks Department in Brooklyn, NY.

A story about the recreation center's history was also featured in Brownstoner. 

Although membership is required for use of the pool, there are a number of free activites for both kids and adults.

St. John's Recreation Center offers after school programs, computer labs and free tennis lessons. Afterschool programs, including computer labs, are held Monday-Friday until 6 p.m. Free tennis lessons are offered on Saturday mornings.

Millennium Basketball League is a free basketball league and tournament for kids. The league is open to boys (ages 8-16) and girls (ages 8-13) at participating recreation centers at St. John's as well as Brownsville Red Hook.

Both "Shape Up NYC Body Conditioning" and Shape Up NYC Cardio Sculpt classes are held at the St. John's Recreation Center. The classes are free, and for participants of all ages.

Outdoor facilities at Brooklyn's St. John's Recreation Center

  • 3 athletic fields
  • playground

For KIDS and TEENS in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Teen Room

  • kitchen
  • gymnasium
  • 6 basketball courts
  • 2 fitness rooms
  • computer room
  • 2 locker rooms

Special Programs

  • Free Afterschool Program
  • Free Millennium Basketball League
  • free Tennis Lessons
  • Basketball
  • Computer Lab
  • Game Room
  • Gymnasium
  • Family Swim
  • Swimming
  • Children's Swimming Camp
  • Weight Room & Cardio

For ADULTS and SENIORS in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

  • Basketball
  • Computer Lab
  • Family Swim
  • Gymnasium
  • Ladies' Night
  • Quilting
  • Senior Low Impact Aerobics
  • Senior Walk
  • Senior Water Aerobics
  • Shape Up NYC Body Sculpting classes
  • Shape Up NYC Cardio Sculpt classes
  • Swimming
  • Tai Chi & Chi Kung
  • Weight Room & Cardio

Of course, programs change from time to time. Contact the NYC Parks Department or the number listed below for information on this season's schedules.

Where it is: St. John's Recreation Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn

  • Address: 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213
  • Phone: (718) 771-2787
  • Nearest Subway: A Train to Utica Avenue then short walk or 3, 4 Train to Utica Avenue then short walk
  • Nearest Bus: B65, B15 bus to Schenectady Avenue or B45 bus to Schenectady Avenue
  • Cross Streets: Troy & Schenectady Avenue (St. John's Park)
  • Neighborhood: Crown Heights
  • Times: Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fee: Pool membership required. Some programs are free.
  • Learn More at the Official Website

Edited by Alison Lowenstein