To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.
Frank Pierce Recreation Center is located in Bartlett Park, a 133 acre greenspace with Salt Creek - a shoreline fishing location and the adjacent St. Petersburg Tennis Center. Frank Pierce Recreation Center has a long standing tradition of youth activities: camps, sporting facilities and playground equipment as well as classes and activities for all ages.
Who is Frank W. Pierce?
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Frank Pierce completed his elementary and secondary education in that city. He received his Bachelor of Science from South Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree from New York University.
Frank Pierce came to St. Petersburg in 1957 as one of the original faculty members at Gibbs Junior College. He was head of the science department, coach of the basketball team, and director of student activities. When integration brought the merger of Gibbs and Saint Petersburg Junior College, he went to the college’s Clearwater campus to teach biology.
The list of his civic activities is a long one. He has been co-chairman of the Community Alliance, chairman of Pinellas Opportunity Council and the Urban Development Corporation. He was a member of Pinellas County Charter Commission, St. Petersburg Planning Commission, Pinellas County Transportation Authority and the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
He was vice president and board member of the United Way, a board member of the NAACP, Community Services Council and Dean Mohr Plaza. He was a district leader of the Pinellas Democratic Party, a president of the Community Democratic Club, an arbitrator for the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program, chairman of the Trustee Board of Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church and a life member and past president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
He made two unsuccessful campaigns for the Pinellas County School Board and worked for many Democratic candidates from Franklin Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.
His legacy of valuable contributions to his community will forever live on.
For information on sport leagues at Frank Pierce, and other sporting facilities in the area see our sports/athletics section.
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