Parks and Recreation

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.

Willis S. Johns Recreation Center


6635 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. St. N. • St. Petersburg, Florida • 33702


(727) 893-7756 •

 Teen Room:

(727) 551-3272


Monday – Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm • Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rental Information

The general public may rent Willis S. Johns Recreation Center, parkland & shelters and athletic fields.

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Fossil Park

  • Basketball Courts
  • Large and Small Shelters
  • Playground
  • Skate Park

Fossil Park Sports

  • Baseball Fields

Fossil Park Pool

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About The Center

Willis S. Johns Center, within Fossil Park, is located in an active Northeast part of St. Petersburg. The center was named in 1971 in honor of Colonel Willis S. Johns, USAF Ret in recognition of his contributions to the community in the Meadowlawn area. The 12,500 square foot center is a busy hub with a large selection of classes including dance, karate, gymnastics, language and the long-time running Slimnastics, an adult exercise class, to mention a few. It houses a 6700 square foot gymnasium with a full size basketball court and two studio rooms that can be rented out by the general public for events. Fossil Park, named for the large number of Indian artifacts and fossils on the property, contains a skate park, pool, two outdoor basketball courts, six tennis courts, four baseball fields and a fitness trail.

The Artwork

The Fossil Wall is made up of 20 - 1.5' x 1.5' clay squares with assorted sharks teeth, toys, plants and other fossils imprinted into the squares. It was created by Michele Tuegal and Russ Gustafson-Hilton in 1997.

The Bayou Rhytm I includes two stained glass works located above each of the entrances of the facility. These colorful works depict a beach/sea setting. The artist was Lee Beistle, 1997.

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