Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center


The goal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation center is to inspire and motivate people to realize, magnify, and achieve their full potential through committed, supervised instruction, educational initiatives, and community outreach to support the development of individual’s future endeavors. The MLK Community Center offers a fitness center, after-school recreation programs, summer fun camps, senior programs, adult fitness classes, computer lab, special events and more!

The MLK Community Center has a space for every event. Let us hold your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, organization or neighborhood meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a few room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is NOT permitted at the Center.


Gymnasium       (up to 250 people)                                                                     $90/hr

Theatre Room        (up to 35 people)                                                                   $70/hr

Community Room        (up to 50 people)                                                            $70/hr

Repass Rates (2 hours, flat rate)

Community Room & Kitchen                                                $150

Gymnasium Only                                                                    $200

Gymnasium & Kitchen                                                           $225

Community & Sports Events

Sports Events – To be negotiated with the Director

Community Collaberation with MLK Programs – To be negotiated between the Programmer and the Director

Community Non-Collaberative – To be negotiated with the Director



Additional information:

*There is a 2 hour minimum on all rentals.

*Contracts should be signed at the time a deposit is made to hold a date.

*Balances are due 72 hours before the rental date, in most cases.

* Repasses are to be paid in full at the time of contract.

*Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.

*Deposit is $100, which includes table & chair set-up by staff and 30 minutes before and after rental period for set-up and clean-up.

*Checks/Money Orders are to be made payable to South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts (VPA).

Facility Rental Coordinator is available:

11:00am – 2:00pm & 3:00pm – 5:00pm Daily, or by appointment.

Please contact:

Josephine Merriweather

(574) 235 – 9126

Park Improvements

HV/AC completed

In the fall of 2017, a new complete heating and cooling system was installed at Martin Luther King Jr Center. This installation gave the gymnasium central air conditioning for the first time. The units have resulted in a 20% increase in energy efficiency. Fencing is installed, shielding the units.

Sidewalks and Service Road design

Sidewalk repairs on the concrete walkways and the addition of an asphalt service road.

Pavilion Improvements proposed

Entrance Plaza Upgrade completed

New pavilions on both sides of the building are proposed. The addition of a moderate entrance plaza upgrade has been completed in a volunteer/partnership effort with Lowe’s Home Improvement last fall.

Activities at this Location