Community Centers

Community Centers:

Closed Until Further Notice

The following four centers offer after school programming free of charge to East Chicago residents ages 5-18 years of age. Registration is required. You can register at any of the centers. Community center hours are 3:00 pm-6:30 pm Monday - Friday (excludes holidays and city events)

Bessie Owens community center located at 4001 Alexander 219-391-8478

Roxana community center located at 900 Shell Street 219-391-8369

Martin Luther King community center located at 4802 Melville 219-391-8401

Marktown community center located at 3509 Spruce Street 219-391-8370


Unity Center and Heritage Hall

Unity and Heritage community center were both built in 2018. They are brand new facilities equipped with indoor basketball courts, indoor walking trail, rock climbing, and a fitness room. Both of these facilities welcome residents and non-residents.  There is a small membership fee associates. Membership fees are due annually. 

Heritage Hall  is located at 4506 Tod Ave  219-391-8380

Unity Center is located at 3623 Guthrie Street 219-397-2392

Hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday  from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Ages 5 and up are welcome (children under 12 years of age must be accompany by an adult)

No street shoes, heels, or spike shoes are allowed in gym

Membership fees include access to facility and availability to participate in various programs that are offered throughout the year for example: sewing,  art, sports clinics, yoga, and zumba just to name a few. 

Amount/Age of PeopleResident CostNon-Resident Cost
Family of Two$25$45
Family of Three$35$65
Family of Four$50$90
Family of Five$60$110
Family of Six$75$135
Youth (Ages 5 to 18)*Free $25
Senior (Ages 55 and Up)$10$20

*Note:  youth 18 years of age must show high school id and state id in order to qualify for free membership.  Free memberships excludes usage of fitness room