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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

RNC Operational Updates for Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19

The Milwaukee County Courthouse will remain open during the Republican National Convention (RNC). All court operations (Civil and Family Filings, Restraining Orders, Probate, In Custody Intake Court, Preliminary Hearings) will be operating at Vel Phillips Juvenile Justice Center (10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa, WI.) For more information about how other Milwaukee County services and operations will be impacted during the RNC, visit Milwaukee County's RNC updates webpage.  

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Located in King Park, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center serves Milwaukee's near west side, offering a wide variety fitness, recreation and programming opportunities to area residents.  An annual membership or a day pass is required for entry to the facility. 

  • Membership
  • Fitness
  • Rentals
  • Programs
  • Special Events


King Center Memberships include access to the fitness center, weight room and boxing ring.

2024 Fees

Adult Memberships

Milwaukee Co. Resident Age 18+ –12-months, $56

Age 18+ – 6-months, $36

Age 18+ – 3-months, $26

Junior Annual Memberships

Milwaukee Co. Resident Age 13 – 17, $36

Age 12 & Under, $36

Family Annual Memberships

Family of 4, $113

+1 Family Member (Age 13 – 17), $16

+1 Family Member (Age 12 & Under), $10.25

Day Pass

Milwaukee County Resident, $5

Replacement Card

Any membership card, $5



Member Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. –  7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday: Closed (Open for Private Rentals Only)


Sports & Fitness

Membership of the King Center includes access to the fitness center, weight room and boxing ring.


From September to May the gym is available for open gym basketball or for indoor walking.
A mask must be worn at all times.

Open Gym Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Weight Room

No reservation required!

Weight Room  Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Host your party, athletic event or business meeting at our center!

To book, call (414) 344-5600 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Reservations are not accepted for Jan. 1, July 4, Dec. 24, 25 or 31.

Auditorium Rental

Ideal for plays, weddings, talent shows, meetings or presentations. Fixed seating. Sound system and technicians available for an additional fee.

Capacity: 200

View the Rental Sheet


Gymnasium Rental

For sporting and non-sporting events

Capacity: 600 people or 350 with tables and chairs

View the Rental Sheet


Other Room Rentals

Multi-Purpose/Community Room,* Capacity 75

Multi-Fitness Room, Capacity 75

Fun-A-Rama Room, Capacity 75

*A kitchenette is available as an add-on to this rental only

View the Rental Sheet



Programs & Partnerships

Through partnerships with area organizations, a variety of enrichment and social activities are available at the King Center.

Special Events

King Day Celebration


Each year, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an event of music, dance, spoken work, and more. The presentation is at the King Center auditorium.

Easter Egg Hunt

mid-March to mid-April

Gather the kids and arrive early -- only a limited number of children can participate! Enjoy egg painting, the egg hunt, and fun for the whole family! 

Independence Day Celebration


In partnership with the City of Milwaukee, the King Center offers a day of fun and games, a picnic, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Talent Contest. (No fireworks at this location.)


Back to School Festival


Families look forward to our annual event that brings the community together with a festival and school-supply giveaways. 

Thanksgiving Drive
& Make A Family Smile Turkey Giveaway

October - November

In October, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the We Care Crew begin taking donations for the “Make a Family Smile Turkey Giveaway.” Just before Thanksgiving, about 3,000 families receive the turkeys purchased through these generous donations. 

Get Details!

Breakfast with Santa


Take the famiy out for a pancake breakfast AND a visit with the Jolly Old Elf! Fun activites for the whole family and photo ops with Santa.


How to Find Us

1531 W. Vliet St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 344-5600


9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)
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