The Oxford Community Center is the combined Jimmy Lee Recreation Center and the Great River Water Park - a year-round indoor water park. Besides the water park, this facility offers families a playground, four gymnasiums, a picnic area and several sports fields.
2020 Reopening Information:
The City of Saint Paul reopened Great River Water Park at Oxford Community Center beginning in October for lap swim and water aerobics, with adjustments for health and safety. Advance reservations are required by calling 651-642-0650 or online.
Open swim and swimming lessons will be offered at a later date and some amenities, including the water slides, drinking fountains, diving board, sauna, and shared pool equipment are not currently offered.
Great River Water Park in the Oxford Community Center
Great River Water Park is an indoor aquatics facility that offers families swimming lessons and open swim times. Life jackets are available to borrow for free, and there is also a children's activity pool. Daily admission is $6-$7/pp or $24 for a family of 5 (additional family members are $4/pp). Non swimmers are $4 and infants are free. Memberships are also available.
Jimmy Lee Play Area
Work began on the renovation of the existing play area at Jimmy Lee in late October of 2018 and was finished in August of 2019. The new play equipment meets CPSC and ADA guidelines and has a synthetic resilient surface to provide more accessibility and increase safety. Artist Arlene Birt was been commissioned to create artwork to recognize Jimmy Lee. The playground has a sports theme. See images in the Facebook post embedded below:
Rec Tech Lab at Jimmy Lee Recreation Center
Installation of new modern computer facilities is complete. Community members can use the lab to develop computer literacy and skills. Other rec centers with modernized computer labs include Martin Luther King Recreation Center, El Rio Vista Recreation Center, and Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center. Hazel Park Recreation Center and Rice Recreation Center Teen Zone will be updated soon. St. Paul Parks and Recreation will also host trainings in these recreation centers.
Birthday Parties at Oxford Community Center
St. Paul Recreational Centers have rooms available for rent. A PDF price sheet can be found HERE. Rooms at this facility include a craft room, a computer lab, a dance studio (wouldn't it be fun to have a ballerina birthday party in a dance studio?), four gymnasiums and a multi-purpose room.
Great River Water Park Birthday Parties
Great River Water Park also has birthday party packages starting at $12/person for a cake and ice cream package or $15/person to add a pizza or hot dog meal. For those who are not looking for a package, sun shelters can be rented for 2 1/2 hour time slots.
Free Summer Meals at Oxford Community Center
Saint Paul Parks offers a free summer meals program for youth 18 years of age and under. For more information, call 651-292-6508.
Summer Blast Program at Oxford Community Center
Summer Blast is a free afternoon program for kids who will be starting grades 1-6. Most locations are Monday-Thursday from 1pm-4pm from mid-June to mid-August. Activities include crafts, art, tennis, cooking, swimming, gym games, water fun, outdoor nature activities, outdoor play, fitness, kitchen science and more. Visit the Summer Blast website for more information.