*Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10AM-6PM, Wednesday 10AM-5PM


209 E. Franklin Street

Alcoa, TN 37701


Telephone: 865-983-1954


Lilli Brown, Center Director

This multi-purpose center has two meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, a computer lab with controlled internet access and Wi-Fi and a games area. A small meeting room also serves as a library with a variety of adult and children’s books. There is also a small outdoor playground, volleyball net and basketball courts adjacent to the facility.




We’re excited to announce that Parks & Recreation has been awarded a one-year grant from the Blount Community Fund, an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation. This grant will support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Computer Learning Lab Enhancement program.


We look forward to sharing news and photos of updates to our Computer Learning Lab. This grant will expand opportunities for students at the center with access to online educational programs, as well as accessing supplemental school work. In addition to supporting students, we will be able to offer additional technology assistance to local community members, including seniors.


For more information about the East Tennessee Foundation, please visit

*Facility may close early on occasion due to a special event or rental.


The following applies to the rental fees of our community/recreation centers:

  • A $25 deposit is due when making the reservation, with the balance being due at least three (3) business days prior to use of the facility.
  • Cancellation over thirty (30) days in advance – full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee.
  • Cancellation less than (30) days in advance – 75% refund.
  • Cancellation less than fourteen (14) days in advance – no refund.

Facilities Include

  • Kitchen
  • Meeting rooms
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Computer room
  • Playground
  • Patio with benches and charcoal grill
  • Picnic area with 10 picnic tables
  • Charcoal grills
  • Basketball Courts (2 lit)

Small Meeting Room (Library)

$15.00 per hour

Large Meeting Room

Up to 50 People

Over 50 People

2 hours (minimum)


Additional $25/hour

Use of kitchen

$10.00 extra







*A 2-hour minimum is required for all Large Meeting Room rentals.

*Center Capacity: 125

*Rules apply for decorations and heavy kitchen use/additional $25 cleaning fee may apply based on type of rental.


Upcoming programs and events being held at the Center:


MLK Living the Dream Enrichment Program

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 3:00-6:00 PM         Wednesday 3:00-5:00 PM

This program is available for Kindergarten students through Grade 12 to offer technology, STEM, and seasonal recreational activities.  Maryville College Bonner Scholars, Foster Grandparents and faithful volunteers assist children with homework, tutoring, and school-related projects.


Senior Program

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Recreational activities for seniors 55 & older including line dancing, games and recreation, sports, health and fitness, a variety of clubs, educational classes and special events.


Fall Festival at the MLK Center

October 12  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Activities will include face painting, games, inflatables, food including a Chili cook-off and much more.  Come join the fun!


Trunk or Treat

October 31  5-8 PM

The community is invited to join the fun at this annual event held in the parking lot of the MLK Center. Decorate your car, play spooky music and give out candy, with a prize being awarded to the best decorated car!


H.O.M.E. for the Holidays

November 30 at 6 PM

H.O.M.E. (Hall-Oldfield-Maryville Empowerment) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center partner for this annual community celebration to kick-off the Christmas holidays. Join us on November 30th for family fun and light refreshments. We will decorate the Center tree with MEMORIAL AND HONOR ornaments, which will be sold for $1.00 each. If you choose to put a tree in the lower field, please do so prior to the event with the last day being November 22nd.  Time: 6:00 PM with tree lighting at 7:15 PM.


For more information regarding Center activities and events or rentals please call 983-1954.



The Parks and Recreation Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information or disabling condition in employment opportunities or in the provision of parks and recreation services.