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Skinner Center


COVID-19 Update

Due to health concerns, all Community Centers, Senior Centers and Pools are closed to the general public. We are working with local health officials to determine when and how it is safe to reopen to the public. For more information, please contact the Parks and Neighborhoods Administration Office at 901-636-4200.

Raymond Skinner Center 

The Raymond Skinner Center started with hope, volunteer spirit, and desire to serve. A Memphis therapist, Paul Regan, gathered a group of volunteers to begin a nonprofit effort to provide services and programming for individuals experiencing disabilities in the Memphis area. In 1966, a private philanthropist, Raymond Skinner, made a donation to the nonprofit group to establish a physical location for the center-  in the Cooper-Young neighborhood in the heart of Memphis, where the Skinner Center resides to this day. In its 50+ years of service, the Skinner Center has remained the ultimate resource for individuals living with disabilities in Memphis, especially for families who could not afford services or programs in other places.  

Today, the Skinner Center is visited by 450 individuals per month and is administered by the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods. The Skinner Center is a place for growth, joy, and friendship. 

Our Mission: To provide community-based recreational opportunities for individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities in a safe, attractive well maintained facility. 
The staff of the Raymond Skinner Center welcomes all physically challenged residents to take part in the activities and programs offered at the facility. Please call if you have questions about any of the offerings. 

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Facility Amenities 

  • Heated indoor pool 
  • Outdoor spray-ground 
  • Game room 
  • Ceramics studio 
  • Gymnasium with a weight-lifting area 

Activities and Programs 

All activities take place at the Skinner Center. Activities are directed by Skinner Staff. We do not have capacity to program with children on a one on one basis. In a week’s time we will be able to determine if your child is qualified to attend our program. If they are not qualified to attend our program. 

FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm every Friday Night. 

REACH OUT: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday 
Recreation program for special needs adults:  activities include arts & craft, board games, ceramics, community trips, exercises, gym games, singing, sports, swimming and weight training. Click for Schedule  

Outdoor Spray-Grounds 

  • Opening Date: 4th Saturday of May (Prior to Memorial Day) 
  • Closing Date: 2nd Monday of September