John T. O'Connor Center

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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• playground
• meeting room
• softball field
• accessible parking entrance & restrooms
• adjacent to Caswell Park, Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, and First Creek Greenway
Contact Center for times and schedule
katRoute 30 - at entrance

City Council District: 6
John T. O'Connor Senior Citizen's Center

611 Winona Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
Fax: 865-523-7869

East Knoxville

Directions: From I-40, Merge onto TN-158 W/JAMES WHITE PKWY via EXIT 388A toward JAMES WHITE PKY. Take the exit toward SUMMIT HILL DR. Turn LEFT onto E SUMMIT HILL DR. Merge onto TN-158 E/JAMES WHITE PKWY/US-11 N/US-70 E/TN-1 N via the ramp on the LEFT toward I-40. Merge onto E MAGNOLIA AVE/US-11/US-70/TN-1. Turn LEFT onto N WINONA ST. End at 611 Winona St.

The John T. O'Connor Senior Center is managed by Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC).  This center, which recently underwent major renovation, offers a wide range of activities and services for citizens 55 years and older. Everyday activities include blood pressure checks, cards, billiards and horseshoes. Other activities available throughout the week include aerobics, dance and basket weaving. There is no general membership fee.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In recognition of his service to the City, the first senior citizen center in Knoxville was opened in 1960 and named after John T. O’Connor.The center was originally located on 4th Avenue in the 4th and Gill area, but was later relocated to a new building currently located on Winona Street.O’Connor (1881-1968) served the City in many roles, including Mayor (1932 to 1935), City Council member (1950 to 1957) and Welfare Director (1938 to 1941).


Are you interested in knowing what is going on at the O'Connor Center? Click Here to link to the Office on Aging website and locate the heading "Calendar" for the most recent schedule of activities offered.

The following are prohibited in city recreation centers:

1) Possession of firearms and weapons
2) Possession of drugs, alcohol, or any elicit substance
3) Smoking or use of tobacco products
4) Gambling
5) Use of profanity
6) Fighting
7) Dunking or hanging on rims of basketball goals
8) Pets
9) Only indoor court shoes allowed (ex: tennis shoes or non-marking soles.)

Violation of these rules or any other rules set by individual centers may result in suspension from this center and others. Suspension terms will be set by each center.