Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
[email protected]
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Reserve this Center
• Capt. James Rowan Gymnasium
• Ruth Benn Community Room
• indoor basketball
• locker rooms with showers
• billiards room
• game room
• full-size kitchen with portable counter
• weight room
• study room with library and computers
• adjacent to Claude Walker Ballfields
• Dr. E.V. Davidson - Monthly Calendar [PDF]
Handicap SignAccessible parking and restrooms
katRoute 34 - 1 min. walk - Wilson Ave. at Castle St.
City Council District: 6
Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center

3124 Wilson Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37914

East Knoxville

Yolanda CroweJosh Kennedy
Recreation Specialists: Terry Ford and Josh Kennedy

Directions: From I-40, Take the CHERRY ST exit- EXIT 390. Turn RIGHT onto N CHERRY ST. Turn LEFT onto E MAGNOLIA AVE/US-11/US-70/TN-1. Turn RIGHT onto N CASTLE ST. Turn LEFT onto WILSON AVE. End at 3124 Wilson Ave.

Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center, formerly the Eastside YMCA, was renovated and reopened by the City of Knoxville in 2005. The center features a large gymnasium, fitness room, a community room and kitchen. The facility also has a study room with a free library and computers available for student use.


The operating hours for Dr. E.V. Davidson Community Center typically consist of Monday's (10:00am-9:00pm), Tuesday's (11:00am-9:00pm), Wednesday's (1:00pm-9:00pm), Thursday's (11:00am-9:00pm) and Friday's (10:00am-6:00pm). However, when Knox County Schools are closed for in-service days, certain holidays or prolonged breaks, hours change to 10:00am-6:00pm on the day(s) of the week effected. If you have a questions about changes in hours, programs or center availability, please contact each center specifically.


Are you interested in knowing what is going on at Dr. E.V. Davidson? Click below for a printable version of this month’s program calendar!
Dr. E.V. Davidson - Monthly Calendar [PDF]

Additional Center Prog
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EV Davidson Imagination Playground/ASP

Through a grant with KaBoom! and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN Health Foundation, Dr. EV Davidson was awarded an Imagination Playground. Pictured here are children from the City of Knoxville After School Program, along with Mayor Madeline Rogero and other City of Knoxville and BCBSTN representatives.


Dr. Elvyn V. Davidson, M.D. (1923-2010) was one of Knoxville’s most prominent African-American medical practitioners and surgeons. 


Toddler Class is a class for children ages 1-4.  The class operates on Mondays from 9:30 am until 11:00 am.  One of our wonderful staff created this class for toddlers to enjoy physical activity and develop motor skills through play.
Weight Room is a space in our facility designed to provide a means of exercise equipment to the members of the community.
Open Gym is a time designed for community members to play pick-up basketball.
After School Program is a free service for parents of children ages 6-12.  The program operates from 2:45 pm until 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday on Knox County School's schedule.  Participants enjoy gym games, arts and crafts, board games and a daily snack is provided.
D's Bootcamp is a class for all members of the community and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Coach D, the awesome recreation specialist at our facility, designs different workouts each week to develop strength, endurance, and motivation.
Tutoring is a free program offered to our after-school program children.  The program operates on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm.  There are two sessions, each 45 minutes in duration, and provides extra help to children who are having challenges with school work.  We also look to encourage seniors to volunteer to gain experience in working with children while developing leadership skills.
Volleyball is a group of community members who operate on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.  They play multiple games of volleyball while enjoying the fun of being together.


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.