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FNC Tennis Center - John Leslie Courts

Located at 400 Price Street, this facility houses 20 lighted hard tennis courts. FNC Tennis Center - John Leslie Courts handles all Tennis Lessons (Youth and Adults), City and County High School Tennis Matches, USTA Leagues, and USTA Tournaments. FNC Tennis Center - John Leslie Courts is the largest public hard court tennis facility in the state of Mississippi. The courts are open year round and open to the public. Lights at the courts will turn off at 11 p.m. The 2019 Individual MHSAA Tennis State Championships were held April 29-May 1, with over 570 participants taking part. The 2021 MHSAA tournament brought in over 600 participants.  Visit for league information, news and events, and to see a calendar of all scheduled events on the courts.

Ulysses "Coach" Howell Activity Center

*COVID-19 update: Visitors will have to wear masks into the facility, but they are allowed to take them off while in a class or playing a sport such as Pickleball or basketball. It is also acceptable to access the walking track without a mask.  

The new Ulysses "Coach" Howell Activity Center (CHC) is located at 396 Price Street, on the corner of Molly Barr road, across from the police department and The Pantry. The $12 million facility hosts all of our youth basketball league games and features 12 individual basketball goals. There are two full-size basketball courts located in the gym for open play during the week. The facility can also host volleyball and Pickleball. Our new gymnastics area is located in a wing this is approximately 6,000 square feet. There is also a walking track upstairs as well as arcade and table games. 

Our information desk at the CHC is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of major holidays like New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. The facility is also open on Saturdays that don't fall on a holiday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Sundays that aren't major holidays from 1 until 5 p.m. If you would like to register for classes or sports at the information desk, please visit us during the week. We will not offer in-person registration on the weekends. The office can accessed via phone at (662) 232-2379. For a day-to-day information on hours of operation, visit our social media sites that can be accessed at the top of our website homepage. Sam Pryor is our facility manager in charge of the new center. He can be reached at (662) 816-9613 or via e-mail at [email protected] Any concerns or comments can be sent to him directly. 

Oxford Activity Center 

*COVID-19 Update: The Oxford Activity Center is now operational for for some specific activities, including Cardio Fit and Dancing with a Twist, which are part of the Leisure Lifestyles program. Pickleball will be hosted in the facility after 5 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The facility also hosts a number of activities, including fencing, karate, fencing and various dancing classes. As a reminder, masks are currently needed to be worn into all city buildings, including the OAC. 

Located at 400 Price Street, the Oxford Activity Center (OAC) facility was opened in 1976 and it remains the center of our Leisure Lifestyles programs. Classes such as Cardio Fit, yoga and pilates are held in the mornings Monday through Friday. The LLO room also has a number of table game in the mornings and afternoons. The center features two indoor basketball courts, a gymnastics room, and several multipurpose rooms. This center is available for rent. Call (662) 232-2380 for availability or more information. Contact the Activity Center office at 662-232-2379. Sam Pryor is the facility manager for the OAC. He can be reached at (662) 816-9613 or [email protected] Any concerns or comments can be sent to him directly.

Stone Center

Located at 423 Washington Ave., across from the City Pool, Stone Center is OPC's main rental facility. Reservations for the building can only be made in person at the OPC Main Office, located at 310 South 15th Street. The Stone Center contains a multi-purpose center with kitchen, storage rooms and an office. This center is available for rent and will seat (without tables) 175 people. Call (662) 232-2380 for availability or more information.

Oxford City Pool

The Oxford City Pool is now closed for the remainder of 2021. The hours are seasonal, and determined on available lifeguards but during normal situations, the pool is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The pool is open to the community during the week when the local school districts are not in session, and it does provide weekend hours through Labor Day after school resumes. The main number of the Oxford City Pool is 232-2386. Facility rental information is available by contacting the Coach Howell Activity Center Information Desk at (662) 232-2379 or 232-2380

Daily Admission Rates
Age 54 and Under - $3.00
Age 55 and Over - Free
Family Night (Not available in 2021)
$10 per family
Membership Rates (Not available in 2021)
Individual - $50
Family - $150 (immediate only)

Summer 2021 Swim Lesson Descriptions

Intro to Swim Basics -  Ages 4-12

Participants will learn personal water safety and basic swimming competency by learning water safety skills.  Water Acclimation works on becoming comfortable underwater. Introduction of basic rescue skills and basic swim strokes with assistance from instructors. Water movement will encourage forward movement in the water as well as continuing to build on self-rescue independently. Freestyle and breast stroke will be introduced. Water Stamina will focus on perfecting freestyle and backstroke with review of self-rescue skills.

Intermediate Swim Strokes -   Ages 6-12

Participants will have mastered the fundamentals taught in the Intro to Swim Basics class. Focus in this class will be stroke development in breaststroke, butterfly, and review of freestyle and backstroke.

Advanced Swimmers -   Ages 6-12

Participants in this class should be proficient in all 4 of the basic swim strokes and interested in eventually swimming competitively but not quite ready to commit. They will also be eligible to participate in our Recreational Swim Meet as well as be eligible to play Water Polo.

Adults —  18 and older

Adult participants of any skill level wanting to learn to swim are eligible to sign up for this class.

Oxford Community Garden

The Oxford Community Garden offers the opportunity to grow a vegetable or flower garden for yourself or for harvest donations to the Pantry.  We have over 50 plots of varying sizes, along with tools, water, and a lot of sunshine.  For a nominal fee, you, too, can be a member and plot holder.  Contact us any time of the year at [email protected] to ask about plot availability or about working with our Community Harvest team.  We're located at the corner of University Avenue and Bramlett Boulevard, next to the OUT bus depot. Join us!

Park Pavilions

There are a number of pavilions that are available for rental purposes. They include Avent Park, Stone Park, Price Hill, Rivers Hill and Bailey Branch. There is a two-hour minimum to rent the pavilions, which are perfectly suited for birthday parties and other family outings. Cost per hour is $20 for all pavilions outside of Avent Park; the cost for Avent is $35. There is also a $50 security deposit due at the time of contract, which is refundable if cleaning requirements are met. For more information, e-mail [email protected]


Oxford Park Commission

396 Price Street 
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 662-232-2379

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Oxford Park Commission

396 Price Street 
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 662-232-2379

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