The 12th & Park Recreation Center is a great facility in a great location. An indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room and boxing gym accompany outdoor basketball courts and sports fields just south of downtown - all free of charge. All it takes is a basic registration and you can play basketball on courts that won RFT’s “Best of St. Louis” award in 2009, or spar in 2008’s best boxing gym. You can pump iron day and night if that’s your thing, or take a water aerobics class in the morning. Since the '70s, this versatile facility has kept innumerable children and adults entertained. Currently, a local charter school holds recess at the center, and various after-school programs keep children busy in the afternoon. Adult class offerings vary by season, but the weight room is available as long as the center is open.