Frank Chester Recreation Center

The Frank Chester Recreation Center is a 19,000 square feet Recreation Center located at the Benning Park. It offers a diverse selection of classes for all ages ranging from arts and crafts to fitness and sports. The center can also be rented for private parties, reunions, sport events or banquets. Located in front of the building is a racquetball court, eight tennis courts, four softball fields, and Born Learning Trail. Children enjoy the playground equipment.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Closed Sunday

Center Director: Sharon Calhoun

1441 Benning Drive
Columbus, Georgia 31903

tel: 706-225-3723

Frank Chester Recreation Center Rules: 

  • Respect all staff/participants
  • No sagging of pants
  • No profanity allowed
  • No fighting
  • No running or horseplaying in facility
  • No drugs, alcohol, or weapons allowed on the premises
  • No hats, "do-rags", etc. worn in building
  • No bandanas
  • No food or drinks allowed in the gym
  • No sitting on game tables
  • No sunflower seeds
  • No graffiti or damage to the building
  • Only one ball in the gym during full court play
  • Daily activities will cease 15 minutes prior to closing
  • Please respect the center and staff by using the trash cans for all trash



Capacity 505
Deposit: $150 - Non-Resident
Rental Fee: $125/3Hrs *
$35 each additional hour




Community Room & Kitchen
Capacity: 35 - 50
Deposit: $100 - Non-Resident
Rental Fee: $75 / 3Hrs *
$20 each additional hour


game room

Game Room
Deposit: $100 - Non-Resident
Rental Fee: $90/3 Hrs *
$25 each additional hour

rec center

Entire Facility
Deposit: $150 - Non-Resident
Rental Fee: $175/3 Hrs *
$300 / 6 Hrs *
$50 each additional hour