The Edward “Peel” Coleman Center opened in 1985, giving the Southeast end of Canton a community center of its own. The Center would go on to provide a “home away from home” for many children going up in the area.
Named after former Canton City Councilman Edward “Peel” Coleman, the center has been home to many local organizations over the years such as the Stark County Urban League, YMCA of Greater Stark County, the Stark County Minority Business Association and most recently Head Start and Canton Parks and Recreation.
Major building upgrades and renovations have been underway since 2019. The gym saw a full renovation in 2020 with the replacement of basketball hoops, portable bleachers, court dividers and a new paint job. The brand new gym floor -complete with NBA and OHSAA regulation length 3-point lines- was added to finish off the project. The gym was dedicated to long-time Youth Development Director for the City of Canton – Paul Martin.
Improvements continued in 2020-2021 with a new weight room, audio equipment, remodeled space and increased security measures.
Wayne Douglas Jamerson Spray Park
The Wayne Douglas Jamerson Spray Park by the Edward “Peel” Coleman Community Center at 1400 Sherrick Road SE has two play areas and plastic playground fixtures shaped like football field uprights, a soccer ball, a baseball bat, a baseball glove and a green circle. The park is surrounded by a fence.
The park is open noon to 8 p.m. daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. It’s free for use by the public.
COMMUNITY CENTER PROGRAMS
Check back soon for registration information for a full slate of programs at the Edward “Peel” Coleman Center.
FITNESS & ATHELTIC PROGRAMS
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
Ages 16 & Up
This class is designed for beginners who are new to the practice of yoga. You will learn the foundational basics to start and keep building upon those skills as you learn and grow during each session. You will experience not only the physical benefits, but also connect the mind and body throughout the series leading to an increase in overall wellness.
LADIES HIP HOP FITNESS
Ages 18 & Up
Ladies come learn some captivating moves and get fit in the process. This class combines hip hop dance and aerobic fitness. All fitness levels are welcome to attend.
Ages 13 & Up
Zumba is a total-body workout incorporating all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy each time you leave class. Zumba takes the “work” out of workout, by mixing lowintensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, dance fitness party.
Get your team together and join us on Mondays for this exciting cornhole league. Teams can be all male, all female, or coed. Rosters consist of 4 players; two players and two substitutes. All ages are welcome.
YOUTH & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
PRESCHOOL READING PROGRAM
Join us and our partners at SPARK Ohio for fun reading stories, making crafts, and more all geared toward developing strong reading skills in your preschooler. The entire family is welcome to join in.
Grades 9 - 12
This course is designed to help high school students maximize their potential on the ACT and SAT college entrance exams
Grades K- 12
Many children need extra assistance with school work. We’re here to help. Students at every grade level can get the help they need in math, language arts, and science. All grade levels welcome.
YOUTH HIP HOP DANCE
Have your child join us to learn all about hip hop dance. Kids will learn movement techniques and more!
FRIDAY NIGHT RECESS
All Ages and Grades Welcome
Bring the whole family to have some good oldfashioned recess. We’ll play games like kickball, dodgeball, basketball, volleyball & more. Refreshments will be served.
Grades K- 12
Do you have a youngster interested in starting their own business? We have a program designed just for them. This 9 week course will teach the basics of developing an idea, researching that idea, doing market research, and developing a pitch to present to potential investors! At the end of the 9 weeks, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to community members and entrepreneurs for a chance to win prizes and more in their very own pitch contest!
We’re partnered with ArtsinStark to offer a variety of artsbased programming. There is no cost for these programs. The only way to register is in-person at the Peel Coleman Center. Each session is limited to 20 children.
Grades 3 - 5: Marvelous Murals
This class will teach students about color, tone, contrast, and balance as they paint and piece together their own indoor murals. Students will gain team-building skills and enhance their creativity as they collaborate and create a unique piece of artwork.
Grades 2 - 5: Musical Theatre/Improv Games
Students explore characterizations and creativity while learning basic acting skills. Students will develop confidence and quickthinking skills through improvisational acting games, “commercial” coaching, and fun theatre inspired dance that is catered to for each age group.
Grades 6 - 8: Mosaic Art
Students will be guided to create their own unique piece of glass mosaic art. Students will learn the process of creating mosaics from drawing their image through a grouting technique to the proper installation of colorful glass stones.