The City of West Miami established its Recreation Center in 1953. Physical features of buildings, fields and courts have changed over time but the initial concept of providing a local Center for children and adults to congregate and participate in recreational activities and programs has perpetuated in its original form. The needs of young families are addressed by the Recreation Center through the provision of afterschool care and summer camp programs. Various intramural and instructional sports programs enhance physical fitness and athletic development.
The Recreation Center has had a membership policy that ensures secure, supervised use by both residents and non-residence of West Miami. Various programs and activities are continuously offered and special events are celebrated throughout the year at the Recreation Center, making it a focal point of community and family involvement. Former members may visit the Recreation Center and note the changes in the Park's features, but after observing the goings-on will always conclude that it is still the "Rec" in spirit.