William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center (WHACC) Renovations

The mission of the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center is to build and strengthen neighborhoods and people by bringing together residents of West Center City through meaningful community building and high-quality enrichment programming for all ages and backgrounds.

About William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center

The William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center (WHACC), located on the corner of 5th and Madison Streets in Wilmington, opened its doors in 1972. The Center serves as a hub of positive community activity in the West Center City neighborhood and is focused on community-strengthening and family-focused programming. Formerly known as the West Center City Community Center, WHACC was renamed in honor of Wilmington youth and community advocate William "Hicks" Anderson.

Today, WHACC continues in the tradition of providing individual and family services to Wilmington’s families and youth. The Center is a bustling hub of activities for neighborhood children, including after-school academic enrichment and recreational programs. It also provides services for the elderly through its Adult Center, along with food and nutrition assistance, a clothes closet, and crisis services. In addition, WHACC offers quality health programming through the Center’s workout room, basketball court and swimming pool, which are all available for free to the general public. Organized sporting leagues and events, including basketball, boxing, aquatics programming, martial arts, as well as youth camps, field trips, and tutoring, are all core parts of the mission of the “Hicks” Anderson Center.

Renovation Schedule

Work Completed:

New entryway

New lobby

New dance studio

New accessible ramp

New steps

Sidewalk repair

General landscaping

Pool renovations

New gym floor

New HVAC system

Renovated locker rooms

New office & meeting space

New commercial kitchen


Estimated Cost of Renovations: $5.20 million

City Bond Funds Spent Since FY 2016: $3.53 million

City Bond Funds Budgeted in All Years: $5.41 million

City Bond Funds Expended in All Years: $5.40 million

Rendering of New Lobby

Rendering of New Lobby

Renovated Gymnasium

Renovated Locker Rooms

Dance Studio Under Construction

Renovated Pool

New Commercial Kitchen

Renovated Office Space