General Information

Cancellations and Rain Outs

The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department cancels all classes and activities if the Paducah City Schools are closed due to weather. The administrative offices will remain open unless specifically stated. The cancellation phone number is 270-444-8621. You can also check for cancellations on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Community Garden Program

The Community Garden is located in the open field at the corner of 14th and Madison Streets at the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park.  Call the Parks office at 270-444-8508 or visit the office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive if you have any questions.

Contacts and Staff

The Parks & Recreation Department office, located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-5 p.m. If you have questions, call 270-444-8508. Visit Staff Contacts for phone numbers and email addresses of Parks staff.


The City of Paducah has several ordinances related to dogs including dogs at special community events, chaining and tethering of dogs, enclosure and chaining requirements for the confinement of dogs, sanitary disposal of dog feces, and precautions for owners of dangerous dogs. To view all the ordinances related to dogs, visit Dog Ordinances. Thanks to a public-private partnership, the Paducah Dog Park is now open to the public at Stuart Nelson Park. 

Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Department currently is working to develop an updated Master Plan.  To learn more, visit Parks Master Plan

Memorials (Commemorative Bricks, Trees, and Park Benches)

Commemorative bricks are available for purchase. View the Brick Order Form Application for more information or call the Parks office at 270-444-8508 ext. 3.

The Parks & Recreation Department accepts donations for the purpose of planting trees and installing benches within City Parks to memorialize a departed family member or friend or to commemorate a special occasion. View the Donation Policy and Contract Form for more information.

Parks and Facilities

The Parks a& Recreation Department has more than two dozen Parks and Facilities for your enjoyment.  

Permits for Festivals and Events

Permits are issued for general assemblies, also referred to as special events. Special events that require permits include walks at Noble Park, parades, festivals, and fishing tournaments at the Ohio River Boat Launch. A permit is necessary for a special event that will be conducted on the streets, parks, or other public areas in the City of Paducah. For more information including the permit application, visit Festivals/Events Permits


There are three ways to register for programs and activities. Online Registration allows registration online using a major credit/debit card. Clicking the "Guest" link will let you view programs and activities. Registration also is available by visiting or calling the Parks office at 270-444-8508 or by downloading and mailing the Registration Form with a check.

Reserving a Shelter or Facility

The Parks & Recreation Department offers several facilities and park shelters that are available for rent. View Shelter and Facility Reservations for more information.

Rules of Conduct

The City of Paducah takes pride in its Parks and has enacted through ordinance the Rules of Conduct for residents and visitors as they enjoy the various parks and facilities in the City. The Parks & Recreation Department also has a Behavior Policy for participants of activities. The Department will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse or threat of abuse to any staff member, umpire/referee, or program participant.  

Summer Camps

The Parks & Recreation Department provides several Camps for kids during the summer. 

Special Events

Throughout the year, the Parks & Recreation Department arranges Special Events ranging from Movies in the Park to essay contests to parades.