Invitation for Local Interest Groups to Provide Input in Development of Paducah Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Date of release:  February 26, 2019

special interest groups The City of Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is seeking input from local interest groups who would like to add their experience and ideas to the development of the Paducah Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

The professional consultants working to gather community input will be available to meet with local interest groups on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 11 from 2 until 8 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, March 12 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 13 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Call the Paducah Parks & Recreation Department at 270-444-8508 to schedule your group’s appointment. 

Parks & Recreation Department Director Mark Thompson says, “We want to hear from local groups interested in the future of Paducah’s parks, facilities, recreation programs, community events, and open spaces.  Input is crucial in the development of a plan that reflects the desires of this community.  When complete, this comprehensive parks plan will provide a vision to guide the growth, development, operations, and programs of the City’s parks, facilities, and programming for years to come.”   

There are online survey options to gather community input at and

The Master Plan process, which will take several months, includes the creation of a citizen steering committee and meetings with stakeholder groups, interactive public workshops, surveys, online engagement tools, and public presentations.  The process also involves a review of previous studies and similar parks systems and the analysis of organizational structure, policies, and funding options. 

In October 2018, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a professional services agreement with Bacon, Farmer, and Workman Engineering & Testing (BFW) for the development of a Parks & Recreation Master Plan.  BFW is developing the plan with the assistance of Peck Flannery Gream Warren, Inc. of Paducah in addition to Brandstetter/Carroll of Lexington, the company that completed the 2002 Master Plan for the Parks Department which was updated in 2008.