Provide Input in Development of Paducah Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Public Open House on January 31, 6-8 p.m. at Robert Cherry Civic Center

The public is invited to provide input in the development of the Paducah Parks & Recreation Master Plan during an open house on Thursday, January 31 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center located at 2701 Park Avenue.  Citizens are encouraged to stop by between 6 and 8 p.m. to share their thoughts on the future of the City of Paducah’s parks, facilities, recreation programs, community events, trails, and open spaces. 

Parks & Recreation Department Director Mark Thompson says, “These two hours of input are incredibly important as we develop this Master Plan.  Several members of the Parks & Recreation Department staff in addition to the consultant team assisting us in this process will be available to listen to your ideas, suggestions, and priorities.  Plus, there will be interactive stations to gather input.  I encourage everyone to stop by, if only for a few minutes.  We want to hear from you.”

Thompson adds, “When complete, the plan will provide a vision to guide the future growth, development, operations, and programs of the City’s parks and facilities, recreation and event programs, open spaces, and trail system.  Your input is crucial in helping us create a comprehensive parks plan that includes the most desired services for our citizens and community.”   

For those who are not able to attend the open house, input can be provided through the online survey at

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 will develop the plan with the assistance of Peck Flannery Gream Warren, Inc. (PFGW) 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 2007. 

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. 

Date of release:  January 22, 2019