Noble Park

Noble Park entranceAbout Bob Noble Park

Bob Noble Park is Paducah's premier park with a variety of recreational activities on its 135 acres.  The park is located at 2801 Park Ave with entrances on Park Avenue, H.C. Mathis Drive, and Cairo Road.  The park is one of the most popular locations for events such as fundraising walks and 5K races, birthday parties, or an afternoon of enjoyment.


  • November 1 through March 31, 6 am - 9 pm  (Note:  The inner loop next to the lake closes at 8 pm, while the outer loop, ballfields, tennis and basketball courts, skatepark, and greenway trail are accessible until park closure at 9 pm.  The Peck Education Trail and the entrance at Cairo Road close at sunset due to limited visibility in those areas.)  
  • April 1 through October 31, 6 am - 10 pm

Locate Noble Park with Google Maps
Map of Noble Park (pdf)
Updated General Map of Noble Park
Bob Noble Park History

The park is situated around a 5-acre lake (Lake Gerry B. Montgomery) with a bridge and gazebo, fishing piers, a walking path, swimming pool, access to the Greenway Trail, two large playgrounds including a Boundless certified playground, music garden interactive playground, tennis courts, a volleyball court, basketball courts, a skatepark, ball fields, amphitheatre, nature trail, rental facilities, and picnic shelters,  Robert Cherry Civic Center, the Arts and Crafts Building, and the Anna Baumer Community Center are all located at Noble Park.

The Greenway Trail links Noble Park to Stuart Nelson Park and to McCracken County's Trail.  It's a little more than a mile walk on the Greenway Trail to reach Stuart Nelson from Noble Park.  Once there, you'll find a disc golf course, more ball fields, and another playground.

Noble Park 5K Maps

Outer Loop     Inner Loop    

Turnaround Trail (Cairo Road Entrance)    

Full Noble Park 5K Map


Noble Park Amphitheatre


On the west side of Noble Park Lake is an outdoor theatre with an accessible ramp.  Concerts are movies often are held there during the summer. 

 Anna Baumer Community Center

Anna Baumer Community Center

A small, rustic building available for rental located behind the amphitheater on the northwest corner of the park next to the floodwall levee.  The facility offers restrooms, a meeting room, a refrigerator and sink, heat and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, a covered back patio, and outdoor fireplace.  There is an open field across from the facility and a nearby Nature Trail.  The facility also has a gravel parking lot.  More info >>

 Arts  Crafts Building

Arts and Crafts Building

A facility available for rental located next to the baseball field parking lot.  This facility offers heat and air-conditioning, a refrigerator and microwave, restrooms, and hot and cold running water. It is near the pool, the basketball courts, softball/baseball fields, the sand volleyball court, skatepark, and Greenway Trail.  Behind the building is a large, covered pavilion (shelter 19) with several picnic tables. Although shelter 19 is not considered a part of the rental facility, it may be rented in addition to the Arts & Crafts Building to allow indoor and outdoor activities.  More info >>

 Noble Park Baseball Fields

Baseball/Softball Fields

Six  youth, lighted fields with a concession stand on the west side of the park with access from Park Avenue.  Ample parking is located adjacent to the fields. Follow this link to find out more about reserving a ballfield.

 Basketball courts

Basketball Courts

Four full-size lighted courts located on the west side of the Noble Park Pool and next to the Arts and Craft Building.

 Children's Memorial Garden

Children's Memorial Garden

The garden which contains benches, a marker, and several varieties of Dogwood trees is located across from tennis courts.  The Paducah Civic Beautification Board dedicated the memorial in 1996 in memory of the 19 children who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombings.  The Garden Clubs of Noble Park, the Civic Beautification Board, La Petite Garden Club, and several individuals contributed funds for the purchase of new dogwoods and shrubs.  The garden originally was located next to the Amphitheatre.

 Greenway Trail

Greenway Trail

The accessible Greenway Trail trailhead is next to skatepark and Arts and Crafts Building.  Between County Park Road and Noble Park, the trail is gravel.  A concrete section of the trail is under construction between Noble Park and U.S. 45.  More info >>

 horseshoe pit

Horseshoe Pit

The Ward Thomas Memorial horseshoe pit is a regulation size sand horseshoe pit next to Nature Trail.

 Noble Park Lake

Lake Gerry B. Montgomery

Lake Gerry B. Montgomery is approximately 5.5 acres in size with a gazebo, bridge, boardwalk, and fishing piers.  The lake is stocked with catfish and rainbow trout through the City's partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program.

In August 2018, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved naming the lake after former Mayor Gerry B. Montgomery who served as Mayor from 1988 through 1995.  Mayor Harless said, “Mayor Montgomery is to credit for bringing back Noble Park to the community.  She thought it was an asset to the community that needed to be preserved.”  Mayor Montgomery also founded the Paducah Ambassadors which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018.   The approved municipal order states, “The City of Paducah along with the Paducah Ambassadors desire to express their gratitude to former Mayor Montgomery for her dedication to the preservation and promotion of our community by formally naming the lake at Bob Noble Park in her honor.”  

On July 16, 2020, Gerry Montgomery attended a ceremony for the unveiling of the Lake Montgomery sign.

music garden

Music Garden

On September 21, 2020, the community celebrated the ribbon cutting for the Music Garden, an interactive playground with instruments designed to withstand the outdoor elements.  The playground is on the west side of Lake Montgomery.  This playground is the result of a public-private partnership with fundraising by seven local garden clubs and private donors to purchase the instruments.  The City of Paducah installed the instruments and prepared the playground's base.

 Nature Trail

Nature Trail and Peck Education Trail

The accessible trailhead with parking is on the road to the Anna Baumer Community Center.  A shelter and horseshoe pit are next to the trail.  Tree species are labelled on the trail which is approximately a quarter mile in length.  Several benches are placed along the asphalt trail.  The Nature Trail was made possible by a gift from members of the Paducah Garden Club.  It was dedicated in 1995 to encourage the love of gardening and to protect the quality of the environment.

In December 2020, the City held a ribbon cutting for the Peck Education Trail which is a half mile in length and ties into the Nature Trail and winds through the wooded area near the Cairo Road park entrance.  The Children's Memorial Garden honoring the children killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing has been relocated to the Peck Education Trail along with 19 new dogwoods.  The Peck Education Trail is funded entirely by the estate of J. Lane Peck through the Community Foundation of West Kentucky. 

orienteering course

Orienteering Course

The Noble Park Orienteering Course (NPOC) is made of several markers placed throughout Noble Park.  You can find them by using a compass or GPS device (found on many smart phones) or by looking at the NPOC Map.   The starting point is next to the Skatepark.  More info >> 


Picnic Shelters

Many are first come-first serve; however, as many as 20 shelters located throughout 5 different parks may be reserved for a fee.  More info >>

 Boundless Playground sign


There are two large playgrounds.  One is at at the southern end of the lake near the Park Avenue main entrance.  The other playground which is much larger is a certified Boundless Playground.  It is located on the east side of the lake.

Be sure to visit the Music Garden, a musical playground with instruments, located on the west side of the lake.



There are three heated facilities in addition to portable restrooms.  One of the heated facilities is located next to the ball fields.  The second one is next to the playground on the east side of the lake.  The third facility, which opened in the summer 2018, is next to the tennis courts.

 civic center

Robert Cherry Civic Center (Currently Closed)

Approximately 6000 sq. ft. of air conditioned/heated open space available for rental located at 2701 Park Avenue making it easily accessible for banquets, dances, trade shows, family and class reunions, and company meetings.  The building is dedicated to Robert C. Cherry who served three terms as mayor of Paducah, 1952-1956, 1960-1964, and 1968-1972.  More info >>



A concrete park with ramps for skateboarders and bicyclists located on the west side of Noble Park behind the ball fields and next to the entrance to the Greenway Trail.  A restroom facility is next to the skatepark in addition to bleachers for spectators.  There is no charge to enjoy the skatepark!  Helmets are required.  More info >>

Noble Park Pool

Swimming Pool

Outdoor pool and spraypad with diving boards, water slides, concession area, and picnic area.  Available for rental.  More info >>

tennis courts

Tennis Courts

Five full-size and two junior tennis courts are located next to the Robert Cherry Civic Center.  The courts are lighted.  Bleachers are located outside the fence for spectators.  A restroom facility/shelter is located next to the courts.


volleyball court

Volleyball Court

A sand volleyball court is adjacent to the basketball courts near the Arts & Crafts Building.



Wacinton was hand-chiseled by Peter "Wolf" Toth from a local 56,000 pound red oak. It honors the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in this area until the Jackson Purchase in 1818. The sculpture was dedicated May 26, 1985. It is located on Park Avenue next to the tennis courts and the Robert Cherry Civic Center. Wacinton means "to have understanding."

wireless logo

Wireless Hotspots

Wireless internet access at three locations:  Skatepark, Robert Cherry Civic Center, and the Noble Park Pool.  To take advantage, go to the location and configure your laptop or PDA to connect to the "PaducahHotSpot" wireless access point.  More info >>