Parks & Recreation Department

Welcome To Paducah Parks & Recreation!

Due to recent legislation passed by the state of Kentucky, as of July 1st, many programs, leagues, activities, and rentals will now include a 6% sales tax. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. - Parks Staff


Paducah Parks Services is now Paducah Parks & Recreation! We have rebranded with a new name and logos. Check out this video introducing Paducah Parks & Recreation! Use #alwayssomethingtodo when posting on social media when you're at one of our great city parks or events.

As we enter 2018, there are many great things happening at Paducah Parks & Recreation. Every day there are free activities to partake in such as walking or biking the Greenway Trail, taking the family to a playground, going disc golfing at Stuart Nelson Park, or taking pictures of the beautiful scenery along the Ohio River at Schultz Park. When you take advantage of any of these activities or one of the many great programs listed in this newsletter below, please share your experience on social media by using #alwayssomethingtodo or tagging Paducah Parks when posting.

Paducah Parks & Recreation is looking forward to having a phenomenal year in 2018, and we hope you find that there is always something to do while you’re in Paducah.

For a fun, family friendly idea to try at home check out the October edition of the Dinner Table Project


How to Register for Paducah Parks & Recreation Programs

There are three ways to register for programs and activities. 

In Office: Stop by the Paducah Parks & Recreation Office at 1400 HC Mathis Drive and register with cash, check, or debit/credit card.
Online:  Click Online Registration to register online using a credit/debit card and view programs and activities. You will have to create an account to register for programs. If you have issues with online registration contact the Parks & Recreation office at 270-444-8508.
Over the Phone using a credit card:  Call the Parks office at 270-444-8508.
By Mail:  Download the Registration Form and mail to Parks and Recreation with a payment in the form of a check.

Paducah Recreation Center 

Located at 1527 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.  For more info on the facility and hours of operations visit the Paducah Recreation Center page.  You can now purchase your 2018 membership by visiting the PRC. Memberships cost $20 for either an individual or the entire family (a family consists of parent/guardians and their children), Classes and activities included in the $20 membership at no extra cost include Open Gym, Walking Club, Basketball Open Gym, Volleyball Open Gym, Futsal Open Gym, and more. Members will have to purchase an additional $10 activity punch pass for 20 visits to Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, Mat Yoga, Funky Fitness, Mid-East Dance, Sculpt and Tone, and other select classes. You can also pay as you go at the rate of $1 for one class.

All users must have a 2018 Membership, which expire on December 31, 2018. Check out the October Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month.

Movies in the Park

The Paducah Parks and Recreation Department holds Movies in the Park at the amphitheater in Noble Park on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen. On Saturday October 20 we will be showing Goosebumps beginning at 6:15pm. The movie is free. For comfort, attendees may want to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and their own snacks.

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

The Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market is held at North Second and Monroe Streets in historic downtown Paducah. The hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (limited vendors during the week) and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (full market days). Once a month, May through September, you don't want to miss the markets' Celebration Saturdays.  These themed days highlight market vendors and their goods, along with many activities such as childrens' craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, plant and farm education, as well as local businesses that may wish to host a booth to spotlight their local products or services. The final day of the season is Saturday October 27.

REC Way Basketball

Paducah Parks & Recreation is proud to announce the new REC Way Basketball league for boys and girls in the community. REC Way Basketball is a non-competitive basketball league for boys and girls from PreK - 5th Grade. The goals of REC Way Basketball is to teach kids the basic fundamentals, skills, and rules of basketball.

The registration fee is $70 per child, and a 10% off multi-child discount is available. Coaches are volunteers so we ask all parents to conisder helping to coach. The registration deadline is Thursday November 8. The registration fee includes four clinics on November 13 & 27, and December 4 & 11. Also there will be weekly practices beginning in mid-December and games in January and February.

Halloween Costume Contest

Paducah Parks and Recreation wants to see everyone's Halloween costumes this year. Use the hashtag #paducahparkshalloween on all of your costume pictures on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) for a chance to win! The deadline to enter is Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 PM. Make sure to like @PaducahParks on Twitter and Instagram and Paducah Parks & Recreation on Facebook.

Transient Boat Dock

Paducah's Transient Boat Dock is open for reservations! The 340-foot transient boat dock opened in 2017 for boaters on the Ohio River. Overnight reservations can be requested online using Dockwa. Fuel is also available for purchase. Call 270-538-9849 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week for reservation information



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Mission Statement 

The mission of Paducah Parks & Recreation is to provide an affordable and positive comprehensive system of recreation programs designed to enhance the quality of life for the residents of the City of Paducah as well as surrounding communities. We will strive to organize and implement leisure pursuits that promote the mental, social, and physical well being of all actively or passively participating citizens regardless of socioeconomic background, race, creed or religion.       

Contact Us

Visit the office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive (beside Noble Park off Park Avenue)
Phone 270-444-8508
Fax 270-444-8627
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Send mail to:
​​Paducah Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 7265
Paducah, KY  42002-7265

E-Mail questions should be addressed to the staff member listed with the program or web section.  If you have general questions, send them to  

Visit Paducah Parks & Recreation Videos to view television programs on all things Parks & Recreation, produced by the City and the television department at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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