Parks & Recreation Department

Paducah Parks & Recreation...Always Something To Do!

Paducah Parks Services is now Paducah Parks & Recreation.  We rebranded with a new name and logos. Check out this video introducing Paducah Parks & Recreation.  There are many great things happening at Paducah Parks & Recreation. A major project is that we are updating our Master Plan in 2019 with ways for you to provide input.

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, parks, or programs we offer, share your experience on social media by using #alwayssomethingtodo or tagging Paducah Parks when posting.

We hope you find that there is always something to do while you’re in Paducah.



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. All users must have a Paducah Recreation Center Membership to enter the facility. Check out the October Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month. 

All Paducah Recreation Center Memberships sold are good for 365 days from the date of purchase. Previously memberships were only good for the calendar year. All memberships will be a card that attaches to your key ring (key fob). These key fobs will have a bar code assigned to each member of your household. You will scan in once you enter the facility for your class, activity, or open gym. Activity Punch Passes will also be added to the same key fob when purchased.

Paducah Recreation Center Membership Prices are listed below:

  •  Paducah Recreation Center GOLD Membership (Individual or Family): $60.00
  •  Paducah Recreation Center Yearly Membership (Individual or Family): $20.00
  •  Activity Punch Pass (20 Class Visits): $10.00
  •  Lost Key Fob Replacement: $5.00

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

Paducah Farmers' Market is a public service to support local agriculture, artisans, businesses and to improve the quality of life in this region.  Our vendors work to bring the community the very best veggies and fruits, fresh meats, baked and artisan goods, flowers, eggs and other local homegrown goodness. We are a true community market! We strive for homegrown, home-produced and support local businesses.

New and returning vendors must register with the Paducah Parks office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.  If interested in the 2019 Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market, application packets are available online and in the Parks office as an open-enrollment basis.

The season runs through October 26 with a special Holiday Market on Saturday December 14.

Farmers' Market Hours

Saturdays 7:30am to 1pm (FULL MARKET)

Monday-Friday 7:30am to 1pm (ONLY for overflow produce or shelflife items) LIMITED VENDORS

2019 Wooftober and Rover Fun Run/Walk

The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department is holding the 7th annual Wooftober on Saturday, October 19.  The event which includes a dog costume contest will be held adjacent to the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park off Park Avenue.  Festivities will be from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m.  The Dog Park will be open before and after the event to let dogs play. 

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. for the 3rd Annual Rover Fun Run/Walk, a fun 5K (3.1 miles) that uses the Greenway Trail.  The fun run/walk event begins at 11 a.m.  There is a $15 entry fee which provides participants with a t-shirt.  All of the proceeds go to local animal charities. 

2019 Paducah American Hero Veterans Day Celebration

For 2019, plans are underway for a full day of events to honor veterans at the Paducah American Hero Veterans Day Celebration.  Over the past few months, representatives from several organizations have been meeting to plan the event.  The organizations include WPSD, Paducah Sun, City of Paducah, McCracken County, Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, 101st Airborne Sustainable Brigade, Milner & Orr, DAV, VVA, DAR, and VFW.  The following events will occur on Monday, November 11: Sunrise Service, Breakfast, Honoring and Awards Ceremony, Veterans Day Parade, and American Hero Concert.

2019 Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest

Paducah Parks & Recreation and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are hosting the annual Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest. The contest is for all K-12 students in Paducah and McCracken County. The deadline to submit entries is Thursday, October 31, 2019, by 4:30 p.m. Entries can be hand-delivered to the Parks & Recreation Department office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive or mailed to the following address:

Judging will be in four divisions with the theme Our American Veteran Heroes:

Grades K-2 (8 1/2” x 11” picture) - What Veterans Do to Help Others

Grades 3-5 (100-150 word essay) - Why are Veterans Our Heroes?

Grades 6-8 (150-200 word essay) - What Makes a Veteran an American Hero?

Grades 9-12 (200-300 word essay) - The Qualities that Designate Our Veterans as Heroes

REC Way Basketball

Registration is underway for REC Way Basketball. This league is for boys and girls in PreK (ages 3 & 4) up to 5th Grade. The goals of REC Way Basketball is to teach kids the basic fundamentals, skills, and rules of basketball. Games are in January and February on Saturdays at the Paducah Recreation Center. Clinics are on November 12 & 19 and December 3. Weekly practices start in December and will be held in addition to games. Players who sign up will be assigned teams and are provided a t-shirt uniform for games. Cost is $60 per child and the registration deadline is Monday November 11.

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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. 

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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​​Paducah Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 7265
Paducah, KY  42002-7265

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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.