Parks & Recreation Department

Welcome To Paducah Parks & Recreation!

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.

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Paducah Parks & Recreation Programs and Fall Activity Guide

Paducah Parks & Recreation always has something going on no matter the season.  For the most recent comprehensive schedule of what's going on this fall, see our Fall Newsletter below.  For more specific class information contact the Parks office at 270-444-8508 or visit our registration website. 

Fall Newsletter

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 2017 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), which includes access to the facility, many of the great classes, and use of facility equipment during regular operating hours. Starting January 1, 2017 all users must have a 2017 Membership, which expire on December 31, 2017. Check out the October Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month!

Fountain Avenue Fall Festival

The Fountain Avenue Fall Festival, a family friendly festival celebrating the rehabilitation of this historic neighborhood, is organized by the Planning Department and Paducah Parks and Recreation. The festival includes free food, games, hayrides, a costume contest, crafts, and a movie in the park at dusk featuring "The Lorax."  This year the festival will be held at the newly constructed Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park.  The festival will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Tot School

Tot School is a preschool program for 3 to 5 year olds organized by the Paducah Parks & Recreation and taught by instructor Kathy Reese.  Tot School helps prepare children for kindergarten through developmentally stimulating activities that enhance a child's learning and growth. Tot School meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the classroom on the second floor of the Paducah Parks Services office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive. Program costs are $110 per month and are due at the first of each month. The next semester of Tot School begins August 14, 2017.  It runs through December 13. An Open House is on Friday August 11 from 9am - 12pm.


Wooftober and Howl-o-ween Pet Adoption and Costume Contest

Paducah Parks & Recreation is holding the fifth annual costume contest for dogs on Saturday, October 28.  Wooftober and Howl-o-ween Pet Adoption and Costume Contest will be held adjacent to the Paducah Dog Park located at Stuart Nelson Park off Park Avenue.  The festivities will be from 10:30 a.m. until 4 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 Rover Run/Walk which has a $5 entry fee.  The event will start at 11 a.m. New this year is a pet themed pumpkin carving contest.  Carve your best pet themed pumpkin at home and bring it to the event.  Judging will be at 1 p.m. Beginning at 2 p.m., participants can register for the Doggie Costume Contest.  There is no charge to enter.  The small dog costume judging parade will be at 2:30 with the large dogs strutting around in their costumes at 3 p.m. 

Veteran's Day Parade

The Paducah Parks and Recreation Department and the Veterans Day Planning Committee invite the public to attend the Veterans Day Parade Opening Ceremony at 10:15 a.m. at the Korean War Monument located on the 6th Street side of Dolly McNutt Memorial Plaza. 

The opening ceremony includes the recognition of the 2017 Distinguished Veteran who will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. The ceremony also includes the naming of the non-veteran who will receive the 2017 Patriot Award, an award honoring a citizen who dedicates his or her time to serving veterans and veteran causes in this community. The winners of the Veterans Day Essay contest organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution will be recognized. 

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

The 2017 Farmers' Market has a variety of local, homegrown products-- including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, and dairy products, artisan and baked goods, and good eats from local lunch vendors. It is located at North Second and Monroe Streets in historic downtown Paducah. The final day of the 2017 Farmers' Market season is on Saturday October 28.

Paducah Parks & Recreation Television Programs

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


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

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