Parks Services Department

Welcome To Parks Services!

Greeting from the Director’s desk:

There have been a lot of changes in the Parks Services Department throughout my fifteen years with the City of Paducah. There has been a long list of facility improvements over this period. Some of you may remember the development of the Parks Master Plan that was completed in 2002. It has served us well as a road map for the long term development of parks in Paducah. Over 75% of the primary goals have been met though steady efforts of the City Staff and the City Commission. Prime among the facility improvements are the Greenway Trail, Skatepark, Coleman Park Sprayground, Noble Park Amphitheatre, swimming pool renovation, Dog Park, disc golf courses, the Paducah Recreation Center (REC) and the Boundless Playground. Additionally, there has been a targeted improvement on the maintenance of all existing playgrounds and park shelters at all parks.

Great park additions are also planned for the near future. The six-acre Health Park will focus on the physical well-being of users. Exercise equipment, raised-bed community gardens, walking/jogging path, and a large community-build playground are included. A big shout-out should be given to the Rotary Club for their sponsorship and commitment to the installation of this fantastic playground. The Riverfront Project will bring a new water-based environment to our parks system including a 340 foot transient dock. The extension of the next two phases to the Greenway Trail will connect the improved Schultz Park and downtown to the existing trail. This will give us nearly six miles of trail connecting five major parks. Additionally, we look forward to the completion of the beautiful lake wall in Noble Park.

To top all of this, we have one of the best recreation division staffs in the state. The Kentucky Recreation and Parks Society awarded Paducah Parks Services its department of the year designation three years in a row. The KRPS recognition includes additional honors for programming for three years. Our offerings in special events, adult athletics, farmer’s market, aquatics, camps and youth sports are exceptional for a department of our size.

I urge you to join us in participating in top notch recreation programming and our award winning parks to improve your health and enjoy the rich sense of community that is Paducah.

Yours in health, community, and recreation,

Mark Thompson, Director - Paducah Parks Services


• What's Happening Now •

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 March Calendar and April Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month!

Newsletter of Activities and Events

Check out our most recent newsletter below, loaded with classes, activities, athletics, and events that will keep your family entertained and active all season long.  Our current newsletter is updated from time to time as new classes are added, so be sure to check back here for the most up-to-date copy.   

Use the Registration link to sign up for classes and activities.  If you do not have an online account, please contact our office at 270-444-8508.

2017 Winter/Spring Program Guide

Easter Egg Dash

Paducah Parks Services' Easter Egg Dash is a race for children to pick up as many eggs as they can after the whistle blows.  Bring your Easter baskets or a sack because there will be plenty of eggs to collect. The children race with their age groups to pick up 15,000 candy-filled eggs that are spread across the ball fields.

The free event will be Thursday, March 30 at the Noble Park baseball/softball fields.  Registration begins at 5 p.m.  Age groups for the Easter Egg Dash are 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-10 years.  Age groups will dash in 15-minute increments beginning with the 0-2 year olds at 5:45 p.m. and concluding with the 9-10 year olds at 6:30 p.m. Gift bags are available for the first 500 participants.

Spring Break Camp

Parks Services is offering Spring Break Camp, April 3-7, 2017 for kindergartners through fifth-graders.  The camp will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Anna Baumer Building in Noble Park.  The cost is $85 per child.  Campers will enjoy field trips in and around Paducah, plus a movie at Cinemark and much more! There will also be arts and crafts, game, and sports activities.  Please have the kids wear tennis shoes. Snacks are provided; however, campers need to bring a sack lunch each day.  A refrigerator and microwave are available. There is limited space available for this camp so sign up now! The deadline to register is Friday, March 31, 2017.


Tiny Tot and Spot On Soccer

Registration is now underway for Tiny Tot and Spot on Soccer presented by the Paducah Area Youth Soccer Association. Tiny Tot soccer is for kids ages 3-5 and costs $20. Spot on Soccer is for kids in Kindegarden through 5th Grade and also costs $20. The registration deadline is Friday March 31. Games begin Saturday April 15 at the Jetton Soccer Fields. You can register at the Paducah Parks Services office at 1400 HC Mathis Drive or by calling 270-444-8508 on Monday through Fridays between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Snow Sculpture Contest

The Snow Sculpture Contest allows families to get in the competitive spirit while enjoying snowy weather.  The snow sculpture must be made from real snow.  That is the only requirement.  Then, take a picture (include your name, the name of the sculpture you create, and your contact information) and send the picture to the Parks Services Department at 1400 HC Mathis Dr, Paducah, KY 42001 or email your picture with your information to  In addition, pictures can be posted via social media on Facebook and Instagram. On Facebook send Paducah Parks a message with your picture and information, and on Instagram use the tag #paducahparks in your post and say it is for the Snow Sculpture Contest. The deadline to submit the picture and contact information is March 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 sculptures. Let's hope for some snow!!!

Summer Adult Softball

Paducah Parks Services offers summer and fall seasons of Adult Softball consisting of two Mens Leagues and one Coed League. Games are played at Stuart Nelson Park on Monday (Lower League), Tuesday (Upper League), and Wednesday (Coed League) nights.

Registrations for 2017 Summer Adult Softball will begin at the Team Manager and Informational Meeting on Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Paducah Recreation Center located at 1527 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The Team Manager or a representative from each team in the men’s and coed leagues should attend.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 4 and the cost is $400 per team. Your team fee and a copy of the Team Registration Form needs to be turned in at registration. In order to maintain competitiveness in each league, Parks Services reserves the right to specify which league a team participates in. Games begin on April 17-19.

Parks Department Television Programs

Visit Paducah Parks 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.


• About Parks Services •


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Mission Statement 

The mission of Paducah Parks Services 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 Services
P.O. Box 7265
Paducah, KY  42002-7265

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