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 June Calendar and July Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month!

Adult Kickball League

Registration is underway for the Adult Kickball League. The cost is $150 per team. Games begin July 13 and the registration deadline is June 30.  You must register your team at the Paducah Parks Services office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive in Paducah, KY.  Teams must be coed with a minimum of ten players, four of which must be female. Players must be at least 14 years of age. All games will be played at Noble Park on fields 5 and 6

For more information on the Kickball League contact Mallory McVey at 270-444-8508 ext 5.

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

The 2017 Farmers' Market is right around the corner! The 2017 Opening Day is Saturday April 29th and the Grand Opening Celebration Saturday is May 6th. The 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.

Noble Park Pool and Swimming Lessons

The Noble Park Pool is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00am - 5:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-5:00pm. We also have Family Swim Night on Fridays from 6:00-8:00pm. Admission fees can be found by following this link.

Registration is now underway for 2017 Swimming Lessons at the Noble Park Pool. We offer PreK Swim and Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. The classes are two-week sessions held Tuesday through Thursday.  The cost is $40 per session (except for PreK Swim which is $35 per session). 

Three sessions of classes will be offered in 2017 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. or 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:

June 6 - June 15
June 20 - June 29
July 11 -20


Summer Camps

Registration for Paducah Parks Services' Summer Camps is now underway! We offer many great camps including Kidz Klub, Kidz Klub Too, Beyond Kidz Klub, Playground Activity Camp, and Leadership By Bike Camp. Costs vary and space is limited so contact Paducah Parks Services at 270-444-8508 to find out more!

RIVERfront Concert Series

The next concert in the 2017 RIVERfront Concert Series is on Thursday June 22 and is featuring Marvin and Gentry from 6-7pm and the Crane Wives from 7-8:30pm. All concerts in the series are FREE and feature amazing up-and-coming musical artists, local and nationwide.  Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront and enjoy the music on Wilson Stage.  Concerts are on select Thursdays in June, July, and August. 

Movies in the Park

The Paducah Parks Services Department holds Movies in the Park at the amphitheater in Noble Park on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen.  The movies start at dusk at approximately 8-8:30 p.m.  The movie is free.  Concessions are available for purchase.  For comfort, attendees may want to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and insect repellant. The second movie of the season is Secret Life of Pets on Thursday June 15th!

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

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2017 Winter/Spring Program Guide