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

Fall Adult Softball League

Parks Services will host a Team Manager and Informational Meeting for the Fall Adult Softbal League on Monday, July 17 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.

In order to maintain competitiveness in each league, Parks Services reserves the right to specify which league a team participates. Registration begins after the meeting on July 18 and the deadline is Tuesday, August 1. The registration fee will be $400 per team and a team roster will need to be submitted during registration. The first week of games will be August 21-23. All leagues will be slow-pitch and are on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights at Stuart Nelson Park.

Tennis Draw Your Partner Doubles

The second Tennis Draw Your Partner Doubles is on Sundy August 27th starting at 3:00pm at the Noble Park Tennis Courts. Come and enjoy this social event for tennis enthusiasts where doubles teams will be randomly drawn throughout the night. You can attend by yourself or with a group, and it is open to tennis players ages 16 and older. Tennis players of all playing abilities are welcome to play. It is FREE to participate and door prizes will be drawn for those who attend!

Noble Park Pool & Robert Coleman Sprayground

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.

The Robert Coleman Sprayground is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located in the southwest corner of Robert Coleman Park at Husbands Street and Walter Jetton Boulevard. It has a variety of water features for kids to enjoy and is FREE to the public.


RIVERfront Concert Series

The next concert in the 2017 RIVERfront Concert Series is on Thursday July 27 and is featuring Olivia Faye from 6-7pm and Andrew Ripp 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.


The next LIVE on the RIVER features the Big Brown Truck Pull on Saturday August 5 from 6-9 pm. LIVE on the RIVER includes a family-friendly atmosphere with musicians, artists, and performers who set up downtown on select Saturdays/holidays during the summer. All of the entertainment is free.  A variety of children's activities will be available at all LIVE on the RIVER events. 

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

The 2017 Farmers' Market is right around the corner! The 2017 Opening Day is Saturday April 29th. The next Celebration Saturday is August 19 "Artisan Appreciation Day". 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.

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