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 Parks Programs and Fall Activity Guide

Paducah Parks Services 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 September Calendar and October Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month!

Fall Break Camp

Fall Break Camp is offered for kids in K-5th grades and is held at the Anna Baumer building at Noble Park.  It will be October 9-13.  The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and includes sports, arts and crafts, games, field trips, and snacks each day. Children should bring a sack lunch and be dressed in play clothes and tennis shoes. The Anna Baumer Building has a refrigerator, microwave, and bathrooms. The camp costs $90 per child and is limited to 18 participants.  Please register by noon on Friday October 6 at the Paducah Parks Services office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.

Tot School

Tot School is a preschool program for 3 to 5 year olds organized by the Paducah Parks Services Department 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 Services 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. 

Walk with Ease

Walk with Ease is a class being held at the Paducah Recreation Center on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays form 9:00am -10:00am beginning September 11 and running for 6 weeks. This class will help teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. Cost is FREE with a $20 calendar year Paducah Recreation Center membership.

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

The 2017 Farmers' Market is in full swing with 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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