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 February Calendar and March 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

Special Registration Day

Paducah Parks Services will be having a Special Registration Day on Saturday February 25th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Paducah Parks Serivces Office located at 1400 HC Mathis Drive in Paducah. You can register for the Paducah City League - Tee Ball, Baseball, & Softball plus Tiny Tot and Spot On Soccer. It costs $40 to register for Baseball or Softball and $35 for Tee Ball. Tiny Tot Soccer and Spot On Soccer costs $20 per player. If you cannot make it this morning you can still register anytime Mondays through Fridays from 8:00am - 5:00pm at the Paducah Parks Services Office until the registration deadlines for each program in March.

Paducah City League - Tee Ball, Baseball, & Softball

Paducah Parks Services offers Tee Ball, Baseball, and Softball for kids ages 5-12 in the community at an affordable price. The goals of this league is for youth to learn the basic skills of the sport, show improvement throughout the season, and have fun! The league is held at the Noble Park Fields. Coaches are volunteers so we ask all parents to consider helping to coach. Registration is now open and the deadline is March 14 for baseball and softball and March 21 for tee ball. Practices begin April 11 & 13. Games start Saturday May 13 and are primarily on Saturdays along with some Tuesday night games in June. 


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!!!

Leprechaun Hunt

Join Paducah Parks Services March 11th in Downtown Paducah for the 2017 Leprechaun Hunt! This year the hunt is going to be a scavenger hunt to different businesses in downtown Paducah. Each clue will lead participants to different places where they will either do a fun activity or try to find a hidden leprechaun! Registration will begin at 1 pm at the gazebo located at the corner of Broadway and 2nd street.

Tot School

Tot School is a preschool program for 3 to 5 year olds organized by Paducah Parks Services.  Tot School helps prepare children for kindergarten through developmentally stimulating activities that enhance a child's learning and growth.  The daily schedule includes circle time, music, free play, snacks, and monthly field trips. It is on Monday and Wednesdays starting January 9th from 9 am to 2 pm.

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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