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 May Calendar and June 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

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.

Swimming Lessons

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!

Knockerball Open Gym

Paducah Park Services is offering Knockerball Open Gym at the Paducah Recreation Center on Monday nights from 8:00pm -10:00pm. A $20 yearly membership is required to play. Those are good until December 31, 2017.

Adult Short Sided Soccer League

Paducah Parks Services offers a summer Short-Sided Soccer League on Monday and Wednesday nights at Stuart Nelson Park Field 1 starting June 5th, 2017. A Team Captains and Informational Meeting will be held on Tuesday May 2nd at 6:00 pm in the Paducah Recreation Center and the registration deadline is Tuesday May 23rd. Games are played 7 vs 7 (6 field players plus one goalie) and there is a regular season and tournament.

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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