Robert Coleman Park

About the Park

Robert Coleman Park located at 1100 Walter Jetton Boulevard is a popular location for family reunions and for fun in the sun at its sprayground, basketball court, and playground.

Robert Coleman Park was previously known as Blackburn Park. At a dedication on May 13, 2009, the park's name was changed to honor Paducah's longest serving elected official Robert Coleman who was a City Commissioner for 31 years. Coleman retired from office in 2008.  

Robert Coleman Park Map 

  • Approximately 3 acres
  • Sprayground
  • 2 picnic shelters 
  • Basketball court
  • 6 regulation sand horseshoe pits
  • Playground with rubber surfacing
  • Free WIFI connection for the public
  • Clarence "Big House" Gaines Monument
  • Restroom facilities (closed and winterized during the winter)

Robert Coleman Sprayground

2024 Season - Opens May 24

Hours of Operation - During the operating season, the Sprayground operates daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

Location - Sprayground is located in the southwest corner of Robert Coleman Park at Husbands Street and Walter Jetton Boulevard.

Cost -  Free

Sprayground Rules

  • Call 911 for emergencies
  • Children under 10 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult
  • All participants must wear proper swim attire
  • All participants who are not completely potty trained must wear swim diapers
  • Running, horseplay, rough housing, and profanity, are not permitted
  • Bicycles, scooters, skates, skateboards, etc. are not permitted inside the sprayground.
  • Water balloons are not permitted inside the sprayground
  • Glass bottles and containers of any kind are not allowed inside the fence
  • Do not use sprayground when severe weather is in the area. Sprayground closes during inclement weather
  • All trash must be cleaned up and placed in trash cans
  • Pets are not allowed inside the sprayground
  • Contact Paducah Parks & Recreation at 270-444-8508 to report damage, misuse of this facility, or other issues
  • Use at your own risk. No staff on site.

Clarence "Big House" Gaines Monument and Street

On August 7, 2017, the Clarence 'Big House' Gaines monument was unveiled. The monument reflects Gaines' contributions as a coach, leader, athlete, and humanitarian and displays his many accolades as an inspiration for generations to come. Gaines (1923-2005), a Paducah native, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.  He was the first African American coach inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

On a related note, the NAACP began in 2014 a project to rename South 7th Street to Clarence 'Big House' Gaines Street. His family expressed a preference for South 7th because of its rich history regarding African American business and commerce including the nearby Hotel Metropolitan which Gaines owned for years. The street was renamed in 2015.