General Information

Cancellations and Rain Outs

Weather or other situations may cause Paducah Parks & Recreation Department to cancel classes and activities. The cancellation phone number is 270-444-8621.  Also, check for cancellations on Parks' Facebook page.

Community Garden Program

The Community Garden is located in the open field at the corner of 14th and Madison Streets at the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park.  

Contacts and Staff

The Parks & Recreation Department office, located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, is open Monday through Friday, 8-4:30 p.m. If you have questions, call 270-444-8508. Visit Staff Contacts for phone numbers and email addresses of Parks staff.


The City of Paducah has several ordinances related to dogs including dogs at special community events, chaining and tethering of dogs, enclosure and chaining requirements for the confinement of dogs, sanitary disposal of dog feces, and precautions for owners of dangerous dogs. To view all the ordinances related to dogs, visit Dog Ordinances. Paducah has two dog parks: the Paducah Dog Park at Stuart Nelson Park and a section of Independence Park.

Master Plan

The Parks & Recreation Department updated its Parks Master Plan in 2019. 

Memorials (Commemorative Bricks, Trees, and Park Benches)

  • Commemorative bricks are available for purchase. View the Brick Order Form Application for more information or call the Parks office at 270-444-8508 ext. 3.
  • The Parks & Recreation Department accepts donations for the purpose of planting trees and installing benches within City Parks to memorialize a departed family member or friend or to commemorate a special occasion. View the Memorial Tree and Park Bench Donation Policy and Contract Form for more information.

Parks and Facilities

The Parks & Recreation Department has more than two dozen Parks and Facilities for your enjoyment.  

Permits for Festivals and Events

The Customer Experience Department coordinates Special Event Permits. Special Event Permits are issued for special events or gathering of more than 25 people on City-owned property, public streets, sidewalks, right-of-ways and other public areas of the City of Paducah.  Examples of special events that require permits include walks at Noble Park, parades, festivals, and fishing tournaments at the Ohio River Boat Launch. 


There are three ways to register for programs and activities. Online Registration allows registration online using a major credit/debit card. Click the "Guest" link to view programs and activities. Registration also is available by visiting or calling the Parks office at 270-444-8508 or by downloading and mailing the Registration Form with a check.

Reserving a Shelter or Facility

The Parks & Recreation Department offers several facilities and park shelters for rent. View Shelter and Facility Reservations for more information.

Rules of Conduct

The City of Paducah takes pride in its Parks and has enacted the Rules of Conduct (Chapter 70 in Paducah Code of Ordinances) for residents and visitors as they enjoy the various parks and facilities in the City. The Parks & Recreation Department also has a Behavior Policy for participants of activities. 

Sportsmanship – All players, coaches and spectators are required to display good sportsmanship before, during and after all games on and off the court/field while at Paducah Parks and Recreation activities. Players, coaches, and spectators not displaying good sportsmanship may be ejected or suspended as determined by the Paducah Parks and Recreation staff in accordance with the Parks Behavior Policy.

Behavior Policy - Paducah Parks and Recreation under no circumstance will tolerate verbal and/or physical abuse of any staff member, umpire/referee, or program participant. The penalties for any of the above behaviors are strict and strongly enforced. First time offenders may be suspended for a minimum of 1-year from all Parks and Recreation programming. It is our mission that all participants as well as employees feel safe and are protected from any type of abuse.

Summer Camps

The Parks & Recreation Department provides several Camps for kids during the summer. 

Special Events

Throughout the year, the Parks & Recreation Department arranges Special Events ranging from Movies in the Park to parades.