Noble Park

Noble Park entranceAbout Bob Noble Park

Bob Noble Park is Paducah's premier park with a variety of recreational activities on its 135 acres.  The park is located at 2801 Park Ave with entrances on Park Avenue, H.C. Mathis Drive, and Cairo Road.  The park is one of the most popular locations for events such as fundraising walks and 5K races, birthday parties, or an afternoon of enjoyment.

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The park is situated around a 5-acre lake with a bridge and gazebo, fishing piers, a walking path, swimming pool, access to the Greenway Trail, two large playgrounds including a Boundless certified playground, tennis courts, a volleyball court, basketball courts, a skatepark, ball fields, amphitheatre, nature trail, rental facilities, and picnic shelters,  Robert Cherry Civic Center, the Arts and Crafts Building, and the Anna Baumer Community Center are all located at Noble Park.

The Greenway Trail links Noble Park and Stuart Nelson Park.  It's a little more than a mile walk on the Greenway Trail to reach Stuart Nelson.  Once there, you'll find a disc golf course, more ball fields, and another playground.

Bank stabilization May 2017

Current Project - Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Phase II

At its February 28, 2017 meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a $242,980 contract with Youngblood Excavating & Contracting, LLC (YEC) for the Noble Park Lake Bank Stabilization Project-Phase II.  

Phase I occurred in 2014 with the installation of metal sheet piling to create a retaining wall to stabilize the erosion of 665 linear feet of bank on the southeastern side of Noble Park Lake.  Phase II, which started in April 2017, includes the installation of approximately 650 linear feet of steel sheet piling and concrete cap along the south and west bank of the Noble Park Lake to match the first phase of the project.  

Additionally, while the water is lowered, all of the steel sheet piling surfaces from both phases will be sandblasted and painted with a black vinyl finish to protect and add to the life expectancy of the project.  This phase has a contract timeframe of 150 consecutive calendar days.  The photo is from May 2017 showing the installation of the sheet piling.

Amenities

Noble Park Amphitheatre

Amphitheatre

On the west side of Noble Park Lake is an outdoor theatre with an accessible ramp.  Concerts in the Park and Movie in the Park are held there during the summer. 

 Anna Baumer Community Center

Anna Baumer Community Center

A small, rustic building available for rental located behind the amphitheater on the northwest corner of the park next to the floodwall levee.  The facility offers restrooms, a meeting room, a refrigerator and sink, heat and air conditioning, hot and cold running water, a covered back patio, and outdoor fireplace.  There is an open field across from the facility and a nearby Nature Trail.  The facility also has a gravel parking lot.  More info >>

 Arts  Crafts Building

Arts and Crafts Building

A facility available for rental located next to the baseball field parking lot.  This facility offers heat and air-conditioning, a refrigerator and microwave, restrooms, and hot and cold running water. It is near the pool, the basketball courts, softball/baseball fields, the sand volleyball court, skatepark, and Greenway Trail.  Behind the building is a large, covered pavilion (shelter 19) with several picnic tables. Although shelter 19 is not considered a part of the rental facility, it may be rented in addition to the Arts & Crafts Building to allow indoor and outdoor activities.  More info >>

 Noble Park Baseball Fields

Baseball/Softball Fields

Six  youth, lighted fields with a concession stand on the west side of the park with access from Park Avenue.  Ample parking is located adjacent to the fields. 

 Basketball courts

Basketball Courts

Four full-size lighted courts located on the west side of the Noble Park Pool and next to the Arts and Craft Building.

 Children's Memorial Garden

Children's Memorial Garden

The garden which contains benches, a marker, and several varieties of Dogwood trees is located across from tennis courts.  The Paducah Civic Beautification Board dedicated the memorial in 1996 in memory of the 19 children who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombings.  The Garden Clubs of Noble Park, the Civic Beautification Board, La Petite Garden Club, and several individuals contributed funds for the purchase of new dogwoods and shrubs.  The garden originally was located next to the Amphitheatre.

 Greenway Trail

Greenway Trail

The accessible Greenway Trail trailhead is next to skatepark and Arts and Crafts Building.  Between County Park Road and Noble Park, the trail is gravel.  A concrete section of the trail is under construction between Noble Park and U.S. 45.  More info >>

 horseshoe pit

Horseshoe Pit

The Ward Thomas Memorial horseshoe pit is a regulation size sand horseshoe pit next to Nature Trail.

 Noble Park Lake

Lake

Noble Park Lake is approximately 5.5 acres in size with a gazebo, bridge, and fishing piers.  The lake is stocked with catfish and rainbow trout through the City's partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program.

 Nature Trail

Nature Trail

The accessible trailhead with parking is on the road to the Anna Baumer Community Center.  Shelter 20 and a horseshoe pit are next to the trail.  Tree species are labelled on the trail which is approximately a quarter mile in length.  Several benches are placed along the asphalt trail.  The Nature Trail was made possible by a gift from members of the Paducah Garden Club.  It was dedicated in 1995 to encourage the love of gardening and to protect the quality of the environment.

orienteering course

Orienteering Course

The Noble Park Orienteering Course (NPOC) is made of several markers placed throughout Noble Park.  You can find them by using a compass or GPS device (found on many smart phones) or by looking at the NPOC Map.   The starting point is next to the Skatepark.  More info >> 

 shelter

Picnic Shelters

23 shelters are available.  Many are first come; however, 10 may be reserved for a fee.  More info >>

 Boundless Playground sign

Playgrounds

There are two large playgrounds.  One is at at the southern end of the lake near the Park Avenue main entrance.  The other playground which is much larger is a certified Boundless Playground.  It is located on the east side of the lake.

 restrooms

Restrooms

There are two heated facilities in addition to portable restrooms.  One of the heated facilities is located next to the ball fields.  The other one is next to the playground on the east side of the lake.

A new restroom/shelter facility will be constructed next to the tennis courts in Spring 2017.

 civic center

Robert Cherry Civic Center

Approximately 6000 sq. ft. of air conditioned/heated open space available for rental located at 2701 Park Avenue making it easily accessible for banquets, dances, trade shows, family and class reunions, and company meetings.  The building is dedicated to Robert C. Cherry who served three terms as mayor of Paducah, 1952-1956, 1960-1964, and 1968-1972.  More info >>

 

Skatepark

A concrete park with ramps for skateboarders and bicyclists located on the west side of Noble Park behind the ball fields and next to the entrance to the Greenway Trail.  A restroom facility is next to the skatepark in addition to bleachers for spectators.  There is no charge to enjoy the skatepark!  Helmets are required.  More info >>

Noble Park Pool

Swimming Pool

Outdoor pool and spraypad with diving boards, water slides, concession area, and picnic area.  Available for rental.  More info >>

tennis courts

Tennis Courts

Six lighted courts next to Robert Cherry Civic Center.  Bleachers are located outside the fence for spectators.  Portable restroom facility available.

volleyball court

Volleyball Court

A sand volleyball court is adjacent to the basketball courts near the Arts & Crafts Building.

Wacinton

Wacinton

Wacinton was hand-chiseled by Peter "Wolf" Toth from a local 56,000 pound red oak. It honors the Chickasaw Indians who lived and hunted in this area until the Jackson Purchase in 1818. The sculpture was dedicated May 26, 1985. It is located on Park Avenue next to the tennis courts and the Robert Cherry Civic Center. Wacinton means "to have understanding."

wireless logo

Wireless Hotspots

Wireless internet access at three locations:  Skatepark, Robert Cherry Civic Center, and the Noble Park Pool.  To take advantage, go to the location and configure your laptop or PDA to connect to the "PaducahHotSpot" wireless access point.  More info >>