Parks & Recreation Department

Welcome To Paducah Parks & Recreation!

Due to recent legislation passed by the state of Kentucky, as of July 1st, many programs, leagues, activities, and rentals will now include a 6% sales tax. Some of these will have the tax included in the cost. However, others will have the tax added to the cost. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. - Parks Staff

Paducah Parks Services is now Paducah Parks & Recreation! We have rebranded with a new name and logos. Check out this video introducing Paducah Parks & Recreation! Use #alwayssomethingtodo when posting on social media when you're at one of our great city parks or events.

As we enter 2018, there are many great things happening at Paducah Parks & Recreation. Every day there are free activities to partake in such as walking or biking the Greenway Trail, taking the family to a playground, going disc golfing at Stuart Nelson Park, or taking pictures of the beautiful scenery along the Ohio River at Schultz Park. When you take advantage of any of these activities or one of the many great programs listed in this newsletter below, please share your experience on social media by using #alwayssomethingtodo or tagging Paducah Parks when posting.

Paducah Parks & Recreation is looking forward to having a phenomenal year in 2018, and we hope you find that there is always something to do while you’re in Paducah.

How to Register for Paducah Parks & Recreation Programs

There are three ways to register for programs and activities. 

In Office: Stop by the Paducah Parks & Recreation Office at 1400 HC Mathis Drive and register with cash, check, or debit/credit card.
Online:  Click Online Registration to register online using a credit/debit card and view programs and activities. You will have to create an account to register for programs. If you have issues with online registration contact the Parks & Recreation office at 270-444-8508.
Over the Phone using a credit card:  Call the Parks office at 270-444-8508.
By Mail:  Download the Registration Form and mail to Parks and Recreation with a payment in the form of a check.


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 2018 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), Classes and activities included in the $20 membership at no extra cost include Open Gym, Walking Club, Basketball Open Gym, Volleyball Open Gym, Futsal Open Gym, and more. Members will have to purchase an additional $10 activity punch pass for 20 visits to Chair Yoga, Tai Chi, Mat Yoga, Zumba, Mid-East Dance, Sculpt and Tone, and other select classes. You can also pay as you go at the rate of $1 for one class.

All users must have a 2018 Membership, which expire on December 31, 2018. Check out the September Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month.

Touch a Truck

Paducah Parks and Recreation will host its award-winning Touch a Truck event on Friday, September 21, 10 a.m. until noon, at Barkley Regional Airport. Touch a Truck is a free, annual event where kids, teachers, and families can see and touch approximately two dozen types of vehicles.  Vehicles typically participating at Touch a Truck include a helicopter, fire truck, ambulance, tow truck, concrete mixer, dump truck, garbage truck, trolley, and police car.  Participants also get to meet the people who operate the vehicles on a daily basis.  

School and church groups are asked to call 270-444-8508 to pre-register. Individuals do not need to pre-register.  Bus and public parking will be available

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

The Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market is held at North Second and Monroe Streets in historic downtown Paducah. The hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (limited vendors during the week) and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (full market days). Once a month, May through September, you don't want to miss the markets' Celebration Saturdays.  These themed days highlight market vendors and their goods, along with many activities such as childrens' craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, plant and farm education, as well as local businesses that may wish to host a booth to spotlight their local products or services. The dates for Celebration Saturdays are May 5, June 9, July 21, August 25, and September 15.

FootGolf Paducah Open

Paducah Parks and Recreation is hosting the fourth annual FootGolf Paducah Open which has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 29 at Midtown Golf Course located at 1122 Adams Street. The FootGolf Paducah Open is an 18-hole competitive tournament. Prizes will be given with first place winning $75, second place winning $50, and third place winning $25. People of all ages are welcome. Each participant needs to bring a soccer ball. Door prizes also will be given out to participants.

Registration for the free event begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start for players at 9:30 a.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to help stock Paducah Cooperative Ministry’s pantry. Since Midtown Golf Course has a 9-hole footgolf course, participants will be completing the course twice for the tournament.

Tot School

Tot School is a preschool program for 3 to 5 year olds organized by the Paducah Parks & Recreation and taught by instructor Kathy Reese.  Tot School helps prepare children for kindergarten through developmentally stimulating activities that enhance a child's learning and growth. Program costs are $115 per month and are due at the first of each month. The first semester runs until December 12, 2018.

Wooftober and Rover 5K Fun Run/Walk

This year's Wooftober will be held at Stuart Nelson Park on Saturday, October 6. There will be a Rover Run/Walk 5K with registration at 10:30 a.m. and the 5K starting at 11 a.m. Wooftober kicks off at noon and ends at 4 p.m. There will be a Doggie Costume Contest (small dog 2:30 p.m., large dog 3 p.m., winners announced at 3:30 p.m.) and Pet Themed Pumpkin Carving Contest. There is also Pet Adoptions, Education, Micro-chipping, Vaccines, Flea Prevention, Informational Booths and much more.


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Mission Statement 

The mission of Paducah Parks & Recreation 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 & Recreation
P.O. Box 7265
Paducah, KY  42002-7265

E-Mail questions should be addressed to the staff member listed with the program or web section.  If you have general questions, send them to  

Visit Paducah Parks & Recreation Videos to view television programs on all things Parks & Recreation, produced by the City and the television department at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.