Parks & Recreation Department

Paducah Parks & Recreation...Always Something To Do!

Paducah Parks Services is now Paducah Parks & Recreation.  We rebranded with a new name and logos. Check out this video introducing Paducah Parks & Recreation.  There are many great things happening at Paducah Parks & Recreation. A major project is that we are updating our Master Plan in 2019 with ways for you to provide input.

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, parks, or programs we offer, share your experience on social media by using #alwayssomethingtodo or tagging Paducah Parks when posting.

We hope you find that there is always something to do while you’re in Paducah.


View our most recent Fall 2019 Newsletter


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. All users must have a Paducah Recreation Center Membership to enter the facility. Check out the November Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month. 

All Paducah Recreation Center Memberships sold are good for 365 days from the date of purchase. Previously memberships were only good for the calendar year. All memberships will be a card that attaches to your key ring (key fob). These key fobs will have a bar code assigned to each member of your household. You will scan in once you enter the facility for your class, activity, or open gym. Activity Punch Passes will also be added to the same key fob when purchased.

Paducah Recreation Center Membership Prices are listed below:

  •  Paducah Recreation Center GOLD Membership (Individual or Family): $60.00
  •  Paducah Recreation Center Yearly Membership (Individual or Family): $20.00
  •  Activity Punch Pass (20 Class Visits): $10.00
  •  Lost Key Fob Replacement: $5.00

REC Way Basketball

Registration is underway for REC Way Basketball. This league is for boys and girls in PreK (ages 3 & 4) up to 5th Grade. The goals of REC Way Basketball is to teach kids the basic fundamentals, skills, and rules of basketball. Games are in January and February on Saturdays at the Paducah Recreation Center. Clinics are on November 12 & 19 and December 3. Weekly practices start in December and will be held in addition to games. Players who sign up will be assigned teams and are provided a t-shirt uniform for games. Cost is $60 per child and the registration deadline has been extended until Thursday November 21.

Christmas Parade

The 2019 City of Paducah Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 7 in downtown Paducah. The theme is Christmas Celebrations Around the World. Music and lights are required on all parade entries. Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the end of the parade on the official Santa float and will be available for photos after the parade at the downtown gazebo.

The deadline to enter a float is November 5 at 5pm. Late entries will incur a $25 penalty fee. Entries will not be accepted after November 12, 2019. The parade begins at 5 p.m. at 14th and Broadway and travels down Broadway until it turns left at 2nd Street. The parade will then travel down second until it reaches Monroe where it will disband. Parade participants are encouraged to continue moving down 2nd Street toward the Farmers’ Market pavilion to maintain the flow of the parade.

Candy Cane Hunt

The award winning Candy Cane Hunt brought to you by Paducah Parks & Recreation, the Yeiser Art Center, and The Carson Center will be held Saturday December 7 on the front lawn of The Carson Center. The entire event is FREE! Registration for the event begins at 12:00pm. Kids will receive a gift bag at registration while supplies last. Children ages 10 and under will race to find as many candy canes as they can and take part in a Yeiser Art Center coloring contest from 12:00pm-2:00pm. There will be three hunts for different age groups: 3 and under at 12:45 p.m., 4 to 6 at 1:00 p.m., and 7 to 10 at 1:15 p.m.

Christmas Cards in the Park

In addition to the Christmas in the Park light display sponsored by Paducah Power System, organizations in Paducah and McCracken County can place replicas of large greeting cards in Noble Park. The Christmas Cards in the Park tradition involves the placement of brightly decorated greeting cards, no larger than 4 feet wide by 8 feet high.  The cards should be designed to be displayed at the 8 feet high and 4 feet wide position.  The Paducah Parks & Recreation Department will provide the posts to set up the cards, the personnel to install them, and lighting.  Organizations are recommended to use ½-inch plywood for their cards.

The deadline to submit a greeting card is November 14 at 3 p.m.  Only 25 spaces are available.  Once 25 cards are received, no additional cards will be accepted.  It is the responsibility of the organization to make sure space is available before delivering the card to the Parks Department.  To coordinate delivery, contact Parks Maintenance Superintendent Les Evans at 270-444-8508 ext. 8.  

Paducah Homegrown Holiday Market

The Paducah Farmers Market is holding their 6th annual HOMEGROWN HOLIDAY MARKET at Paducah Middle School once again on Saturday December 14th from 9am to 2pm!

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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. 

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.

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