Parks & Recreation Department

Welcome To Paducah Parks & Recreation!

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.

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Paducah Parks & Recreation Programs and Fall Activity Guide

Paducah Parks & Recreation always has something going on no matter the season.  For the most recent comprehensive schedule of what's going on this fall, see our Fall Newsletter below.  For more specific class information contact the Parks office at 270-444-8508 or visit our registration website. 

Fall Newsletter

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 2017 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), which includes access to the facility, many of the great classes, and use of facility equipment during regular operating hours. Starting January 1, 2017 all users must have a 2017 Membership, which expire on December 31, 2017. Check out the November Calendar to see what programs and activities are being offered this month!

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Visits Paducah Again!

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make an overnight stop in Paducah's Noble Park during its trek from Montana to Washington, D.C. The tree will arrive at Noble Park on Wednesday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Eve) and will be available for viewing during the kickoff to Paducah Power System’s Christmas in the Park. Festivities during the tree’s visit will include the lighting ceremony for Christmas in the Park at 5:30 pm, followed by a Walk Under the Lights that will allow participants to see the lights and tree up close.

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. Tot School meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the classroom on the second floor of the Paducah Parks Services office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive. Program costs are $110 per month and are due at the first of each month. The next semester of Tot School begins August 14, 2017.  It runs through December 13. An Open House is on Friday August 11 from 9am - 12pm.


Candy Cane Hunt

The annual Candy Cane Hunt brought to you by Paducah Parks & Recreation and the Yeiser Art Center will be held Saturday, December 2 on the front lawn of the Carson Center. The children will be divided into different age groups as they race to collect the more than 2,400 candy canes. After the Candy Cane Hunt, kids can go to the Yeiser Art Center for a DIY Globe Ornament Project from 1:00-3:00pm. The entire event is FREE!

Registration begins at 12:15. Kids ages 3 and under will begin their hunt at 1:00 pm with kids ages 4-6 starting at 1:10 pm, ages 7-10 at 1:20. Prizes will be awarded for finding special candy canes, and gift bags will be given out to kids at registration while supplies last.

Christmas Parade

The 2017 City of Paducah Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 2 in downtown Paducah. 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. The theme of the 2017 Christmas Parade is Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow.  Music and lights are required on all parade entries.

The deadline to enter a float is Tuesday, November 7th at 5pm. Late entries will incur a $25 penalty fee.  Entries will not be accepted after November 14th. 

Homegrown Holiday Farmers Market

Join us for the Holiday Market! Paducah Parks & Recreation is featuring the third annual Homegrown Holiday Farmers’ Market on Saturday, December 9th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m in the gymnasium at Paducah Middle School. This one-day extension of the Paducah Farmers’ Market brings together local homegrown products including meat, produce, and eggs in addition to baked goods, artisan items, and seasonal goodies.

Free photos with Santa will be available, in addition to free carriage rides, Christmas craft for the kids and Master Gardeners will be making fresh festive flower corsages! Plus, the Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees.

Paducah Parks & Recreation Television Programs

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


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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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​​Paducah Parks & Recreation
P.O. Box 7265
Paducah, KY  42002-7265

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