Parks & Recreation Department

Paducah Parks & Recreation - Always Something To Do!  Even during a Pandemic!  

Due to the Coronvirus pandemic, Paducah Parks and Recreation offices are closed to the public.  We can still be reached by calling our office at 270-444-8508 or by email at, or you can send us a message on Facebook.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance.

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


Check out this video introducing Paducah Parks & Recreation. There are many great things happening at Paducah Parks & Recreation. A major project just completed in February of 2020 was the update of our Master Plan. We encourage you to read through this document.

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

How to Register for Paducah Parks & Recreation Programs

There are three ways to register for programs and activities. CURRENTLY YOU MAY REGISTER ONLINE OR BY CALLING 270-444-8508 SINCE OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

In Office: Stop by the Paducah Parks & Recreation Office at 1400 HC Mathis Drive and register with cash, check, or debit/credit card. The Parks & Recreation Office is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19.
Online: Click Online Registration to register online for an activity, reserve a shelter or to reserve ballfields. You must use a credit/debit card. You may also view programs, facilities, and activities. You will have to create an account to register or use your exisiting account information. 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

*Due to new State COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, the Paducah Recreation Center will be closed until January 4, 2021. More information will be released regarding the January reopening before the Christmas holiday. We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience during this time.*

The Paducah Recreation Center is reopening! See our November calendar for a schedule of classes. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines. We are only able to allow 9 participants for each class. To reserve a spot, call the Paducah Parks & Recreation office at 270-444-8508. Please see our Member Letter and November Member Update Letter to see some of the changes that will take place upon reopening. Not able to join us in person? Check our our previously recorded Paducah Recreation Center classes we available online! Just click here to view them.

Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market

2020 will be a great new year for the Paducah Homegrown Farmers' Market and we want you to be a part of it. Refer to our Farmers' Market Facebook page for updates.

Candy Cane Hunt At Home

Paducah Parks & Recreation's annual award-winning Candy Cane Hunt is back, modified of course. This year, Paduach Parks & Recreation will be hosting a drive-thru pick-up event for you and your family to pick-up your own bag of all the essentials you will need to host your own Candy Cane Hunt at home. This year's event is sponsored by Banterra.

Paducah Parks & Recreation will host a drive-thru pick-up at Shelter #16 in Noble Park on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Bags will be provided to families and include all of the essentials you will need to host your own fun filled Candy Cane Hunt at home. Each bag will include candy canes, a coloring sheet with instructions for the Yeiser Art Center's Coloring Contest, Christmas themed toys, a packet of hot chocolate, a craft kit, and crayons. Supplies are limited.

Coloring sheets can be e-mailed to The Yeiser Art Center at to enter The Yeiser Art Center Coloring Contest. Coloring Contest submissions must be turned into The Yeiser Art Center by Saturday, December 12th for awards considerations. The Yeiser Art Center will announce winners once judging is complete. Can't make it to the Candy Cane Hunt At Home pick-up? Find a copy of the coloring sheet here. This year's design is by Shaun Weeks.

For those entering from Park Avenue, turn onto Recreation Trace, then turn right onto Swim Drive and then onto the small road leading to Shelter #16. For those entering from the main loop in Noble Park, turn left onto the road leading from Shelter #16. The entry to Picnic Trace from Recreation Trace will be blocked. However, motorists will be able to exit onto Recreation Trace from Picnic Trace.

Candy Cane Hunt At Home Goody Bag Pick-Up Map

You can find the Candy Cane Hunt At Home Facebook event page here.

The Candy Cane Hunt was awarded Kentucky Recreation & Park Society's Class IV Program of the Year in 2019.

Distance Recreation

Are you starving for some outdoor fun.  Exhausting all of your ideas to keep your family busy and entertained while we're staying Healthy @ home? Check out our "Distance Recreation" page for ideas, activities, scavenger hunts, videos, fitness challenges, virtual summer camps, and 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. 

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.