About 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.
- November 1 through March 31, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Note: The inner loop next to the lake closes at 8 p.m., while the outer loop, ballfields, tennis and basketball courts, skatepark, and greenway trail are accessible until park closure at 9 p.m. The Peck Education Trail and the entrance at Cairo Road close at sunset due to limited visibility in those areas.)
- April 1 through October 31, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
The park is situated around a 5-acre lake (Lake Gerry B. Montgomery) 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, music garden interactive playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, a skatepark, ball fields, amphitheatre, nature trail, rental facilities, and picnic shelters. Robert Cherry Civic Center (currently closed), the Arts and Crafts Building, and the Anna Baumer Community Center are all located at Noble Park.
The Greenway Trail links Noble Park to Stuart Nelson Park and to McCracken County's Trail. It's a little more than a mile walk on the Greenway Trail to reach Stuart Nelson from Noble Park. Once there, you'll find a disc golf course, more ball fields, a dog park, and another playground.
On the west side of Lake Montgomery is an outdoor theatre for concerts and gatherings with an accessible ramp.
Behind the amphitheatre is a shelter with a small parking lot and access to a nature trail and the Peck Educational Trail (see below).
- Anna Baumer Community Center
The Anna Baumer Community Center is 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.
- Arts and Crafts Building
The Arts and Crafts Building is next to the baseball field parking lot. This facility which can be rented 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, 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.
- Baseball/Softball Fields
Noble Park provides 6 lighted fields with a concession stand area on the west side of the park with access from Park Avenue. A large parking area is next to the fields.
- Basketball Courts
Four full-size lighted courts are located on the west side of the Noble Park Pool and next to the Arts and Craft Building. The courts were resurfaced in 2022.
- 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. The concrete section of the trail is from Noble Park to the riverfront.
- Horseshoe Pit
The Ward Thomas Memorial horseshoe pit is a regulation size sand horseshoe pit next to Nature Trail which is behind the amphitheatre.
- Lake Gerry B. Montgomery
Lake Gerry B. Montgomery is approximately 5.5 acres in size with a gazebo, bridge, boardwalk, 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.
In August 2018, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved naming the lake after former Mayor Gerry B. Montgomery who served as Mayor from 1988 through 1995. Then mayor, Mayor Brandi Harless said, “Mayor Montgomery is to credit for bringing back Noble Park to the community. She thought it was an asset to the community that needed to be preserved.” Mayor Montgomery also founded the Paducah Ambassadors which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. The approved municipal order states, “The City of Paducah along with the Paducah Ambassadors desire to express their gratitude to former Mayor Montgomery for her dedication to the preservation and promotion of our community by formally naming the lake at Bob Noble Park in her honor.” On July 16, 2020, Gerry Montgomery attended a ceremony for the unveiling of the Lake Montgomery sign.
- Music Garden
The Music Garden is an interactive playground with instruments designed to withstand the outdoor elements. The playground is on the west side of Lake Montgomery.
This playground is the result of a public-private partnership with fundraising by seven local garden clubs and private donors to purchase the instruments. The City of Paducah installed the instruments and prepared the playground's base. The ribbon cutting was September 21, 2022.
- Nature Trail and Peck Education Trail
Nature Trail - The accessible trailhead with parking is on the road to the Anna Baumer Community Center behind the amphitheatre. A shelter and 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.
Peck Education Trail - In December 2020, the City held a ribbon cutting for the Peck Education Trail which is a half mile in length and ties into the Nature Trail and winds through the wooded area near the Cairo Road park entrance. The Children's Memorial Garden honoring the children killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing has been relocated to the Peck Education Trail along with 19 new dogwoods. The Peck Education Trail is funded entirely by the estate of J. Lane Peck through the Community Foundation of West Kentucky.
- Orienteering Course
The Noble Park Orienteering Course (NPOC) is made of several markers placed throughout Noble Park. Find them 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.
- Pickleball Courts
An eight-court pickleball facility is located at Noble Park across from the tennis courts. Amenities include fencing, lighting, shade structures, benches, and sidewalks. In 2023, the City contracted with PPC Sports for the construction of the facility with a ribbon cutting celebration held September 1, 2023.
Noble Park Pickleball Courts Reservation Information
Reservations are available from March 1 – November 15 each year (or next available business day). March 1 is the first day reservations can be made by phone or in person with Paducah Parks & Recreation Office. Courts available for reservation only during park hours. Reservations must be made 72 hours prior to reservation.
- $10 per hour per court + tax
- Daily Fees: $75 per day per court + tax
If pickleball courts are not reserved they are available on first come first serve basis. Tournaments, leagues, and frequent, recurring reservations will require additional approval. These types of reservations may require a use agreement, additional details, special event permit, insurance, and may require additional fees. Standard reservation fees will still apply.
Call 270-444-8508 or visit 1400 HC Mathis Drive, Paducah KY 42001 for more information.
- Picnic Shelters
Many shelters are first come-first serve; however, some may be reserved for a fee.
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.
Be sure to visit the Music Garden, a musical playground with instruments, located on the west side of the lake.
There are three heated facilities in addition to portable restrooms. Restrooms are open daily from approximately 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. The locations are as follows:
- Next to ball fields and skatepark
- Next to playground on east side of Lake Montgomery
- Next to tennis courts
- Robert Cherry Civic Center (Currently Closed)
This facility located at 2701 Park Avenue currently is closed for a renovation project. The building is dedicated to Robert C. Cherry who served three terms as mayor of Paducah, 1952-1956, 1960-1964, and 1968-1972.
The skatepark is 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.
- Swimming Pool
The Noble Park Pool includes a spraypad, diving boards, water slides, a concession stand, and picnic area. Swimming lessons are available.
- Tennis Courts
Five full-size and two junior tennis courts are located next to the Robert Cherry Civic Center. The courts are lighted. Bleachers are located outside the fence for spectators. A restroom facility/shelter is located next to the courts.
Wacinton, a sculpture located on Park Avenue next to the tennis courts and Robert Cherry Civic Center, 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. Wacinton means "to have understanding."
- Wireless Hotspots
Wireless internet access is provided at three locations in Noble Park: Skatepark, Robert Cherry Civic Center, and the Noble Park Pool.
Go to the location and configure your laptop or PDA to connect to the "PaducahHotSpot" wireless access point.