Relocation of Parks & Recreation Department’s Administrative Offices to Robert Cherry Civic Center – Facility Reservations for the Civic Center Begin Monday, March 4

Date of Release: 
March 01, 2024

Beginning Monday, March 4, the administrative offices for the Paducah Parks & Recreation Department will be open at their new location, the Robert Cherry Civic Center located at 2701 Park Avenue. The Parks & Recreation offices previously were housed in the building at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive.

For the public, this new location is centrally located adjacent to Noble Park with accessible parking next to the door. To register in person for parks events and activities, the public should park in the large parking lot at the Civic Center and enter the side door facing the parking lot near the back of the building.

The public also can stop by the Parks & Recreation office to make reservations for the newly upgraded Civic Center. Requests for facility reservations for dates of April 8, 2024, and later are accepted beginning Monday.

On February 26, the City of Paducah held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the reopening of the Civic Center. In addition to Parks & Recreation offices, the facility offers a lobby, restrooms, a catering kitchen, and large open meeting space that can seat up to 256 people depending upon the table configuration. There is approximately 7000 square feet of reservable space with partial and full-day rental options.

The Robert Cherry Civic Center closed to the public in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, the City completed a feasibility study on the building, met with stakeholders to gather input on community civic center needs, and worked to redesign the building. The collision of a truck into the building in September 2022 caused the construction documents to be reworked to account for the structural damage.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding received by the City of Paducah is covering a majority of the renovation costs.

The building is dedicated to Robert C. Cherry who served three terms as mayor of Paducah: 1952-1955, 1960-1963, and 1968-1971.  To learn more about the Robert Cherry Civic Center including the fee schedule, reservation information, and amenities, visit Robert Cherry Civic Center.

View the Robert Cherry Civic Center ribbon cutting event below.