Leisure Services 2018-02-26T16:23:59+00:00

When it comes to leisurely activities, the City of Cookeville Department of Leisure Services has plenty to offer. A variety of special events, programs and classes are always in the works to satisfy people of all ages.

History Museum awarded top TAM award for ‘Escape’ exhibit

April 18th, 2018|Comments Off on History Museum awarded top TAM award for ‘Escape’ exhibit

COOKEVILLE – Remember last summer’s “Escape the Cookeville History Museum” exhibit? The one that challenged kids to follow clues to find a key that would “unlock” the museum? It made a good impression on the [...]

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is April 28

April 17th, 2018|Comments Off on World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is April 28

COOKEVILLE – Barbara Sandlin, 76, decided several years ago it was time to go to “battle.” She picked up a sword – a Tai Chi sword, that is – in an effort to stay active. [...]

‘Top Dog’ photos sought for Dogapalooza

April 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on ‘Top Dog’ photos sought for Dogapalooza

COOKEVILLE – Proud of your four-legged friend? Here’s a chance to brag. Cookeville Leisure Services’ ninth annual Dogapalooza, scheduled for April 28 from 1-4 p.m. at Dogwood Park, will once again include a “Top Dog” [...]

Storyfest returning to Dogwood Park May 5

March 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Storyfest returning to Dogwood Park May 5

COOKEVILLE – South Carolina’s Tim Lowry has been telling stories “of the people, by the people and for the people” for 15 years. He’ll continue that tradition as the headliner of Cookeville Leisure Services’ fifth [...]

‘I Have a Voice’ celebrates Tennessee’s African American musical heritage

February 28th, 2018|Comments Off on ‘I Have a Voice’ celebrates Tennessee’s African American musical heritage

COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville History Museum is hosting the Tennessee State Museum traveling exhibit “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage” through May 3. The exhibit gives a snapshot of Tennessee’s rich African [...]

Trout fishing opportunities await at Cane Creek Park

December 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Trout fishing opportunities await at Cane Creek Park

COOKEVILLE – Cane Creek Park’s lake just got more crowded – with trout. It’s not the sort of fish one would find there naturally. But each winter, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency truck rolls into [...]

The Department of Leisure Services and Public Facilities is the leading provider of recreational and educational programs, classes and events in this area. We are responsible for all city parks, the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Cane Creek Recreation Center and Gymnasium, Cane Creek SportsPlex, Cookeville Depot and History museums, maintenance of all city buildings, and Cookeville City Cemetery. We provide programs, classes and special events throughout the year, many of which are free.

Online registration is available for classes, events and programs, and reservations for shelters.
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 Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by being the leading provider of quality leisure time activities, programs, events, facilities and open space for our citizens. That mission is guided by some basic beliefs:

— We believe in safety and cleanliness.

— We believe in being creative, innovative and progressive.

— We believe offering a money-back guarantee indicates our commitment to quality and excellence.

— We believe our people, whether full-time, part-time or temporary, are our most important resource and asset.

— We believe our facility users and program participants’ first impression will be their lasting impression.

— We believe word of mouth is the most important form of publicity and marketing.

— We believe in being courteous, helpful, attentive and fair.

— We believe in protecting and preserving open space and parks in order to enhance the quality of life for future generations.

— We believe in making the good life better.