Leisure Services 2017-11-13T14:41:22+00:00

It’s getting colder outside, but Cookeville still has lots to offer. Enjoy!

When it comes to leisurely activities, Cookeville has plenty to offer through its Department of Leisure Services. Numerous events, programs and classes are always in the works to satisfy all ages.

Take a ‘merry and bright’ tour of holiday lights

December 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Take a ‘merry and bright’ tour of holiday lights

COOKEVILLE – A night of holiday fun awaits those who take advantage of Cookeville’s first Merry and Bright Christmas Tour of Lights. The tour features eight points of interest – the properties of participants in [...]

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 [...]

Santa House opening at Dogwood Park

December 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Santa House opening at Dogwood Park

COOKEVILLE – Santa Claus is coming to town – starting this weekend. The little red Santa House, just off the path leading to the nearly 40-foot-tall community Christmas tree at Dogwood Park, awaits the jolly [...]

Christmas Forest opens Dec. 9 at Cookeville History Museum

December 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Christmas Forest opens Dec. 9 at Cookeville History Museum

COOKEVILLE – The “seeds” were first planted last year. Now a second “crop” of trees is sprouting at the Cookeville History Museum in its Christmas Forest exhibit, which opens during the museum’s open house Dec. 9 [...]

Christmas in the Park begins at Dogwood Park

November 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Christmas in the Park begins at Dogwood Park

COOKEVILLE – Community spirit, Santa and a nearly 40-foot-tall Christmas tree came together Dec. 3 for the City of Cookeville’s third annual Christmas in the Park Tree-Lighting Ceremony at Dogwood Park. “We had a beautiful [...]

Rare railroad history returns to Putnam County

November 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Rare railroad history returns to Putnam County

COOKEVILLE – A rare piece of Putnam County railroad history has made its way home to the Cookeville Depot Museum. “It’s one of a kind,” museum docent George Holmes said of the round, 150-pound cast [...]

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.