Leisure Services


  1. Softball players enjoy a game at the Cane Creek SportsPlex.

    Leisure Services softball registration open through July 27

    Registration for Cookeville Leisure Services’ fall co-ed recreation and men’s softball leagues continues through July 27. Read on...
  2. school of dance students perform

    Leisure Services School of Dance open house July 30

    Want to learn more about the Leisure Services School of Dance? An open house will be held July 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cane Creek Recreation Center Read on...
  3. Leisure Services fitness instructors

    July offers lots of fitness options at Cane Creek Recreation Center

    Ready to try a new fitness class? Cookeville Leisure Services has 24 to choose from in July – everything from yoga to Zumba – at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. The first one is free. Read on...
  4. Children enjoy Train Tales at the Cookeville Depot.

    Train Tales a Friday favorite at Cookeville Depot

    The Cookeville Depot strives to build on children's natural enthusiasm for trains and history through a number of fun and educational community outreach programs — one of which is Train Tales, a free activity for preschoolers every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Read on...
  5. Heart of the City Playground mural

    Heart of the City Playground waterfall mural gets new splash of color

    Vibrant blue and white “water” is flowing once again inside Dogwood Park’s Heart of the City Playground. Cookeville muralist Erica Swenson just finished repainting the playground’s Burgess Falls-themed rock climbing wall. Read on...
  6. Pollinator field seeds are planted at Cane Creek Park.

    Pollinator fields to bloom at Cane Creek Park

    Three pollinator fields, totaling just over three acres, were recently planted at Cane Creek Park to provide sanctuaries for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other tiny pollinators. Read on...
  7. People gather for Depot Summer Cinema

    Free summer movies return to Cookeville Depot Museum

    Friday nights in July are flickering to life with free movies the Cookeville Depot Museum. Read on...
  8. Cookeville Community Band  concert

    Season's final Cookeville Community Band concert July 23 at Dogwood Park

    The season's final Cookeville Community Band concert, presented by Cookeville Leisure Services, will take place July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park. Admission is free. Read on...
  9. Children look at an exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum.

    ‘Kidville’ exhibit offers hands-on look at local government

    Local children have an opportunity to learn more about their city in “Kidville,” a new exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum. Admission is free. Read on...
  10. Basketball camp participants listen to their coach.

    One summer camp remains: Register now for Leisure Services Basketball Camp

    Only one Cookeville Leisure Services summer athletic camp remains. Basketball Camp will be held July 23-27. Read on...
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When it comes to leisurely activities, the City of Cookeville Department of Leisure Services has plenty to offer. A variety of events, programs and classes are always in the works to satisfy people of all ages. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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: 

  • City parks
  • Cookeville Performing Arts Center
  • Cane Creek Recreation Center and Gymnasium
  • Cane Creek SportsPlex
  • Cookeville Depot and History museums
  • Maintenance of all city buildings
  • Cookeville City Cemetery

Classes, Programs & Events

We offer Classes & Programs and events throughout the year, many of which are free. Online registration is available.


Cane Creek Recreation Center offers daily fitness classes. Learn more

Shelter Reservations

Many special occasions are celebrated at Cane Creek Park - birthdays, reunions, weddings, graduations and more. With its sparkling lake and scenic wooded areas, the park is the perfect setting for making memories. Three picnic shelters are available to make these gatherings more convenient. Learn More

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.