Leisure Services


  1. After Dark Movies in the Park at Dogwood Park

    After Dark Movies in the Park: Fridays, June 4-July 2, at Dogwood Park

    Friday nights. Movies under the stars. And popcorn. Check, check and check. The After Dark Movies in the Park series begins June 4 and continues on Fridays through July 2 at Dogwood Park. Admission is free. Read on...
  2. bluebird boxes in city parks

    Cookeville bluebird club monitors nesting boxes in city parks

    Peering inside the small wooden boxes at Cane Creek Park, Bill and Jane Gray anticipate sweet discoveries. First, they notice bits of straw, grass or pine needles. Later, a full nest. Then, several small blue eggs. And finally, baby bluebirds. Read on...
  3. kickball at Cane Creek SportsPlex

    Open kickball available Thursdays, May 13-July 1, at Cane Creek SportsPlex

    Just show up and play. That’s what local kickball enthusiasts can expect from a new open kickball opportunity being offered by Cookeville Leisure Services on Thursday evenings, May 13-July 1, at Cane Creek SportsPlex. Read on...
  4. A picture of Gaskell Warren at Cookeville History Museum

    See WWII ‘Through the Lens of a Cookeville Soldier’ at Cookeville History Museum

    Gaskell Warren always had a camera with him – even at war. The World War II soldier traveled all over Europe, taking pictures of most everything he saw. Later, his grandson inherited the collection which is now on exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum. Read on...
  5. lacrosse camp

    Registration open for Leisure Services summer day camps

    Some kids fill summer break with sports. Others prefer arts and crafts or free play. Cookeville Leisure Services’ summer day camps provide opportunities for all of the above. Registration is open at Cane Creek Recreation Center and Gymnasium. Read on...
  6. SlideCKVL cancelled

    SlideCKVL cancelled for 2021

    SlideCKVL has been cancelled due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19. The annual event traditionally features a 1,000-foot waterslide on Broad Street that attracts thousands of sliders and spectators on the weekend of Independence Day. Read on...
  7. Cane Creek dog park construction

    Dog park construction underway at Cane Creek Park

    Cookeville’s first public dog park could be ready to open by this summer at Cane Creek Park. Construction is underway for the 1.5-acre park that will include fenced-in areas for dogs to run free, as well as agility equipment, shade structures and more. Read on...
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About Us

City of Cookeville 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 10 city parks, Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Cane Creek Recreation Center, Cane Creek Gymnasium, Cane Creek SportsPlex, Cookeville Depot Museum, Cookeville History Museum, Cookeville City Cemetery and maintenance of all city buildings.

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Fitness Classes & Programs

We offer a variety of group fitness classes and recreation programs at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Learn More

Shelter Reservations: Cane Creek Park

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 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.

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