Leisure Services


  1. Much Ado About Nothing

    Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Sept. 28-Oct. 6 at Dogwood Park

    Shakespeare’s 'Much Ado About Nothing' is coming to the stage at Dogwood Park Sept. 28-Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. during Cookeville Leisure Services’ 15th annual Shakespeare in the Park. Admission is free. Read on...
  2. fall break camps

    Leisure Services offering three fall break camps

    Cookeville Leisure Services is offering three camps during fall break to help students fill the gap in a fun way: Fall Break Camp at the Cane Creek Recreation Center and Basketball Camp and Recreational Games Camp at the Cane Creek Gymnasium. Read on...
  3. fitness

    Get fit for fall with Leisure Services' September fitness classes

    If you’re looking to start a new fitness routine, September is a great time to get started. 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...
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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.