Leisure Services


  1. virtual costume contest

    ‘Come As You Aren’t’ virtual costume contest Oct. 19-26

    Get those “boo-tiful” costumes ready. Cookeville Leisure Services is offering a new “Come As You Aren’t” virtual costume contest Oct. 19-26 with categories for children, adults and groups. Read on...
  2. Carving Up Cookeville contest

    Carving Up Cookeville: Registration open for new pumpkin carving contest

    A fun Halloween tradition just got competitive. Carving Up Cookeville, a new pumpkin carving contest presented by Cookeville Leisure Services, is open for registration. Entries may be dropped Oct. 26-28 at 4 p.m. at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Read on...
  3. People watch classic movies at the Cookeville Depot.

    Cookeville Depot showing free classic films Fridays in October

    Classic Cinema at the Depot shows a free film each Friday in October at 7 p.m. as follows: “E.T." (1982) Oct. 2; “Charade” (1963) Oct. 9; “The Inspector General” (1949) Oct. 16; “Batman: The Movie” (1966) Oct. 23; “House on Haunted Hill” (1959) Oct. 30. Read on...
  4. Ridin the Rails perform during a Brown Bag Lunch Concert at the Cookeville Depot

    Cookeville Depot’s Brown Bag Lunch Concert series Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23

    Music and lunch will come together four Fridays in October for the Brown Bag Lunch Concert series at the Cookeville Depot. Admission is free. “Listening to great music while sitting outside on a nice fall day at the depot is about as good as it gets..." Read on...
  5. Dogwood Park fountain off

    Dogwood Park fountain repairs unlikely this fall

    Dogwood Park’s interactive fountain is likely off for the season. The fountain has been inoperable since Sept. 3 due to a pump house failure that resulted in damage to vital control parts. “We apologize for any inconvenience..." Read on...
  6. Dogwood Park fountain is closed for repairs

    Dogwood Park fountain closed for repairs

    Dogwood Park’s interactive fountain is closed due to mechanical issues. “We’re still evaluating the damage and needed repairs,” Rick Woods, Cookeville Leisure Services director, said. The fountain will remain closed until repairs can be made. Read on...
  7. A museum docent looks at the Suffrage Centennial 1920-2020 exhibit at Cookeville History Museum.

    ‘Suffrage Centennial 1920-2020’ opens Aug. 21 at Cookeville History Museum

    It was a landmark moment in American history – the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920, giving women the right to vote. Cookeville History Museum is marking that moment 100 years later with a new exhibit, “Suffrage Centennial 1920-2020." Read on...
  8. COVID-19 mask-Richard Fielding Cooke

    Cookeville History Museum documenting local COVID-19 quarantine stories

    “What was life like during the pandemic of 2020?” Cookeville History Museum is preparing for the time when future generations ask that question by collecting as many local “quarantine stories” as possible. “We are experiencing a new, shared history..." Read on...
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Have fa-boo-lous pumpkin carving skills? Enter the first Carving Up Cookeville contest. Choose from three categories: Scariest, Most Creative and Funniest. Prizes will be awarded in two age groups: adults 18 and up; children 17 and under. The entry fee is $5. Register by Oct. 26. Entries will be dropped off Oct. 26-28 at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Pumpkins must be appropriate for public display. (See contest rules on registration page). For more information, call 931-526-7393.


Carving up Cookeville


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 the following: 

  • 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
  • Maintenance of all city buildings

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Classes & Programs

We offer a variety of Classes & Programs throughout the year at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Online registration is available.

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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.