Leisure Services


  1. A Christmas Carol-Tim Lowry

    Tickets on sale for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at CPAC

    A holiday classic is coming to the Cookeville Performing Arts Center stage: Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol.” The one-man show, presented by professional storyteller Tim Lowry of South Carolina, will be Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Read on...
  2. A house is decorated for the Merry and Bright Holiday Home Challenge.

    Registration open for Merry & Bright Holiday Home Challenge, Tour of Lights

    Registration is open for the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Challenge presented by Cookeville Leisure Services and Upper Cumberland Association of REALTORS. Locals have an opportunity to compete for cash prizes and be included in a Christmas Tour of Lights. Read on...
  3. A man participates in a chair yoga class.

    ‘It lifts me up in spirit’: Health and wellness classes helpful to many

    As a person with multiple sclerosis, Jim King had been looking for ways to keep his muscles flexible. When he found out about Chair Yoga at Cane Creek Recreation Center, he decided to give it a try. Three years later, he’s still coming back. Read on...
  4. Girl Scouts show their duck feeding sign at Cane Creek Park.

    Girl Scouts suggest healthy options when feeding ducks, geese at Cane Creek Park

    Cane Creek Park’s waterfowl love people who visit them – and the treats they bring. But they don’t know that some treats are bad for them. Neither do those who enjoy feeding them bits of bread. A couple of Girl Scouts hope to change that with a new sign. Read on...
  5. A skateboarder rides the wall at Park View Skate Park.

    A place for skaters: Park View Skate Park now open

    There is an old saying about skate parks: "If your community doesn’t have a skate park, it is one.” That may have once been true for Cookeville. But not anymore. The city’s long-awaited Park View Skate Park is now open. Read on...
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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
  • Maintenance of all city buildings

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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.