Leisure Services


  1. softball players on the field

    Leisure Services fall softball registration open through July 24

    Registration for fall softball continues through July 24. “I know a lot of teams are looking forward to playing after the spring season was cancelled, and we are excited to have them back,” Bonnie Graham, Leisure Services athletic superintendent, said. Read on...
  2. Third Thursday in the Park will feature the Sofia Goodman Group

    Third Thursday in the Park concert July 16: Sofia Goodman Group

    The Sofia Goodman Group is bringing jazz funk fusion to Dogwood Park. The concert, part of Cookeville Leisure Services’ Third Thursday in the Park summer concert series, is July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Read on...
  3. Runners prepare for the Watermelon Crawl virtual 5K.

    Watermelon Crawl virtual 5K registration open through July 22

    Run at your own time, location and pace in the Watermelon Crawl virtual 5K. The race, presented by Cookeville Leisure Services, may be completed on or before National Watermelon Day, Aug. 3. The registration deadline is July 22. Read on...
  4. Depot visitors look for answers to trivia questions.

    History Hike on July 11 features Cookeville Depot trivia

    It’s a “hike” Cookeville Depot fans will want to take. Saturday’s History Hike, presented by Leisure Services, features outdoor depot trivia. Participants can pick up an entry form 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and search the historic museum grounds for answers. Read on...
  5. community band

    Cookeville Community Band concerts cancelled, other concerts remain scheduled

    Monday nights at Dogwood Park’s performance pavilion will remain quiet in July. Cookeville Community Band has cancelled the remainder of its summer concert series. Third Thursday in the Park concerts are continuing. Read on...
  6. fountain

    Dogwood Park interactive fountain to resume June 20

    Dogwood Park’s fountain will flow again June 20. “We are pleased to announce that we are turning on the interactive fountain so people can enjoy the cool, refreshing water,” Rick Woods, Cookeville Leisure Services director, said. Read on...
  7. Corbin Dardene at the Cookeville History Museum

    Teen happy to volunteer at Cookeville’s museums

    Volunteering at a museum has its perks. Last fall, Corbin Dardenne, a recent Cookeville High School graduate, suited up as a Ghostbuster for Night at the Museums. His job was to chase “ghosts” out of the Cookeville History and Cookeville Depot museums. Read on...
  8. heart of the city playground

    Cookeville city playgrounds reopening June 13

    Cookeville's playgrounds are opening June 13. Parks with playgrounds include Cane Creek Park, Cinderella Park, Dogwood Park, Franklin Avenue Park, Park View Park and West End Park. They have been unavailable since March to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  9. 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...
  10. A man looks inside a bluebird box at Cane Creek Park

    Bluebirds finding new homes in Dogwood and Cane Creek parks

    Perhaps you’ve noticed them while strolling through Dogwood and Cane Creek parks – small wooden boxes atop metal poles, with a hole in the front. Just the right size for a bluebird. The bluebirds noticed them and it didn’t take long for them to settle in. 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 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.