Leisure Services


  1. A mother and two daughters bring their dogs to Dogapalooza.

    Dogapalooza: Where dogs socialize and their humans swap stories

    Dogapalooza is known in Cookeville as an event “for dogs and the people who love them” at Dogwood Park. But it’s also a place for swapping stories. So many dogs, so many stories – and there’s more to come during the 10th annual event on April 27, 1-4 p.m. Read on...
  2. Storyfest organizers and sponsors gather at Dogwood Park.

    Storyfest in the Park returning to Dogwood Park May 4

    Look for the big tent May 4 at Dogwood Park and have a seat. Then listen, laugh, maybe even cry a little, during the sixth annual Storyfest in the Park, a free event from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. featuring professional storytellers from throughout the region. Read on...
  3. Children participate in summer Lacrosse Camp.

    Leisure Services summer camp registration opens April 15

    Summer is a time for having fun and making new friends. Leisure Services offers the perfect opportunity through several camps: Recreational Day Camp, Basketball Camp, Lacrosse Camp and All Sports Camp at Cane Creek Recreation Center and Gymnasium. Read on...
  4. Storytellers will be leading workshops

    Registration open for new Storyfest workshops for adults and children

    An opportunity to unleash your inner storyteller awaits. Leisure Services’ sixth annual Storyfest in the Park on May 4 is now a two-day event with the addition of storytelling workshops for adults and children the Friday before the festival, May 3. Read on...
  5. Leisure Services volunteers

    Docents and Cultural Arts Support Team celebrated during National Volunteer Week

    “You’re a dough-what?” As a docent at the Cookeville History Museum, Rex Bennett gets that question a lot. And he doesn’t mind explaining. In fact, he delights in the opportunity to tell about his passion for volunteering and why museums are important. Read on...
  6. TWRA officials add brush to Cane Creek Lake.

    New fish attractors improve fishing at Cane Creek Park

    TWRA recently partnered with Cookeville Leisure Services, Tennessee Tech Student Fisheries Association, TTU Bass Fishing Team and U.S. Geological Survey to improve fishing opportunities at Cane Creek Park by installing a variety of fish attractors. Read on...
  7. City staff show the arboretum at Cane Creek Park.

    Cane Creek Park and City Lake Natural Areas both certified as arboretum

    Something new awaits trail users at Cane Creek Park and City Lake Natural Area. Dozens of native trees have been labeled as part of their recent certification as an arboretum by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Read on...
  8. Nursing exhibit at Cookeville History Museum

    ‘Celebrating Nursing’ continues through May 11 at Cookeville History Museum

    The contributions of nurses are being highlighted in a new exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum. “Celebrating Nursing in the Upper Cumberland” continues through May 11. Admission is free. Read on...
  9. trout fishing at Cane Creek

    Fish for rainbow trout at Cane Creek Park

    A fish normally found in cold-water streams can now be caught at Cane Creek Park. TWRA released approximately 5,000 rainbow trout into the park’s 56-acre lake in December and January through its annual statewide winter trout stocking program. 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.