Leisure Services


  1. dog park at cane creek park

    Want a dog park in Cookeville? Voice your support

    Want a public dog park in Cookeville? Now is the time to speak up. During June, locals can show their support through social media posts and letters of support that will boost Cookeville’s application for a Dog Park Dash grant from the Boyd Foundation. Read on...
  2. Bluegrass Solutions band members gather.

    Third Thursday concert series presents Bluegrass Solutions June 20

    Indulge in a night of banjo, mandolin and fiddle playing June 20 as Bluegrass Solutions takes the stage for Dogwood Park’s next Third Thursday in the Park concert. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Read on...
  3. A skateboarder rides the wall at Park View Skate Park.

    A place for skaters: Park View Skate Park to open June 20

    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 grand opening for the city’s long-awaited Park View Skate Park is June 20 at 3 p.m. Read on...
  4. A crowd gathers for an After Dark movie at Dogwood Park.

    After Dark Movies at Dogwood Park set for June 14, 15, 21, 28, July 6

    Warm, starry nights. Blankets on the lawn. And popcorn. It’s time for After Dark Movies in the Park at Dogwood Park. The fun begins this weekend with "Mary Poppins Returns" June 14 and "Ralph Breaks the Internet" June 15. Read on...
  5. Cookeville Community Band performs at Dogwood Performance Pavilion

    Cookeville Community Band concerts continue at Dogwood Park

    It’s summer concert season at Dogwood Park. Cookeville Community Band concerts are scheduled for May 27, June 10 and 24 and July 8 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Concessions are available. Read on...
  6. Kids gather during basketball camp at Cane Creek Gymnasium.

    Kids can stay active in Leisure Services summer sports camps

    Summer is a time for having fun and making new friends. Leisure Services offers an opportunity for both through three sports camps. Registration is open for Basketball Camp, Lacrosse Camp and All Sports Camp to be held at Cane Creek Gymnasium and fields. Read on...
  7. A boy looks through a magnifying glass at the Cookeville History Museum.

    ‘I Spy Cookeville’ continues through Aug. 24 at Cookeville History Museum

    Cookeville History Museum visitors are spying a fun new exhibit. “I Spy Cookeville” features picture riddles and interactive challenges that will appeal to all ages. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Read on...
  8. School of Dance students perform at CPAC

    Learn about School of Dance during July 29 open house

    Leisure Services School of Dance is gearing up for its 2019-2020 season. Prospective students are invited to an open house July 29 from 4-6 p.m. at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Read on...
  9. Leisure Services volunteers

    Docents and Cultural Arts Support Team a vital part of Leisure Services

    “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...
  10. TWRA officials add brush to Cane Creek Lake.

    New fish attractors improve fishing at Cane Creek Park

    TWRA 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...
  11. A sassafras tree is labeled 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...
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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.