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Photography Contest: Your photo could be on the cover of Leisure Life magazine!

Calling all photographers! Ever found inspiration in Cookeville's city parks? Have a favorite photo from Cane Creek, Dogwood Park, or one of our other beautiful parks or facilities? We want to showcase YOUR art on the cover of our next magazine!

Click here to submit your photo!


  1. 2023 Dogwood Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Christmas in the Park: Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Returns to Dogwood Park on Dec.

    Cookeville’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony brings joy and light to the holiday season. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Dogwood Park. The free celebratory event includes music, hot cocoa, and a 40-foot Christmas tree! Read on...
  2. The TTU Computer Science themed Christmas tree next to a display of a vintage TTU varsity jacket.

    Christmas Forest Opens Nov. 30 at Cookeville History Museum

    Buttons, Barbie dolls, and books, oh my! The Christmas trees at the Cookeville History Museum sparkle with the delightful and unexpected. “Stepping into the Christmas Forest at the Cookeville History Museum is magical in more ways than one.. Read on...
  3. Tour of Lights 2023

    The Merry & Bright Tour of Lights: Your Guide to Festive Homes in Cookeville

    Hop in the car and see the best Christmas lights in Cookeville with the Merry and Bright Tour of Lights! The tour features all 20 homes entered in this year’s Holiday Home Challenge. A free Tour of Lights map marks the location of each home! Read on...
  4. Teens playing volleyball in the Cane Creek Gymnasium

    Youth Volleyball League at Cane Creek Gymnasium

    Get ready! Registration for Youth Volleyball opens Nov. 6 at the Cane Creek Gymnasium. This eleven-week league is a fun opportunity for children and teens ages 7-15 years old. The league is divided into three divisions based on age. Read on...
  5. Fall and Winter 2023 Leisure Life Magazine

    New Edition of "Leisure Life" Magazine Now Available

    See what big events are coming to Cookeville this holiday season. You'll find all the details for the Dogwood Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas at the Depot, Father Daughter Date Night, and much more in this season's "Leisure Life" magazine! Read on...
  6. Dogwood Fall October 2023 (1 of 1)

    Seasonal Changes at City Parks

    Fall is in the air, and that means seasonal changes are coming to Cookeville’s city parks! Read on...
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About Us

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 and maintenance of all city buildings.

Classes & Programs

We offer a variety of group fitness classes and recreational programs at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Learn More or Register

Shelter Reservations: Cane Creek Park

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 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.

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