Leisure Services


  1. tai chi

    'One World... One Breath': World Tai Chi and Qigong Day set for April 24

    “One world… one breath.” That’s the motto of a global event happening April 24 – World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. Locals will be participating at Cane Creek Recreation Center in Cookeville starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free. Read on...
  2. Storyfest in the Park storytellers

    Storyfest in the Park returns May 1 with Andy Offutt Irwin and Minton Sparks

    “We can’t wait to be back under the tent!” Those are the words of Cookeville museums manager Beth Thompson as she anticipates the return of Cookeville Leisure Services’ Storyfest in the Park, which will be May 1 at Dogwood Park. Read on...
  3. Steve Gwilt and Maggie

    CPAC's Steve Gwilt: Retired but looking forward to more theatre

    Steve Gwilt recently “got through” his lines on a role he played for more than 20 years – that of cultural arts coordinator for Cookeville Leisure Services. He retired March 26, joined by co-workers and theatre friends in a celebration at Dogwood Park. Read on...
  4. Cane Creek dog park construction

    Dog park construction underway at Cane Creek Park

    Cookeville’s first public dog park could be ready to open by this summer at Cane Creek Park. Construction is underway for the 1.5-acre park that will include fenced-in areas for dogs to run free, as well as agility equipment, shade structures and more. Read on...
  5. Cane Creek (re)Boot Camp

    Cane Creek Boot Camp getting a (re)Boot April 1-June 29

    Cane Creek Boot Camp, an outdoor fitness class offered by Cookeville Leisure Services, is rebooting. The class will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 1-June 29, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Cane Creek Park. Read on...
  6. Dogwood Park restroom donation

    Donation makes Heart of the City Playground restrooms a reality

    The final piece of Dogwood Park’s Heart of the City Playground is almost in place – restrooms. “We are so grateful to donate this money that is 100 percent from the community – $87,000 and some change – to go toward restrooms and any other maintenance..." Read on...
  7. Seth Bruton

    Bruton joins Cookeville Leisure Services as athletic superintendent

    Cookeville Leisure Services has a new athletic superintendent – Seth Bruton. In his new position, Bruton oversees all city-sponsored athletic programs. "Cookeville is growing quite a bit, and I look forward to providing new opportunities...” Read on...
  8. rainbow trout at Cane Creek Park

    Cane Creek Park’s trout offer cold-water fishing opportunities

    Winter brings more than frigid temperatures to Cane Creek Park. It also brings trout. TWRA released 1,500 rainbow trout into the park’s 56-acre lake Dec. 9 and will return Jan. 20 to release more through its annual statewide winter trout stocking program. 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.

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Fitness Classes & Programs

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

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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