Leisure Services


  1. A scene from CPAC&#39s Backstage Series production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

    Backstage show ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ opens Friday at CPAC

    Find out what happens when middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who bicker and complain in the home they share, are visited by movie star sister Masha and boyfriend Spike in CPAC's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which opens Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Read on...
  2. Big Band Sound Orchestra performs at Dogwood Park

    Big Band Sound Orchestra to liven up Dogwood Park Aug. 5 and Sept. 2

    Get ready for saxophones, trumpets, trombones and more – plus lots of lively dancing. It’ll happen Monday during a free Big Band Sound Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. at Dogwood Park, 30 E. Broad St. Another is scheduled for Sept. 2. Read on...
  3. Cookeville wins dog park grant

    Cookeville wins $100,000 grand prize dog park grant

    Cookeville’s “bark” was heard. Now the city is getting a public dog park thanks to a $100,000 grant from Tennessee Dog Park Dash, which is funded by the Boyd Foundation. Cookeville was one of two $100,000 grand prize recipients, the other being Columbia. Read on...
  4. People improve their fitness in a fun way with Hoop 30.

    Add fun to your fitness routine with Hoop 30 and Pound Fit

    Exercising just got more fun at Cane Creek Recreation Center. Hoop 30 and Pound Fit, offered on Mondays at 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., are now among the group fitness classes being offered by Cookeville Leisure Services. Hoops and drumsticks are provided. Read on...
  5. A skateboarder rides the wall at Park View Skate Park.

    A place for skaters: Park View Skate Park now open

    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 city’s long-awaited Park View Skate Park is now open. Read on...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. TWRA officials add brush to Cane Creek Lake.

    Variety of 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...
  9. A sassafras tree is labeled at Cane Creek Park.

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

    Something special awaits trail users at Cane Creek Park and City Lake Natural Area. Dozens of native trees have been labeled as part of their 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.