Cookeville Leisure Services Department


The 7th annual After Dark-Race for the Park 8K and After Dark-Kids for the Park one miler for children under 12 is scheduled for August 8, 2014. Both races benefit Dogwood Park and seek to facilitate community involvement in the growth and development of Dogwood Park. The children's race is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Early registration for the 8K race is open now through July 28 for $30 and $35 thereafter. Register online at  
You can also pick up a registration form at the Cane Creek Recreation Center or our office in City Hall. More information is available at

 The Department of Leisure Services and Public Facilities is the leading provider of recreational and educational programs, classes and events in this area.

The Department is responsible for all city parks, the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Cane Creek Recreation Center and Gymnasium, the Cane Creek SportsPlex, the Cookeville Depot and History Museums, maintenance of all city buildings, and the City Cemetery.


We provide programs, classes and special events throughout the year, many of which are FREE!


Online registration is now available for classes, events and programs, and reservations for shelters.

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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.
Our mission will be 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 that our facility users and program participants' first impression will be their lasting impression. — We believe that 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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