The Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities for each member of the family to enjoy. One of the main goals for the Department is to improve recreation opportunities for all Knoxvillians. With the programming of recreation centers, the construction of greenways/trails and the upgrading of many city parks, great progress is being made toward the goal.
See what numerous recreational opportunities await you in Knoxville by checking out the
City's Parks & Recreation Guide
and Legacy Parks Get Out And Play! Guide
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Lifeguard Certification Courses
Lifeguard Certification Courses are offered in April and May in preparation for outdoor pools opening in late May. Click here to read more about lifeguard training.
Be a Part of the Adopt a Park Program
Through the Adopt-a-Park program businesses, park users, and various community groups can take an active role in beautifying our community and supporting Knoxville's park system.
More about the Adopt A Park Program
Children's Summer Playground Program
The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department hosts its Summer Playground Program, open to Knoxville residents, at each of its 12 recreation centers located in all sections of Knoxville.Call 865-215-1400 for more information.
More about the Summer Playground Program
Park Shelter & Recreation Building Reservations
Reservations can be made for 12 City Park Shelters as well as most Recreation/Community Center Buildings. Reservations may be made online
or by calling 311 for information at 865-215-4311.
More about Recreation/Community Center Reservations
More about the Park Shelters Reservations
Call 3-1-1 or 865-215-4311
The Athletics Office cooperates with sports commissions across the city to provide recreational sports activities for adults and children in baseball, softball, basketball and football. The Officials Coordinator helps to improve the athletic experience for participants by training and scheduling officials for sporting events. For information on how to sign up for one of the leagues, call the office at Call 3-1-1 or 865-215-4311
More about the Athletics Office
Game Cancellations and Pool Closings
For Game Cancellations
, call the Athletic Info Line at 865-215-INFO (4636). This line is updated daily at 4 p.m. No news is good news!
For Outdoor Swimming Pool Closings
please call Ed Cothren Pool at 865-544-7840 or Inskip Pool at 865-687-9919.
Planning & Development
The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department works hard to
improve the City’s existing parklands, recreational facilities and trail
facilities. Through planning, development, maintenance and facilities
management projects, staff work continually to enhance and expand
facilities to better serve the community and visitors.
The Parks and Recreation Department works with several other City
departments, government agencies and non-for-profit groups to expand
trails, parklands and recreational opportunities for our community.
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The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department provides a safe and fun environment so all citizens may enjoy their leisure time. Our dedicated staff works to promote healthy lifestyles and character building activities by providing affordable quality programs, parks, and recreation venues.