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Concerts in the Park
Doggie Dip Day (Sept.)
Let's Move Event (May)
Teen Step Show (Mar.)

Reserve City Facilities (buildings/shelters for birthday parties, baby showers, etc.)

Host a Special Event (community events, run/walk, wedding, etc.)

Register for Lifeguard Certification (click here for more info)
Adopt-A-Park Program
Arts & Fine Crafts Center
Community Connections Newsletter
Community Heritage Program (Bench/Tree Memorials)
Dynamic Sports Programs
Knoxville Community Band
Programs in the Parks
Recreation Challenge Grant
Senior Citizen Programs
Summer Camps
Swimming Lessons
Youth Recreation Outreach Programs

Arts & Fine Crafts Center
Community Centers
Dog Parks 
Fishing Locations
Golf Courses 
Ijams Nature Center
Park Shelters
Senior Centers
Swimming Pools (indoor & outdoor)
Tennis Courts 
Water Play Fountains
Weight Training Facilities
Zoo Knoxville
Athletics Office
Aquatics Programs
Dynamic Sports Programs
Youth Recreation Outreach Programs
Bicycling & Mountain Biking
Disc Golf
Track & Cross Country
Additional Sports
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. 

2017 Parks & Rec Guide  Get Out And Play Guide
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 Reg Logo​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

Adopt A ParkThrough 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

Athletics Office

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. 
More about Planning & Development

Mission Statement

Employees of Parks and RecreationThe 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.