Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation Director

Joe Walsh
jwalsh@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-4311

400 Main St., Room 303
Knoxville, TN 37902

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EVENTS PROGRAMS
Concerts in the Park
CrossKnox 15k Race
Doggie Dip Day
Father's Day Fishing Event
Get on Local trails with Missy Kane
Let's Move Event
Outdoor KnoxFest
Teen Step Show
Adopt-A-Park Program
Aerobics Classes
Arts & Fine Crafts Center
Celebration Bench Program
Challenge Grant [PDF]
Community Connections Newsletter
Get on Local trails with Missy Kane
Knoxville Community Band
Senior Citizen Programs
Summer Camps
Swimming Lessons
FACILITIES SPORTS
Ballfields
Blueways 
Community Centers
Dog Parks 
Fishing Locations
Golf Courses 
Greenways
Ijams Nature Center
Parks
Park Shelter Reservations
Special Event FAQs & Tips
Swimming Pools
Tennis Courts 
Water Play Fountains
Weight Training Facilities
Zoo
Aquatics
Athletics Department
Baseball/Softball Programs - Youth
Baseball/Softball Programs - Adult
Basketball Programs
Bicycling in Knoxville
Disc Golf
Fishing
Football Programs
Golf
Ice Hockey (KAHA)
Rowing
Skateboarding in Knoxville
Soccer
Tennis Leagues
Track Club
Volleyball Programs
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 recreational 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. 

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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/Gazebo/Recreation Building Reservations

Reservations can be made for a few of the City's Park Shelters, Gazebos and Recreation Buildings. Reservation must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 311 for information at 865-215-4311.
More about the Reservation Process and Park Shelter Regulations
Park Shelter Reservation Form [PDF] 

Athletics Office


Call 3-1-1 or 865-215-4311
Fax: 865-215-1417

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. For Outdoor Swimming Pool Closings please call Ed Cothren Pool at 865-544-7840 or Inskip Pool at 865-687-9919.

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.