Announcements & News


     Welcome to the interactive website for the City of Hopkinsville's Division of Parks and Recreation.  As the year progresses this site will offer online registration and payment for park-sponsored events and programs, as well as online registration and payment for Parks and Recreation facility rentals.  Site users will also be on the front line of parks and recreation update and news.

Skatin' On the Square Reservations Open NOW

     After a rousing debut last year, the Second Annual Skatin' On the Square returns to downtown Hopkinsville December 12-15 for four days of holiday fun.  Over 1,000 people took to the "ice rink" (actually a synthetic surface that skates like ice) at Founders Square.  The event was so popular that we have added an additional day for skating!
     The 90-minute sessions cost $10, which includes skate rental. Sessions start at 9:00 am and skating closes around 10:00 pm each evening.
     Online advanced registration is encouraged due to the popularity of Skatin' On the Square.  If you have already registered for another Parks and Rec program online you simply need to click on the PROGRAMS tab and then on the session time you want to skate.  Or, CLICK HERE to see the list of times and make your reservation.  If you don't have a registration with us, click on the LOGIN button on the top right of this page to start an account.  It's simple.
     Skating groups of 5 or more need to call the Parks and Rec office to make reservations at 270-887-4290.  Ice space is limited so be sure to get your reservation in early.
     Skatin' On the Square is part of the big Hoptown holiday weekend, with the HES Christmas Parade taking center stage on Saturday, December 14 at 5:15 pm.  Skating will be closed during the parade until it concludes at 7 pm.
     Gather your school class for a day skating field trip.  Bring the church youth group (or adult group).  Bring your club or neighborhood friends.  Everyone's welcome to ring in the holiday season and join in the fun at Hoptown's Skatin' On the Square!  And, Merry Christmas!

Miss the Hoptown Half & 5K? Virtual Race Online Registration Open

     Did your schedule conflict with September's Inaugural Hoptown Half Marathon and 5K?  Or, you didn't learn about the new event until it was over?  No matter because you now have a chance to join the other 632 registrants and sign up as a "virtual runner" for either the Half or 5K!
     Keeping with the latest race trends around the country, you can still sign up, run the 13.1 mile half or 3.1 5K route in your local area and then send us the times.  You receive the beautiful race performance shirt, medal, and your own race bib number.  This virtual race offer is only available through the rest of November, so sign up now before we move on to registrations for the 2020 Hoptown Half & 5K (September 19, 2020).
     The fee for the Virtual Half Marathon is $79.  Entry for the Virtual 5K is $45.  And, you still get all the race goodies - shirt, medal and bib.  CLICK HERE to go straight to the event registration page on our website.  Remember, you'll need to create your account with Parks and Recreation if you don't already have one.
     So sign in, sign up, and knock out that Half Marathon or 5K.  Glad to have you part of the 2019 Hoptown Half & 5K, sponsored by Planters Bank and Jennie Stuart Health. 

2019 Hopkinsville Electric Christmas Parade

2019 Hopkinsville Electric Christmas Parade READ MORE .... for Float Rules and Entry form and READ MORE .... Non Float Rules and Entry Form.  For additional information call 270-887-4290 or Parks and Recreation Office, 2600 Thomas St.

2020 Pickleball at Parks & Recreation

2020 Pickleball at Parks & Recreation, READ MORE....

5th Annual Summer Salute Festival Vendor Registration

 We invite you to join thousands of visitors for the 5th Annual Summer Salute Festival in downtown Hopkinsville, Kentucky on August 28-29, 2020. If you would like to have a vendor or food/beverage booth at the 2020 Summer Salute Festival, act fast to secure your spot!  See below for registration information:
                                              Vendor Registration 
                                             Food/Beverage Registration 

2020 Save The Date 11TH Annual International Festival

Please SAVE THE DATE for the 11th Annual Hopkinsville International Festival, which will return March 27-28, 2020 at the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex Hopkinsville, 155 Tilley Way.

The I-Fest, which drew nearly 4,000 visitors during last year’s two-day event, has been rapidly expanding since the first version of the event in 2009. Over the years, it has evolved to include a larger venue and more variety. This event celebrates the vast cultural diversity found in Hoptown and our region, and educates citizens about a multitude of global traditions and history.  READ MORE....



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