Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation

Red, White, and Oooh! 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza

FIRST BOOM at 9:15 pm on Sunday, July 4 at Ruff Park.  Fireworks Extravaganza is back and even bigger!  Come on out at 6 pm and bring the family for fun activities like bouncers, balloon art, face painting, dunking booth, field games and more!  Experience a live show by patriotic musical artist Eric Horner, and then stick around for the incredible fireworks show at 9:15 pm!  Don’t miss the fireworks event of the summer!  An expanded full evening of family fun is scheduled with  food trucks, activities and music included in this year’s Independence Day celebration, sponsored by Hillcrest Baptist Church, WKDZ and WHVO radio stations.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out on the Ruff Park lawn.  Limited picnic table seating is available under the pavilion for the concert.

 

 

Hoptown Hose Down: DeBow Recreational Complex

The Hopkinsville Fire/EMS Department and Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to help the community cool down this June!
The 3rd Annual Hoptown Hose Down partnership makes its way to DeBow Recreational Complex on Thursday, June 30.Traveling to five different parks all across Hopkinsville, each hose down event begins at 1 pm!
Use of the extra truck and personnel from the Fire Department will not take away from any regular services provided or emergencies responded to by HFD/EMS.
Parks employees on site will be facilitating the mobile spray parks.
There is no cost for children and families to enjoy the Hoptown Hose Down experience.
Visit the official Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page for daily updates on the Hoptown Hose Down tour. You can also call the Parks and Recreation
Office at 270-887-4290 for additional details, and can find a complete list of Parks events at www.HoptownRec.com.

Hoptown Hose Down: Joe Mumford Park

The Hopkinsville Fire/EMS Department and Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to help the community cool down this June!
The 3rd Annual Hoptown Hose Down partnership makes its way to Joe Mumford Park on Tuesday, June 28.
Traveling to five different parks all across Hopkinsville, each hose down event begins at 1 pm!
Use of the extra truck and personnel from the Fire Department will not take away from any regular services provided or emergencies responded to by HFD/EMS.
Parks employees on-site will be facilitating the mobile spray parks.
There is no cost for children and families to enjoy the Hoptown Hose Down experience.
Visit the official Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page for daily updates on the Hoptown Hose Down tour. You can also call the Parks and Recreation
Office at 270-887-4290 for additional details, and can find a complete list of Parks events at www.HoptownRec.com

Hoptown Hose Down: DeBow Recreational Complex

The Hopkinsville Fire/EMS Department and Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to help the community cool down this June!
The 3rd Annual Hoptown Hose Down partnership makes its way to DeBow Recreational Complex on Tuesday, June 21. Traveling to five different parks all across Hopkinsville, each hose down event begins at 1 pm!
Use of the extra truck and personnel from the Fire Department will not take away from any regular services provided or emergencies responded to by HFD/EMS.
Parks employees on-site will be facilitating the mobile spray parks.
There is no cost for children and families to enjoy the Hoptown Hose Down experience.
Visit the official Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page for daily updates on the Hoptown Hose Down tour. You can also call the Parks and Recreation
Office at 270-887-4290 for additional details, and can find a complete list of Parks events at www.HoptownRec.com

Hoptown Hose Down: Joe Mumford Park

The Hopkinsville Fire/EMS Department and Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to help the community cool down this June!
The 3rd Annual Hoptown Hose Down partnership makes its way to Joe Mumford Park on Thursday, June 16.
Traveling to five different parks all across Hopkinsville, each hose down event begins at 1 pm!
Use of the extra truck and personnel from the Fire Department will not take away from any regular services provided or emergencies responded to by HFD/EMS.
Parks employees on-site will be facilitating the mobile spray parks.
There is no cost for children and families to enjoy the Hoptown Hose Down experience.
Visit the official Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page for daily updates on the Hoptown Hose Down tour. You can also call the Parks and Recreation
Office at 270-887-4290 for additional details, and can find a complete list of Parks events at www.HoptownRec.com

4th Annual Squealin’ on the Square

The 4th Annual Squealin’ on the Square combines this summer’s heat with the sweet taste of BBQ!
Squealin’ on the Square also kicks off the Sounds at Six series for 2022! Downtown Hopkinsville will be serenaded with the sweet tunes of The Band Entice.
The Band Entice will be taking the Founders Square stage from 6-10 pm!
Come prepared to be “swined and dined” when pork ribs, pork chops and chicken take center stage for this event, sponsored by Huhtamaki.
Squealin’ on the Square will feature up to 10 teams battling for the coveted trophy and $250 cash prize!
The five-person teams (one head chef and up to four assistants) will cook BBq throughout the day to get ready for judges to sample portions from each team before determining the winner in each of the three categories: chicken, ribs and chops.
The public gets in on the eats from 6-9 pm when teams with a valid permit have the opportunity to sell their prepared items.
Spots are available for teams to enter the BBQ competition. Visit www.hoptownrec.com to register or call 270-887-4290 for more information.

6th Annual Hopkinsville Touch-A-Truck

The Hopkinsville Touch-A-Truck is moving back to it’s original season! Trucks, cars, trailers, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, tractors and Air Evac Helicopter and more will be on full display May 14th at DeBow Recreation Complex!
Kids will get to climb in/on, flash the lights, honk the horns and take photos with all the vehicles present.
More information will be added to this event soon.

19th Annual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot Virtual 5K

Typically billed as Hoptown’s largest holiday social gathering, the 19th Annual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot 5K is going virtual in 2020.
In light of the pandemic and statewide recommendations regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, the popular fun run/walk will not officially be held, as it traditionally is, on Thanksgiving Day. In recent years, the Turkey Trot has drawn well over 1,000 people downtown.
By going virtual this year, the Trot will still allow participants to register and purchase an official Turkey Trot shirt, but the non-competitive, non-timed event will be completed on the respective terms of all involved. Virtual races allow runners/walkers to complete the 5K (3.1 miles) at any location, at any time.
Whether a jog on the home or gym treadmill, brisk walk on the neighborhood sidewalks or even a regular family outing on Thanksgiving morning on the Rail Trail, the Virtual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot will allow Trotters to complete the 5K in a safe fashion, and at their own pace.
No matter how participants enjoy the Trot, the use of masks and social distancing is heavily recommended.
“It’s becoming a common theme in 2020 for our popular local events to take on a slightly different look, so we are pleased to be able to offer a virtual version of the Turkey Trot this year,” said Hopkinsville Parks & Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “We hope families and friends will still find safe ways to get together and stay fit this Thanksgiving, using the Trot to as a way to remain active while having an enjoyable time.”
Instead of the traditional Turkey Trot course, participants who wish to complete the run/walk downtown may use a Parks & Recreation-approved route. Visit https://tinyurl.com/2020TurkeyTrotVirtual to access a provided map. For safety purposes, this specific route is 100 percent on the Hopkinsville Greenway System Rail Trail. However, as a reminder, no Parks and Recreation officials will be overseeing the event this year.
Participants must register, using HoptownRec.com, to purchase the long-sleeve Turkey Trot shirt, which will be limited in supply. The shirt purchase deadline is noon on Monday, Nov. 16. Anticipated pick-up date for the shirts is Monday, Nov. 23.
Additionally, the Hopkinsville Turkey Trot joins forces with the Christmas 5K Light Run (Clarksville) and Ugly Sweater Run (Fort Campbell) again this year in the Second Annual Tri-Cities Holiday Series, encouraging people from around the region to stay fit.
For more information on, or to sponsor the Hopkinsville Turkey Trot, call 270-887-4290 or check out details and updates on the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

2020 Movies in the Park : Sonic the Hedgehog

**NEW DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH**

Thanks to sponsors United Southern Bank, WHOP Hopkinsville, KY 98.7 and 95.3 FM and 1230 AM and Lite Rock 98.7 WHOP FM, the Movies in the Park summer series is back and remains free in 2020! It’s another incredible lineup this year, including Sonic the Hedgehog on Friday, August 28 at Ruff Park, located at 735 North Drive in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The movie will start at approximately 8:00 p.m.

ALL movies in 2020 will be drive-in, meaning families can remain in/on/next to their car during the movie. There will also be socially-distanced, marked spots in the grass for sitting. Loud speakers AND radio tuners will be available for audio. Restrooms will be able for use, but there is no congregating or group solicitation allowed.

Free Beginners Youth Tennis Camp

Do you know a beginner youth tennis player who wants to learn the game at a fun, manageable level? Sign them up for a FREE Beginners Youth Tennis Camp at Thomas Street Recreation Center!

Scheduled for 11:30am-12:30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from Aug. 3-14, this USTA-funded opportunity will be taught by the Pennyrile Area Tennis Association (PATA) and is only open to the first TWELVE (12) participants to register. Take advantage of this smaller racquet, smaller ball and smaller court, as the youth participants learn the game of tennis the right way. Call 270-887-4290 to sign up.

CAMP SCHEDULE (all at 2600 Thomas Street in Hopkinsville):
Monday, Aug. 3, 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 11:30am-12:30pm
Friday, Aug. 7, 11:30am-12:30pm
Monday, Aug. 10, 11:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 11:30am-12:30pm
Friday, Aug. 14, 11:30am-12:30pm