Parks & Recreation

Mike Beasley is our parks director.  He and his staff work tirelessly to beautify our fair city. We have just added a new walking trail at the park on Como Rd and have more plans for additional recreational activities in the very near future.  Have a fun filled day at the park ; fishing, playing ball, enjoying the playground and using one of our pavilions to picnic in.  We appreciate the efforts of our park staff as well as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. 

They include:

  • City Park
  • Mulberry Park
  • Downtown Veterans Memorial Park
  • Hillcrest Park

Click on the above links to learn more about each park.

Mike Beasley, Director            
731-415-7887 (cell)  
mike.beasley@cityofmckenzie.com

McKenzie's primary recreational park is located at   570 Como Street. City Park features a new walking trail, baseball, softball and soccer fields, playground, a piered fishing hole (home to a family of ducks), and "the Barn": a pavilion which is the site of many birthday parties, family gatherings and social events. To reserve "the Barn" for your special occasion, call City Hall at 731-352-2292 or go to the website link.

Several events take place at City Park each year. The Festival of Freedom, held on or near the 4th of July each year, attracts a huge crowd, with cars lined up for miles to watch the fireworks extravaganza. Earlier in the day you may find Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin or Uncle Sam strolling the grounds while bands play and the crowd enjoys the ice cream contest, watermelon, grilled burgers, and all other types of picnic fare in anticipation of the main event.

There are two new small pavilions that do not require a reservation. The pond is stocked with catfish, brim, and bass. TWRA stocks trout during the winter months. Two duck feeders have been installed around the pond to promote the health of the baby ducks.


Located on Mulberry Street near the VynAll plant (the old "Pajama Factory"), the city's Public Works facilities (the old National Guard Armory) and historic Webb School, Mulberry Park has an illustrious history as well. Many middle-aged citizens and baby boomers recall games played on the fields that were the city's main sports region prior to the founding of City Park.

Mulberry Park sports two lighted ball fields, a playground, an outdoor basketball court, and a walking trail.

McKenzie's Parks and Recreation Advisory Council welcomes new ideas for all the city's sports and recreation facilities. Contact them with your ideas.

Named for the memorials that pay tribute to soldiers of Carroll County, the park, located in the central square downtown, is a place of beauty, with towering trees and peaceful park benches situated beneath old-style lamp posts amid flowers and greenery.

A central gazebo now graces the park where once a fountain stood, back when older gentlemen of the town sat and whittled, the cedar shavings from their efforts perfuming the air.

A little beauty goes a long way during busy days. Hillcrest Park, formerly Triangle Park, may be small but it is a welcome sight to drivers, pedestrians and residents of Main Street.

Located at North Main Street and Triangle Circle, the triangular plot of ground named Hillcrest Park was given by Mrs. H.V. Grenade, and named by Mrs. Ada Collier.

On the 13th Anniversary of the McKenzie Garden Club, on March 9, 1940, a tulip tree (the Tennessee State Tree) was planted in Hillcrest Park in memory of Mrs. Collier. The original "McKenzie Garden Club" was later divided into two clubs in January 1952 due to the large membership, thus forming the "Morning Glory Garden Club."

Ref: by Mrs. R.E. (Jenks) Steele (Elizabeth), p.462, © 1986, History of Carroll County, Carroll County '86 Tennessee Homecoming Committee, Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, KY

Located near scenic Carroll Lake is Carroll Lake Golf Course, an 18 hole course.

Clubs are available and lessons are offered during scheduled times.   


Located on the campus of Bethel University, Gaines Pool is a Junior Olympic sized, indoor pool. The facility is maintained by Bethel University, is open almost year round and is accessible to the public. Additionally, arrangements can be made to reserve the pool for birthday parties or other special events. Swimming lessons are available each summer.

Carroll Lake, located minutes from McKenzie city limits, offers excellent fishing and picnic facilities. 


The new 1000-acre lake opened in June 2013 and promises a wide range of water sports, fishing, boating, and nature-oriented activities. This lake is located in Carroll County, just outside the county seat of Huntingdon, Tennessee.

Cotton Trail, Antique Trail, and Civil War Trail