Recreation & Parks

Oak Ridge Print Large Opens in new windowThe Oak Ridge Recreation & Parks Department maintains the City's trails and greenways, parks and playgrounds, Centennial Golf Course, as well as the Civic Center which includes the indoor pool and recreation facilities, Senior Center, and Scarboro Center. The City's Outdoor Pool, which is open from late May to mid-August, is also managed and maintained by Recreation & Parks. 

Visit the Recreation & Parks Department website to register for programs, classes, rentals, and events at

Civic Center Renovations

The Oak Ridge Civic Center is undergoing renovations to transform part of the building into a 10,834-square-foot conference center.

Work is underway right now and will continue into 2024. During the renovations, the following parts of the Civic Center will be closed: 

  • A/B Room, Club Room, and Craft Room
  • East Wing restrooms (the restrooms adjacent to the gym will remain open)
    • An accessible portable restroom has been placed near the entrance to the gym and accessible restrooms are available in the Senior Center and Library during their operating hours.
  • East wing past the restrooms across from the indoor pool

A section of the walking trail in A.K. Bissell Park behind the Civic Center has been rerouted for construction. 

The Shep Lauter Room Gym, the indoor pool, locker rooms, Social Room, and Game Room will remain open. 

As a part of the project, a sprinkler system will be installed in the entire Civic Center facility. The Civic Center’s recreational spaces like the pool and gym will remain at the facility.

If you have any questions about the availability at the Civic Center, please call the Civic Center front desk at (865) 425-3450. 

Learn more about the Proposed Oak Ridge Conference Center