PADUCAH, KY (NEWS FIRST) – The City of Paducah is inviting the community to celebrate the reopening of the Robert Cherry Civic Center. The ribbon cutting ceremony for this facility located at 2701 Park Avenue will be Monday, February 26 at 2:30 p.m.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will include a short program, light refreshments, and an opportunity for those in attendance to see inside the updated facility. Requests for facility reservations for dates of April 8, 2024, and later will be accepted beginning March 4.

The facility offers a lobby, restrooms, a catering kitchen, and large open meeting space that can seat up to 256 people depending upon the table configuration. The building is accessible with designated accessible parking spaces.

The Robert Cherry Civic Center closed to the public in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time, the City completed a feasibility study on the building, met with stakeholders to gather input on community civic center needs, and worked to redesign the building. The collision of a truck into the building in September 2022 caused the construction documents to be reworked to account for the structural damage.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding received by the City of Paducah is covering a majority of the renovation costs.

The building is dedicated to Robert C. Cherry who served three terms as mayor of Paducah: 1952-1955, 1960-1963, and 1968-1971.