Fort Payne takes great pride in its beautiful parks and superb recreation facilities.  On sunny afternoons and cool evenings our parks are teeming with families playing and people enjoying the walking trails.  Squeals of delight can be heard around town as children enjoy the numerous playgrounds.  From City Park, our oldest, to the Alabama Walking Park, our newest, there is something that will delight everyone

Our well maintained Sports Complex is home to junior baseball, softball, and soccer, as well as adult leagues in both soccer and softball.  The Will’s Valley Recreation Center is state-of-the-art, and is home to various basketball and racquetball leagues, group fitness and martial arts classes, and fitness equipment.

Our Parks and Recreation Department received the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association Agency of the Year in 2014.

For more information, we can be reached at:
Fort Payne Parks and Recreation
4220 Godfrey Avenue NE
Fort Payne AL 35967

As COVID-19 continues to evolve and change the way we go about everyday life, the City of Fort Payne and the Parks and Recreation Department has been faced with making tough decisions about an uncertain future.

There are many moving pieces that work to make pools and the splash pad safe places for users each year, and adding a global pandemic to the mix created an extremely difficult path to navigate. After much discussion on the current guidelines, staffing requirements, and requirements to safely operate we have made the following decisions on our aquatic facilities:

  • City Pool will remain closed for the season.
  • DeSoto Golf Course Pool will open Monday June 29th.  Operating hours will be Monday – Saturday 1pm -6pm.  Capacity restrictions are 25.  Everyone will sign in and out in the Pro Shop.
  • Splash Pad – opening date TBA. Opening date and operating hours will be based on current CDC guidelines, Alabama Department of Public Health orders, and our area COVID 19 numbers. When we do open, expect capacity restrictions as well as other modifications and restrictions.

The following has also come from many discussions and is in accordance with the latest order from Governor Ivy, the Alabama Department of Public Health and area COVID 19 trends/numbers.

Wills Valley Recreation Center – Open with restrictions. Group Fitness Classes, Track, Cardio Room and Weight Room are open with 50% capacity. The following areas remain closed until further notice – locker rooms, basketball court, racquetball court, ta kwon does, and tot watch/romper room.

DeSoto Golf Course & Grill – Golf Course is Open.   Grill opening is TBD.

Athletics – Fields are available for team practices. Teams must complete a rental agreement. Fall leagues will be announced. For more information contact Chris Saint – 256/558-0360

Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces – Parks are open.  Kiwanis Field is Open. Hawkins Spring Park and Skate Park are closed for repair.

Pavilion Reservations- We are currently accepting reservations for picnic pavilions at: Rotary Pavilion, City Park, Spring Grove and Douglas.   Reservations are not required, but do take precedence at these locations. Reservations can be made at Wills Valley Recreation Center.   If you reserve a pavilion, you are responsible for ensuring all park rules, CDC guidelines and ADPH orders are followed. Reservations require a $100 refundable deposit.

This is certainly a fluid situation, and we appreciate your readiness for adjustment. We will announce any changes to our operations, hours, programs and/or athletics via social media – Please follow us on Facebook. Adjustments may be made as deemed by Alabama Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Admissions:Daily: $3.00 per Person
If you will be frequenting the pool often, you may purchase a Pool Pass – download and fill out this form.


The Fort Payne City Swimming Pool is also Home to the Fort Payne Parks and Recreation Department Swim Team appropriately named the Fort Payne Aquacats. The Aquacats practice at the Pool Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Municipal Pool

Due to the unusal circumstances with COVID 19 pandemic, City Pool will NOT open in 2020.  We look forward to opening next year.

The Fort Payne City Pool is an Olympic sized pool that features an “L-Shape” with approximately 195,000 gallons of water. The Pool has a 3 Meter High Dive and a 1 Meter Board. The Pool House is complete with restrooms and showers.

The Pool is open daily through the summer:

Monday-Friday: 12 Noon  – 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm


Fort Payne City Pool
500 Rucker St. N.E.
Fort Payne, Alabama

Pool Parties:

Pool parties may be scheduled through the Parks and Recreation Department by calling the main office at (256)844-6571. Pool Parties are scheduled Monday – Saturday from 6 – 8 p.m. Pool rent is $ 150 for the two hours.

Splash Pad

Located in the Alabama Walking Park, 5th Street SW behind the Depot Museum.
Contact: Parks and Recreation (256) 844-6571

Hours: Currently CLOSED due to COVID 19 


  • All children ages 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • All persons using the splash pad do so at their own risk
  • No running or rough play allowed
  • Swim diapers must be worn at all times by infants and untrained persons.
  • No food, drink, or glass containers on the splash pad area
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, and bikes are not permitted
  • Do not use splash pad during severe weather conditions such as electrical storms or tornadoes
  • No electrical appliances within 10 feet of the splash pad
  • Do not cover water fixtures or drains
  • Those with health problems such as:; diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, infections or open wounds are not allowed on splash pad.
  • Do not climb or hang on equipment or fencing.
  • Any person violating these instructions or rules may be evicted from the park.
  • Splash pad may be closed at any time due to maintenance or other concerns.
  • Maximum capacity 75.

Desoto Golf Course

Desoto Golf Course is a public course with memberships or daily rates available.   It is a 9-hole regulation length golf course and this short layout will reward good shots and provide a fun golf outing for everyone.  The terrain is rolling with a lake that comes into play.  It features 3,007 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.    There’s an additional set of men’s tees when playing an eighteen hole round.

The DeSoto Golf Course also features a beautiful banquet hall that is available for rental and an outdoor pool.

For more information:
Desoto Golf Course
502 Crystal Lake Drive
Fort Payne, Alabama
(256) 845-2571

Sports Complex

The Sports Complex is a 27 Acre facility which features 3 Championship Softball Fields , 3 Dixie Youth Baseball Fields  and 3 Championship Soccer Fields.

The Sports Complex has played host to many local, district, state, and national tournaments. The Sports Complex Staff is proud of the facilities and dedicated to providing a quality tournament experience for the teams, players, coaches, fans and other sports enthusiast. For tournament information call the Fort Payne Sports Complex at (256) 845–5120 .

For more information:
The Fort Payne Sports Complex
4501 Gault Avenue North / 45th Street
Fort Payne, Alabama
(256) 845-5120

Wills Valley Recreation Center

Fort Payne is very fortunate to have one of the state’s finest indoor recreation facilities. In 2001, it was named “Best new Recreation Center in Alabama,” and it’s quality has continued thanks to the hard work of the Parks & Recreation Department employees, and of course the members and users of the facility.

In addition to being used by individuals, “The Rec” is used for Rec League sports, various adult leagues, city assemblies (the basketball area can accommodate 2,000 people) and for indoor P.E. for the students at the adjacent school Wills Valley Elementary.

Due to COVID 19 and ADPH orders – as of May 13th – WVRC will be open with restrictions.  The following areas will remain CLOSED in accordance with ADPH – tot watch/romper room, basketball & racquetball courts, ta kwon do classes, locker rooms (including showers, sauna/steam room) , water fountains and self serve water stations. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday:
5 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 5 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

For more information please contact:
The Wills Valley Recreation Center
4220 Godfrey Avenue N.E.
Fort Payne, Alabama 35967
(256) 844-6571