Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Department

Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Department TeamMeridian Street Aquatic Center

About the Department

The Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Board was permanently established in 1914. What is now called Morrison Park was deeded to the city in 1914. Morrison Park was named in honor of Laura Ray Morrison for her tireless efforts in making the first park usable and for her civic dedication. Since that time, many parks have been given to the Parks Department.

In the late 1920’s Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy donated ten acres to the city for its second city park. After a number of civic organizations worked at maintaining Kennedy Park, responsibility for the park was given to the Parks and Recreation Department in 1935. The third major park in Shelbyville was established in 1955 at what is now called Sunset Park. Porter Pool is another example of a facility established through community support. Built in 1929, the pool was a result of a donation by Mr. and Mrs. Enos Porter and a fund drive y the American Legion. Porter Pool was dedicated and opened in 1930. Responsibilities of supervision and maintenance for the pool transferred hands in 1955 from the American Legion to the Parks and Recreation Department. Porter Pool has since closed and has now houses the Chamber of Commerce. We now have a new pool called the Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center and it was opened in 1999.

The Department provides recreation services, sport and leagues, tourneys, and special events within the city’s corporate limits and allows those who do live on the perimeter of the corporate limits to participate in the programs. Some of our different recreation services offered are Preschool, Summer Day Camp, Swim Lessons, ZUMBA, Water Aerobics, Lap Swim, Teddy Bear Tumblers, and Lifeguarding Class. Special Events are Movies In The Park in the summertime starting in June and ending in August, Community Day at the pool, Doggie Day at the pool, Halloween Fun Festival in October, Community Garage Sale in November and May, Gingerbread House, Breakfast with Santa, Daddy/Daughter, Mother/Son, and the Easter Egg Hunt. Then our Sports and Leagues, we have Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s and Coed softball, Coed Kickball, Shelby County Girls Softball, we have approximately 20 girls and men’s softball tournaments each summer. We also have a Basketball Clinic every year in January, and in the summer we offer Tennis Camps for youths and Hook a Kid on Golf. free to contact us.

Director: Karen Martin
Recreation Director:Trisha Tackett
Sports Director: Amy Wisker
Maintenance: Terry Pierce
Maintenance: Dennis Blunk
Maintenance: Gary Leffler
Maintenance: Allan Karnes
Janitor: Matt Thomas
Evening Caretaker: Ron Vinson
Weekend Caretaker: Kris Martin
Admin. Assistant: Jill Camp
Admin. Assistant: Wendy Wise