Harvey Nelson was mayor of Shelby back in 1970 when the new, indoor Shelby Swimming Pool first opened its doors to the public. Alderman (City Council) Walter E. Mundt, Lloyd E. Stinebaugh, Donald F. Fischer, Ray P. Kincreloe, J. Marvin Cox and Robert L. Fyall ultimately made the big decision to move forward with the construction of an indoor pool during the months prior, creating a wading pool where the original outdoor pool once was with the general contractor being Swank Enterprises. Shelby’s was the first, and only, indoor pool in the area with intentions of the facility being available year-round.
The dream of the facility being available year round has never become reality due to the cost and maintenance of keeping the pool operating throughout the winter months, but the option remains and the pool has continued to serve and entertain many for half a century.
Over the past 50 years some upgrades and additions have been made, the diving boards and slide were removed years ago and recently a climbing wall has been added. The wading pool morphed into the fun, entertaining Splash Park that is enjoyed by many for free throughout the summer and over the past year or so vast improvements to the indoor facility have taken place.
“The two biggest improvements have to be the new stainless steel gutter and the ventilation system put in by Rec Supply and All Season Heating and Air Conditioning,” said City Superintendent Luis Correa. “The circulation of water has improved 100 percent and the air exchange in the pool area changes four times an hour. Last year we installed UV treatment in both the splash park and the pool. Also, last fall American Roofing replaced the roof and repaired the stucco around the building. I have worked here for 11 years and these are the first real improvements, besides yearly painting.”
The improvements are definitely noticeable and have paid off. The water is clearer, the smell of chemicals is not nearly as harsh and things are looking great!
The Shelby Swimming Pool officially opened its doors for the season on Monday, June 8, and attendance has been increasing as the summer heat slowly moves in. The City of Shelby is excited about the recent upgrades and hopes that more will utilize the facility throughout the summer months.
Monthly pool passes are available and can be purchased at the pool. Open swim is available seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The Splash Park is available seven days a week as well, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
To schedule a party, for information on swim lessons or for any other questions, please feel free to contact the pool at (406) 434-5311.