Splish-splash in Shelby County

The dog days of August may be upon us, but the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks department knows how to keep things cool. The Clear Creek Family Activity Center (FAC), located in Shelbyville/Shelby County’s original and oldest park, offers 130 acres of summertime fun, including swimming, splashing and water-sliding.

The FAC’s large outdoor pool is just the place to gather on a steamy summer day. Anchored by a twisting water slide and mushroom water fountain, the swimming pool stretches out in three directions where it is surrounded by decking lined with lounge chairs and large striped umbrellas.

Located just steps away from the FAC, the swimming pool is encircled by trees and overlooks two playgrounds. Pack beach towels, floats, snacks or a picnic, grab a table or lounge chairs and enjoy the day in one of the county’s most scenic parks.

When the leaves start turning, the fun simply moves indoors. The FAC has an indoor lap pool with diving board and indoor baby pool with frog slide and water features. Families celebrating a special occasion can book the party room next to the indoor pool. Through Shelby County Parks, water babies can sign up for private and group swim lessons, the Infant Swim and Rescue (ISR) program and water aerobics fitness classes. Info: 502-633-5059.

Clear Creek Park named after Clear Creek, which runs through parts of the park and creates Lake Shelby, 20 acres of pristine waters stocked with a variety of fish, including bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish. Water fun continues here with canoeing, kayaking and fishing. And, on the third Friday of the month (May-September), Lake Shelby hosts a fish fry. Open to the public, this lakeside fry includes cod fish, coleslaw, hush puppies and potato wedges, plus ice cream for dessert. The next one is Friday, Sept. 15. Info: 502-633-5069.

 

NOTE: The FAC is unveiling Phase III of Shelby County’s award-winning fully accessible Little Heroes Playground this week. Made with 100 percent artificial turf that is completely ADA-accessible for wheelchairs or other mobility devices, the playground features several ADA-specific pieces of equipment, including swings, an audio panel with wildlife sounds and Braille language board. Extra wide ramps throughout ensure two wheelchairs can pass at once. Climbing nets, 18-foot enclosed slides and climbing bars add to the fun.