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Doggie Day at city pool is Sunday

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

After this weekend, the city pool pulls the plug for the season.

The Meridian Street Family Aquatic Center, 101 McKinley St., will be open for swimming from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Doggie Day at the pool is 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For the popular annual event, pet owners may bring their dogs to swim in the pool.

Next week, the Shelbyville Parks Department will being shutting the pool down and getting ready for maintenance.

The surface of the floor of the pool is wearing out, said Terry Pierce, maintenance supervisor for the city parks.

“There are other spots on the deep end where the Diamond Brite is coming up,” he told the parks Board of Directors.

Also, the shower floor has some issues and there’s a roof leak, Pierce said.

Karen Martin, director of the parks department, told the board late Wednesday afternoon there’s more.

“I’m going to add on to the pool repairs a little bit,” she said, adding that some excavating needs to be done under the slide and the locker room needs painted.

Pierce reminded her that the heater needs work, and Martin said that will be done next year.

The splashpad at Blue River Memorial Park has been working but the drain needs to be rerouted, she said.

Meanwhile, the effort to create a “bark park” for dogs has been delayed.

A group from Leadership Shelby County, a program run by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to develop community leaders, has been working with the parks department to develop the dog park as its project for LSC.

The site originally chosen on River Road at the intersection with Tompkins Street is not available. Due to some past environmental issues, the state has not cleared the location for use.

So now they’re looking for a new site.

“With relocation, what we’re doing there, I’ve given the Leadership group a criteria sheet,” Martin said.

Among the elements are the size of the site, buffering and landscaping for the sake of neighbors, available parking, and it should be close to the new Blue River Trail, she said.

People would have to pay an annual fee of about $30 to take their dogs to the bark park, said Martin.

“The reason is, you have to show they’ve had their shots,” she said, plus other safety items.

Users would get a key fob to enter the bark park, Martin added, which eliminates some sites such as Sunset Park which floods; water would short out an electronic lock, she said.

So far the bark park Leadership group has raised more than $10,000, and members are due to be at the Doggie Day event at the pool Sunday, said Martin.

The cost is $7 per dog to swim in the pool; owners get in free.