Shelbyville Parks and Recreation

An important facet in the community of Shelbyville, Indiana is its parks and recreation program. This typical small, Midwestern town in Indiana, located just southeast of Indianapolis along the I-74 freeway, boasts more than enough green spaces and athletic fields for their burgeoning hamlet. Take a look at this list of Shelbyville parks and recreation centers, and see for yourself just how much small town living can offer:

Blue River Park – This park now encompasses about ten acres, mostly of well lit athletic fields with new concession stands, parking and restrooms. There are plans in the works to expand the park to some 180 acres east and south.
Kennedy Park – Comprised of a fishing spot, a lighted softball field, shuffleboard courts, two tennis courts and a basketball court, it also offers shelter, restrooms and a picnic area with grills. Another nice feature of this ten-acre space is its walking bridge that spans the Little Blue River.
Pioneer Park – Shelbyville is big on community. This park is four acres containing plots for rent to residents, so they can grow the garden of their dreams.
Sunset Park – This well established park is 16 acres, and though it was created in 1951, it was recently renovated. Visitors to Sunset Park enjoy its lovely setting of huge, well cared for lawns among established hardwood trees. The park has two buildings for shelter, restrooms, two playgrounds, shuffleboard courts, picnic tables with grills, fishing and boating access and a half-mile trail.
Sunrise Park – Like its partner, Sunset Park, Sunrise park has a sweeping, restful atmosphere, with its mature hardwoods all throughout the sprawling lawns. Both parks were created at approximately the same time. Sunrise Park includes a concession building, shuffleboard and basketball courts, three softball fields, a playground, picnic tables with grills and restrooms.
Clearwick Park – This park contains eight grassy acres surrounded by tall trees, two playgrounds, restrooms, picnic tables with grills, a shelter and some volleyball courts.
Morrison Park – This park dates all the way back to 1909 and includes tennis and shuffleboard courts, two playgrounds, horseshoe pits, two shelter areas, a maintenance shop and restrooms, covering about twelve acres of parkland.
Roger Shaw Memorial Park – This rustic green space contains natural woods, wonderful fishing on the Big Blue River, camping and mountain bike trails in over twenty acres of beauty.
Meridian Park Family Aquatic Center – This center is the community pool, situated on ten acres of park space with lots of amenities, such as water slides, fountains, concessions, outdoor lighting and locker rooms. A great place to bring Indianapolis kids.
Carl McNeely Civic Center – Most Shelbyville parks and recreation activities occur right here in the Civic Center. It contains two large multi-purpose activities rooms, a gym and a conference room, and is where the community gathers for kids’ programs, birthday parties, adult volleyball and Shelbyville summer camp programs.
Porter Center – Originally, this center was called Porter Pool. In 2004, it was remade into something of a cultural and meeting center for Shelbyville and the many small towns that make up Shelby County. This facility has earned a listing in the Registry of National Historical Landmarks.

The community of Shelbyville also has a great pre-school program for the little ones, as well as tons of programs for kids of all ages. Among them are: Summer day camps, adult tennis clinics, water aerobics, Spanish classes, theater, walking and running programs, the Bears of Blue River Festival, the Kiddie Carnival at the Carl McNeely Civic Center, Skyhawks Sport Camps, tennis camps, swimming lessons, beach volleyball and a volleyball clinic.