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Parks department working to fix lighting issues at Blue River Memorial Park

The Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department is talking with Duke Energy to deal with lighting issues at Blue River Memorial Park.

“There are so many (lights) out and it’s an issue now,” said Parks Department Director Trisha Tackett at Wednesday’s parks board meeting.

A deal with Duke Energy also could include lighting issues along Lee Boulevard leading to Blue River Memorial Park.

The city’s largest park includes soccer and softball fields, a cross country course, splash pad, playground and large shelter house. It also includes the parks department’s newest amenity — pickleball courts (photo).

Shade structures at the courts will soon be installed, according to Tackett. She expects to have a public ribbon-cutting ceremony once the facility is completed.

Registration for pickleball leagues has been steady since it’s announcement with limited spots still available. There will be a pickleball tournament at the facility in late June.

Other upcoming parks department events include:

  • Easter Egg Hunt March 30 at Kennedy Park
  • Total solar eclipse viewing April 8 at Blue River Memorial Park
  • Community Garage Sale May 4 at the parks department gymnasium
  • Highland Games May 18 at the Shelby County Fairgrounds 

Registration continues for adult and youth softball leagues. Adult softball leagues start in April.

The parks department is planning to renovate the concession stand at Sunrise Park.

“The concession stand is old and dated and doesn’t accommodate our needs,” said Tackett.

Water structures at the splash pad will get painted prior to opening. The parks department also is looking to replace non-working water units.

There are still summer employment opportunities available. For more information on jobs, programs or leagues, contact a parks department representative at 317-392-5128.

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