The Noble Park Pool, located at Bob Noble Park, is open Tuesday through Sunday beginning Saturday, May 23. The pool will close for the season on Sunday, August 9. We will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) and Independence Day (Saturday, July 4) for regularly scheduled operational hours.
Reminder: The KY State Department of Health regulates filtration for swim areas with and without swim diaper use. Our facility rules regarding swim diaper use are based on regulations set by the Department of Health. The pool area does not permit the use of swim diapers, therefore swimmers must be completely potty trained to be in the pool. Swimmers who are not completely potty trained must wear swim diapers and are only permitted to use the spray pad area.
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00pm
Lap Swim Only (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday): 5:00 - 6:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday: Noon - 4:30pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 4:30pm
The Noble Park Pool features a double slide and double diving board. It also has an accessible pool lift. Children must be completely potty trained to swim in the pool. A spray pad for younger children is available and requires the use of swim diapers for children who are not completely potty trained. See below for Noble Park Pool and Spray Pad Rules and Regulations.
Season Passes are available for $50 each or $125 for 3 passes. Season passes can be purchased at the Paducah Parks and Recreation Office located at 1400 HC Mathis Drive beginning April 1 or at the Noble Park Pool on or after opening day during normal operating hours. To avoid waiting in line at the pool, we recommend buying your season passes at the Parks & Recreation Office before opening day.
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In addition to the fun of swimming lessons or just playing in the water with your friends, the Parks & Recreation Department offers pool-related events such the Paducah Regatta. For more information, call the office at 270-444-8508.
The Noble Park Pool is available for reservation for $200 per hour (the fee includes lifeguards and staff). Reservations can be made beginning April 1, 2019 at the Parks & Recreation Office (1400 HC Mathis Drive). Reservations are available on Saturday and Sunday nights during the pool season after the pool has closed to the public in full hour or half hour increments. Hours available for reservation are:
Pool reservations must start at either 5:30pm or 6:00pm. The pool is closed to the public during your party. You may bring in food and drink of your choice (NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED). All private parties must adhere to pool rules and regulations. Contact Parks & Recreation Office at 270-444-8508 for more information and to reserve the pool.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers several levels and sessions of swimming lessons. Registration for swim lessons is available beginning April 1, 2020. The classes are two-week sessions held Tuesday through Thursday. If any day is cancelled due to weather, they will be made up on Fridays. More information can be found here.
To help determine what level a child should be enrolled in, ask yourself "can my child perform all of the skills listed in this class?" If the answer is yes, then enroll your child in the next level. If the answer is no, then your child needs to be registered in that specific class. Remember, when assessing your child's abilities, mastery of those specific skills is needed to promote to the next level. Some students need to take a level more than once to master the skills taught and be ready for the next level.
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Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills for kids ages 4+. Introduce basic aquatic skills, which participants continue to build on as they progress through Swimming Lessons. Participants start developing positive attitudes, effective swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water. Children MUST be completely potty trained to enter the pool. Swim Diapers are prohibited in the pool per state health regulations.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills for kids ages 5+. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Participants learn to glide and float without support and recover to a vertical position. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, laying the foundation for future strokes. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced.
Level 3: Stroke Development for kids ages 5+. The goals are to expand proficiency of previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. Participants learn and practice survival floating and learn to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. You introduce the scissors and dolphin kicks and extend the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside. New and previously addressed water safety topics are included. Participants who successfully complete Level 3 have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.
Level 4: Stoke Improvement for kids ages 5+. Participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming the strokes learned in Level 3 (i.e., front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances and with more advanced proficiency. Participants add arm actions to the previously learned scissors kick and breaststroke kick to perform the rudimentary sidestroke and to learn the breaststroke. Participants also begin to learn the back crawl and butterfly, as well as the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall. To teach kids about how to be safe in and around the water.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement for kids ages 5+. Participants refine their performance of all six strokes (front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke) and increase the distances that they swim. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back.
If you're interested in becoming a lifeguard or recertifying your lifeguarding certificate, contact Brooks Pool to sign up for classes. You also will have to apply for the Lifeguard position on www.paducahky.gov under the Employment tab. We recommend applying in February or early March since we do our hiring in late March and April. You do not have to be certified to apply, however you will have to be certified before you can start working. All lifeguards have to be at least 15 years old.
When was the pool built? The pool was built in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The renovation project in 2013 (see more information below) was the fourth time the pool received upgrades which included a new filtration system, pool liner, slides, diving boards, canopies, deck equipment, spray pad, and a renovation to the concession side of the pool house.
How many people visit the Noble Park Pool? On average, the Noble Park Pool sees 150 visitors per day. It is open from Memorial Day weekend until the first part of August.
How big is the pool, and how many people does it take to operate it? The pool is approximately 25 yards wide and 45 yards long. It is just slightly smaller than a regulation pool used in competitive swimming. The pool also has a dive well, a slide area, spray pad, and a zero depth entry area. It takes 309,600 gallons of water to fill the pool. Each shift during the pool season requires eight lifeguards, six pool attendants, one head lifeguard, and the pool manager. A Certified Pool Operator (CPO) also is on staff for each shift. The Parks and Recreation Department currently has three CPOs. The certification, which is valid for three years, requires specialized training and testing.
What is the process to prepare the pool for opening day? The first steps are to drain the pool completely and then pressure-wash the interior to remove any algae, leaves, or debris. Then, the pool is filled, and chemicals are added. We clean the slides, diving boards, and other pieces of equipment. We install the canopies and distribute picnic tables, benches, lounge chairs, and umbrellas around the facility. The mechanical equipment is tested and any replacement parts are purchased and installed.
How is the pool area and water maintained on a daily basis? Each day, staff puts out the umbrellas, trash cans, and safety equipment. The pool deck is regularly cleaned of trash and debris to help keep bugs and bees away. The pool water is checked four times each day: early in the morning before swimming lessons, right before the pool opens for the day, half way through the afternoon, and just before closing prior to evening swim lessons or private reservations. Staff takes a sample of the pool water and uses a test kit to make sure the chemicals and pH are in balance. Also, the alkalinity of the pool is tested each week. The part of the filtration system, known as “the pit” by staff, is cleaned weekly. The pit is where the filters are housed which catch any pool debris. That area is drained weekly. The filters are cleaned and then refilled. This is done when the pool is closed to the public because we have to turn off the system.
Why are swim diapers allowed only in the spray pad area and not in the pool? The pool and the spray pad area run on separate filtration and chemical systems. The spray pad water is completely filtered and turns over every 30 minutes. The pool filtration system takes approximately six hours to complete a cycle. The KY State Department of Health regulates filtration for swim areas with and without swim diaper use. Our facility rules regarding swim diaper use are based on regulations set by the Department of Health.
Why are there breaks each hour that require patrons to exit the pool? We take a ten minute safety break each hour to give the lifeguards a chance to take a quick break and check the pool water. It also allows patrons a brief rest to prevent overexertion in the water. Plus, it’s a good time for the patrons to visit the restroom or purchase a snack from the concession area.
Why is there a dress code for the pool? For safety and health reasons, we want each swimmer to be in proper swimming attire. We allow customers to wear t-shirts in the pool over their bathing suits, but due to risk of entanglement, swimmers are not allowed to wear them on the slides or diving boards. Cutoff t-shirts also are not allowed. We also require lined swimming trunks and suits to be worn because they are made to hold up against the chemicals in the pool and are more sanitary than wearing street clothes. All of our policies and procedures are made to ensure the safety of our customers and to better maintain our facility and equipment. We make all accommodations for personal religious attire allowed by the Health Department.
Facts and figures compiled June 2017
The City of Paducah rehabilitated the Noble Park Pool during the first half of 2013. Local engineering firm, Florence & Hutchison, conducted a preliminary report showing that the Noble Park Pool needed a new liner system, gutter and piping systems, circulation, filtration, and disinfection systems, and new treatment buildings. F&H also recommended a new slide, diving boards, lifeguard chairs, and platforms.
The pool received a new liner, gutter system, and treatment and filtration system. Three new canopies were added to the 15 tables with umbrellas and 56 chaise lounges to provide shade and seating for swimmers and non-swimmers to enjoy. The wading pool was replaced by a spray pad for the younger children. The pool now has a double slide feature and two new diving boards. The concession stand was upgraded to provide a menu expansion.
The pool project was completed in time for the pool's scheduled opening in May 2013. The spray pad opened to the public on July 26, 2013. The Noble Park Pool had not received a significant renovation since 1992.