The Noble Park Pool, located at Bob Noble Park, is open Tuesday through Sunday from Saturday, May 27 through Tuesday, August 8. It will be open Memorial Day (Monday, May 29) and Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4) from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
If you're interested in lifeguarding or recertifying your lifeguarding certificate, contact Brooks Pool to sign up for classes.
Tuesdays - Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Mondays: Closed for public swim with the exception of Memorial Day--it will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on that holiday.
Friday Family Swim Nights: 6 - 8 p.m. (All children must be accompanied by supervising adult.)
Swimming Lessons: Held at 9:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Scroll down for additional information.
The concession stand is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. The concession stand also is open for the Friday Family Swim Events. Plus, it's open during the Movies in the Park and Concerts in the Park events. Items available include hamburgers, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, Dippin' Dot ice cream, Pepsi products, and more.
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.
Only payment by cash or check is allowed.
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In addition to the fun of swimming lessons or just playing in the water with your friends, the Parks and Recreation Department offers several pool-related events such as Family Swim Nights on Friday nights and the Paducah Regatta. For more information, call the office at 270-444-8508.
May 27: Pool Opening Day - The Noble Park Pool will open for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27. It will be open Memorial Day and Independence Day from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Family Swim Nights - Enjoy family swim nights on Friday nights from 6:00 until 8:00. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult during family swim. The Concession Stand will be open. Cost is $3 per person.
June 17: Paducah Regatta - The Paducah Regatta will be held on Saturday, June 17. Using cardboard and duct tape to construct a boat, the goal is to race it across the pool without sinking. All of the supplies to build your boat will be provided, or bring your cardboard boat from home. All boats must meet specified rules and requirements. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. with the boat races at 10 a.m. Participants are given a maximum of one hour to build their boat, and all boat-building stops at race time. Trophies will be awarded. Additional Regatta information (cost, awards, and rules) >>
August 8: Closing Day - This is the last day the Noble Park Pool will be open to the public for the 2017 season.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers several levels and sessions of swimming lessons. Registration for swim lessons is available now. The classes are two-week sessions held Tuesday through Thursday. The cost is $40 per session (except for PreK Swim which is $35 per session).
Three sessions of classes will be offered in 2017 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. or 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
PreK Swim (You and Me Swim): 3-4 years. Parent involvement encouraged. Must be completely potty trained. One or both parents can be in the water with the child. Children will be taught entry and exit, blowing bubbles, submerging head and face in the water, and jumping in from the side with confidence. For children who are ready, they also will be taught these skills without the use of floatation devices.
Level 1: 5+ years. Teach swimmers basic swimming skills including front and back float, glide, and flutter kicks. Children are not permitted to use floatation devices in this class.
Level 2: 5+ years. Teach swimmers intermediate skills and begin to teach strokes. Children will learn rhythmic breathing, object retrieval, and the front crawl arm stroke.
Level 3: 5+ years. For more advanced swimmers. Will develop and enhance swimming strokes. Children must be able to pass the Level 2 skills. Child will learn underwater stroke, treading water, back crawl stroke, and more.
Level 4: Advanced. Must have mastered and passed Level 3 swim lessons. Level 4 will help develop and refine swimming strokes and teach diving.
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, five 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. Regarding the concessions area, this year the Parks and Recreation Department contracted with Bear’s BBQ to provide staffing and the delicious food options.
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 about 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 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. 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.