Noble Park Pool (2801 Park Avenue in Noble Park) features a nearly competitive size pool, double slide, double diving board. and spray pad. It also has an accessible pool lift.
In addition to the fun of swimming lessons or just playing in the water with your friends, Parks & Recreation holds the Paducah Regatta which requires participants to race a cardboard boat across the pool.
Swimming Lessons Paducah Regatta
Pool Office: 270-408-4119 (during summer season only)
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Use of Swim Diapers - 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. 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.
Lifeguarding and Summer Jobs - To work at the pool, applications are accepted online. If interested in becoming a lifeguard or recertifying a lifeguarding certificate, contact Parks & Recreation at 270-444-8508. It is recommended to apply in February or early March since hiring occurs in late March and April. Lifeguards do not have to be certified to apply but will have to be certified before working. All lifeguards must be at least 15 years old.
2023 Pool Season
Location - Noble Park Pool is located at Bob Noble Park at 2801 Park Avenue
Dates - 2023 season is May 27 through August 6.
Hours - Noble Park Pool is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. The Noble Park Pool will be open on the following Monday holidays: Memorial Day May 29 | Juneteenth June 19. The Noble Park Pool will also be open on July 4th.
Admission - Prices are per person (tax included)
- $2.00 | Children 3 years of age and under
- $5.00 | Ages 4-17
- $6.00 | Ages 18-54
- $5.00 | Ages 55+ & Military
- $4.00 | Groups of 15+
Concession Stand - The concession stand is open Tuesday through Sunday (noon-4:30 p.m.). It is closed on Monday. 2022 Concessions Menu
Season Passes - Season passes can be purchased at the Paducah Parks and Recreation Office located at 1400 HC Mathis Drive, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. beginning May 1 or at the pool when it opens for the season.
- Individual Season Passes - $65 each (tax included).
- Family Season Passes - $200 (tax included) for up to four family members. Additional family members are $45 each (tax included). *The family pass is defined as parents and children 18 years and younger. College students, day care providers, neighbors, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren are not included*
Pool Reservations - Reservations currently are not available for 2023. When available, reservations are on Saturday or Sunday starting at 5:30pm or 6:00pm. Cost is $200 per hour + tax.
Pool Rules and Swimming Lessons
- About the Swimming Lessons
The Parks & Recreation Department offers several levels and sessions of swimming lessons. The classes are two-week sessions held Tuesday through Thursday. If a day is cancelled due to weather, it will be made up on Fridays.
The Parks & Recreation Department offers several levels and sessions of swimming lessons. Spots fill up fast in some classes so we encourage you to register early. The classes are two-week sessions held Tuesday through Thursday. For specific information on classes and what you can expect from each level, please contact Parks and Recreation or download a Swimming Lessons Parent Handbook.
- 2023 Swimming Season Dates
Swimming lessons will be offered for levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. Children must be at least 4 years old to participate. Registration begins April 5, 2023 for the June sessions. Registration for July sessions begins June 7.
Cost: $45/two-week session (tax included)
Sessions are available as follows:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for 2 weeks. Friday is a make-up day when needed.
- Two session times are available: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
- June 6-8 & 13-15 | Levels 1 & 2
- June 20-22 & 27-29 | Levels 1-3
- July 11-13 & 18-20 | Levels 1-4
- July 25-27 & August 1-3 | Levels 1-4
- Register for Swimming Lessons
Registration is available online or at the Parks & Recreation office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive or by calling the Paducah Parks & Recreation office at 270-444-8508. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration begins April 5 for the June sessions. Registration starts June 7 for July/August sessions.
- Swimming Lesson Levels
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.
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.
- Rules for Noble Park Pool and Swimming Lessons
All patrons are required to adhere to all facility rules, regulations, and directives of staff.
Management reserves the right to remove any and all persons who do not adhere to facility rules and regulations without refund.
Noble Park Pool Rules
- All swimming patrons must wear proper swim attire.
- Non-swimming patrons must stay out of the water at all times.
- Children under 10 years must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
- Running, horseplay, rough housing, outside food and drink, talking to lifeguards, and profanity are prohibited.
- Patrons using diving area must pass swim test prior to use.
- All food and drink must remain in the grassy areas.
- Be respectful and have fun.
Spray Pad Rules
- Recommended for patrons 8 years and younger.
- Children must be accompanied by supervising adult.
- Swim diapers are allowed in spray pad area.
- Patrons who are not completely toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
- Patrons must wear proper swim attire.
- Running, horseplay, rough housing, and profanity are prohibited.
- All food and drink must remain in the grassy areas.
- Be respectful and have fun.
Swimming Lessons Rules
- Children should wait on the pool deck for their instructor before every class.
- All participants and family members must also be respectful of the teacher and other children in the class.
- All swimmers must shower before entering the pool area.
- Instructions of the class instructors and lifeguards must be obeyed.
- For the safety of yourself and other please do NOT swim if you have a cold, diarrhea, excessive sunburn or unhealed abrasions.
- Please arrive on time for your lessons.
- Be positive and provide encouragement to all of the participants
Noble Park Pool Facts and Figures
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 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
2013 Renovation Project
The City of Paducah rehabilitated the Noble Park Pool in 2013. Local engineering firm, Florence & Hutchison, conducted a preliminary report showing that the Noble Park Pool needed significant upgrades. 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.