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Parks and Recreation : Park Testimonials

Shelby Parks and Recreation Department has been the most utilized recreational facility in Cleveland County since 1948. We pride ourself for offering affordable rental facilities for groups of 10 to 2,000 and recreational & leisure services to people of all ages. Below are comments from some of our users:



The Junior Charity League was looking for a new location for our annual Holiday Gift Galleria last year and we hit the jackpot with the Shelby City Park. The employees at the city park were very accomidating to all of our needs and went above and beyond anything we could have ever anticipated. Someone was always available and when minor instances happened they were always quick to fix the problem. We are very excited to work with the Shelby City Park again next year.

Jennifer Niblack

Shelby Junior Charity League

Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed the nice set up we had for our Fiber Reunion. Your staff went beyond expectations in helping any way they could to make our event a success. The facilities and the atmosphere were wonderful. Thanks again for the help we received for our event. We look forward to having the Fiber Reunion for years to come at your facilities.

Carl Spangler, Jr. & Gene LeGrand

Fiber Industries Reunion

One more Tour de Pets is behind us. What a delightful day it was. I want to thank the Park for their willingness to allow us to set up on the grounds for this event. Your staff has always been so pleasant and willing to help and be supportive. I sincerely thank you for this!

Alison Guess Still

Chair, Tour de Pets

Director, Association for the Welfare for Animals

"On December 6, 2008 my office held its Annual Safety Breakfast at the Shelby City Park Gym for over 200 associates. I want to thank you and your staff for providing excellent accommodations and service throughout the event. While the event was in progress, the staff monitered the preceedings to ensure that the event went smoothly. There were several occasions where our team was approached by members of the Park Staff offering assistance.

The commitment shown by the staff greatly enhanced the success of our Annual Safety Breakfast. The Shelby team is looking forward to returning to your facility next year".

Clarence Ponder

General Transportation Manager, Wal-Mart Logistics

"Thanks so much for your help at our Greatest Treat Festival. We loved having the event at the park this year. The facilities were great and the staff was great in the way they helped us out. It worked out great for all that we wanted or needed to do. We look forward to working with the Park and Staff for many years to come".

Katie Harris, Missions Team Leader-Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association

"The Park Staff was so quick to help us and serve our needs. They made our event a pleasant one for everyone. Thanks so much for your help at our Greatest Treat Festival".

Tony Tench, Pastor First Baptist Church of Shelby

"Our experience at the Shelby City Park for our Football Banquet has added a touch of class to our banquet. The staff has been more than willing to meet our needs. The Facility is second to none and the Shelby High Football Staff greatly appreciates the use of the facility."

Chris Norman, Shelby High Athletic Director & & Head Football Coach

"The Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Adult Chapter of the FCA has used the Shelby City Park Gym for several years. The Shelby City Park is the home of the Hall Of Fame Inductee's Wall Of Honor located in the Shelby City Park Lobby. The facility is great with enough room to accommodate a large crowd and serve a catered meal. We sincerely thank the Park Staff for being a gracious host and hope to use the facility for years to come for our banquet and awards ceremony."

Ed Peeler, Chairman FCA Hall Of Fame Committee

Speaking at the 2008 Volunteer Coaches Banquet -

"This gym and these baseball fields made me who I am and what I am"

Tripp Merritt, Davidson College Head Football Coach

"The Facilities are so clean and beautiful. The staff went overboard to make sure our reunion was enjoyed by everyone. They were never far away when we needed something. Everyone had a great time and look forward to returning again."

Sheila Hopper, Chairman Poston/Hopper Reunion

"In the past, PPG Industries has used the Shelby City Park for many events. We have had Children's Christmas Parties, Basketball Events and Anniversary Celebrations. In the late 60's we used the Park to celebrate PPG's 10th Anniversary.

It has always been a pleasure working with the Park's Staff. They seem to accommodate us with any problems or issues we might have. During the times we have used them, the Facility is always clean inside and out and the Staff is always willing to help. We appreciate what they do for us."

Wayne Walton, Manager Employee Services

PPG Industries

"I have been attending Tuesday and Thursday night "Toning and Body Sculpting"
class at the park, for over a year now. The instructors are wonderful!! Not only are they very knowledgeable, but we have so much fun! It's like visiting with friends twice a week. It has done wonders for my health, it is very affordable, and I enjoy it so much! I look forward to it, and hate when I have to miss a class!

Thank you for all that you do! Keep up the good work, and God bless!!"

Patty Jones, Shelby

"Over the past seven years the highlight of my summer has been to attend the water aerobics class at Shelby City Park. The workout is just right for anyone who enjoys water and sun. After class there is time to swim or water walk, even use the diving boards (my favorite). Come out and join in the exercise, recreation and fun!"

Mary Ann Lineberger, Shelby


"The City Park Summer Day Camp has been a great experience for my 2 children. Jaida (girl 9) has gone for the past 3 summers, and Nate (boy 6) has gone for 2. The counselors have continued to be well qualified and very good with the kids. I feel it offers many different opportunities for the kids to do and experience in the summer. I have often referred to the program as the best kept secret in Shelby. I hope it continues to be all it has been."

Maria Wesson, Shelby

"I have had lots of interaction with the dedicated folks at Shelby City Park and they have always exceeded my expectations! CommUnity held their Heart & Soul event at the Merry-Go-Round in February of 2007. It was a great time for everyone and especially beautiful at night. Midnight Basketball has used the gym for the past two years and the building is always staffed, clean and ready for the kids to have a great, safe time. In addition I personally have appreciated the aerobic classes in the evenings where you can get in shape and make new friends. Thanks for providing excellent service to the community!"

Marta Holden, Chair of CommUnity

"Taking the stroller-cize class this past year was a blast! I enjoyed walking and talking with other moms for many reasons. It is empowering to be able to stay fit and healthy mentally and physically while caring for your children. Sharing tips and concerns and getting advice from other moms makes the early days of motherhood much more fun. Thanks for caring about this population in the community and for providing a class like this for us and our children. What a way to show your support!"

Jessie Hamrick, Shelby

"Hey Folks! Don't know what I'd do without the water aerobics, esp. in the summer. I love it! I just wish we could continue at the outdoor pool until the end of September. The weather is usually warm and it's so nice when it's just us gals.The staff are so good and so much fun.Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to everybody there."

Bede Roberts, Shelby

"My daughter Victoria looks forward to her gymnastics class every week. She loves playing with other kids, but above all, she loves her instructor. She is fun, loving, and full of life. She lets the children have fun while exercising and learning to follow instructions.
Thank you Shelby City Park for offering such good programs to our community!"

Raquel Ferreyra Ocharan, Shelby

"After playing regularly at Royster Memorial Golf Course for the past 3-years, I continue to be amazed at the increasingly good condition of the course. Anyone who has not played Shelby's municipal course or has not played it in a number of years would be pleasantly surprised.....As you stand on the first tee looking down at the South Mountains in the distance you can't wait to get started. The staff is very professional and makes everyone feel welcome."

Ed Webb, Shelby

"My two daughters have been involved with activities at the park since they were very young. They have enjoyed gymnasticsand they have both cheered for the Yellow Jackets and one has now aged up to the Vikings team.Over the yearsI have participated in aerobics classes, festivals, andmy family has enjoyed picnics with train rides and softball games. Thank youto the staff atShelby City Park for doing a great job!"

Tammy Darnell, Shelby

"The support and dedication I receive while being a volunteer midget and pee wee football coach for Shelby Parks and Recreation, shows the integrity and professionalism of the park's administration and staff toward the players, parents and spectators. Shelby Parks and Recreation has ensured safety, respect, a positive environment and has always been available to any request that improves the performance of both athlete and coach"

Scott Mitchell, Volunteer Football Coach

"My son loved Shelby City Park Summer Camp. The counselors were excellent and gave parents the piece of mind to know that their children were well taken

care of. I believe one of the biggest benefits of Shelby City Park Summer

Camp is the swimming pool. The kids loved being able to swim and it cooled them off on those hot summer days."

Kerri Melton, Shelby

"I have been taking the Tuesday/Thursday "toning" class for the past 2 years.
As far as I am concerned it is the best program for the money in Cleveland County!!!!! The instructors are very knowledgeable about the equipment that is used. They respect individual abilities, and gear their classes to what is needed by the students. They stress safety at all times, and are very careful to show the students the correct ways to use the equipment......"

Debra Blanton, Shelby

"I have coached girls softball for 13 years. During that time I have found the park personnel to be very helpful and cooperative. We have had a good atmosphere for the parents and the players. I highly recommend this program.
I have also had my grandson involved in swimming lessons for the past 2 years and it has been a pleasant experience."

Don Wilson, Shelby


"....In the mid-sixties I started playing golf at the Park. At that time is was known as goat hill. Now the staff has made Royster Memorial Golf Course something to be proud of. Folks in Shelby and Cleveland County are missing out on one of the best bargains around. I think the citizens should use and support our Park system"

Claude Murray, Shelby


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