SHELBY -- As summer activities continue, it's a busy time for Shelby's park system.
During the July 13 monthly meeting, Shelby Parks Superintendent Jerry Marshall updated Shelby's Board of Park Commissioners on the efforts to maintain city parks.
Multiple projects were carried out, Marshall detailed in a written report and in remarks to the board.
"We power-washed the Black Fork amphitheater, (Seltzer Park) South Pavilion, Rabold Pavilion and (Seltzer) North Pavilion, made repairs on horseshoe pits, and fountain at (Seltzer) South," he said.
In addition, McBride and Rabold restrooms were addressed. "We did repairs on those to get them online," Marshall said. "We still have other problems at Rabold we are dealing with, but we're getting close to getting that up and running."
Parks staff also cleaned the fountain at Seltzer Park South among many other tasks such as repairing Seltzer swimming pool umbrellas.
Marshall also took time to thank the Flower Girls group for its continuing work. "The flower beds look very good," he said.
He noted a special sunflower bed at Rabold.
"It looks like the sunflowers are growing really good," Marshall said. "They should be blooming in September...That is the goal here."
He also provided an update on mowing.
"During June, we were able to get caught up on the mowing," Marshall said.
He noted that the Shelby Service Department has asked the parks department to take over the mowing at Flag Park, which is near Washington and Main streets in downtown Shelby. The request is because parks department mowers are in that area weekly, Marshall added. The Flag Park site is immediately west of Roush Park.
Marshall also credited youths with Abraxas.
"With Abraxas help, we were able to get caught up on weed (removal) and hand-mowing," Marshall said.
The work includes trimming back trees.
"We have kind have formed a working relationship with Abraxas," Marshall said. "They have been sending three to four young men two or three days most weeks. They have been working three hours a day. They have been helping really a lot."
Park board member Dave Downs was pleased with the work.
"I think it looks really nice," Downs said. "The weeds are cut down on the (Seltzer Creek) banks and everything."
Later, Marshall summarized the many activities at the Black Fork Commons amphitheater, including downtown community movie nights, an Elvis Presley tribute concert and a music in the park series. In addition, Black Fork Commons was home to multiple activities for the July 9-10 Shelby Bicycle Days festival.
In other business, the park board was updated on continuing efforts to locate a disc golf course in Shelby.
The latest location being mentioned as a possibility is vacant city-owned land in the general vicinity of the water treatment plant and the community gardens.
"The details are coming," Park Board President Ed Ingle said of the city site and specifics involved. "Right now it's just 'Hey, it sounds great. Let's see what we can do with it.'"
Discussions are continuing and are expected to include John Ensman, Shelby's municipal utilities director/deputy public service director, and Shelby Law Director Gordon Eyster, officials were told. As park board president, Ingle is taking the lead in researching the disc golf possibilities and details for such a course. The further information is expected as the discussions continue.
Earlier, Brian Crum, park board secretary and city of Shelby finance director, provided an update on park system finances.
"At the end of June, we had $179,191," Crum said of the bank balance. "We had $127,000 this time last year. So we are up a little over 50-grand from the same period a year ago. We have a healthy cash balance."
In addition, officials noted that the regular meeting date for the park board is now the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the conference room at 5 Water St.