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Chief Gene Shepherd Splash Pad


Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
11 AM - 7 PM
Weather Permitting

For residents of Shelby Township and Utica.

Welcome to the Shelby Township Chief Gene Shepherd Park Splash Pad. Get ready to laugh, cheer and get soaked all summer long.

Located at Chief Gene Shepherd Park
2452 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Charter Township, MI 48316

$2 per child
$25 Annual Family Pass (includes up to 4 children)
Chaperones / Parents free
Guests outside Shelby Township and Utica welcomed ONLY when accompanied by a resident
Must wear wrist bands inside the gated area.
Swimsuits only. Swim diapers must be worn by infants and toddlers.
No running, climbing or hanging from structures.
Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Please step outside the Splash Pad to change diapers.

Food and drink allowed only on grass areas.

Not Allowed:
Smoking in or around the Splash Pad
Non-service animals
Loungers, chairs or umbrellas
Radios or amplified devices

Shelby Township reserves the right to close the Splash Pad in the event of inclement weather, necessary maintenance or community events. For details and to check the status of the Splash Pad, please call 586-803-2096.

Non-residents may visit and use the Splash Pad when accompanied by a Shelby Township or Utica resident. Residents must show ID. Residents can list non-residents as a main chaperone on their Family Annual Pass for resident children.

Inclement Weather

In the event of thunder or lightening, the Splash Pad must be vacated immediately.


We recommended that organized groups of 20 or more call the Parks & Recreation office at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled trip.

Park Pavilion Rentals

If a group of non-residents reserves a pavilion at Gene Shepherd Park, rental attendees may use the Splash Pad without a resident present at the regular cost of $2 per child. Pavilion rentals do not include exclusive use to the Splash Pad. Splash Pad cannot be rented.


Who is Chief Gene Shepherd?
Gene Shepherd was a former fire chief of Shelby Township for 5 years after already working in the department for 20. Diagnosed with cancer in 2010, he went back to work after treatments but eventually passed on in 2012. He is celebrated not only in the department for his open management style and active problem solving but in the community as well for his kindness and bravery. It was unanimously decided on May 1, 2012 to name the former Soccer City development after Chief Gene Shepherd in honor of his hard work. The Splash Pad serves as a great addition to the park and we hope you enjoy everything it has to offer.