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Chief Gene Shepherd Splash Pad

Enjoy fun in the sun at Shelby Township's newest Parks and Recreation amenity, the splash pad at Chief Gene Shepherd Park.

Weather permitting, the splash pad is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily, from  Memorial Day through Labor Day. Residents of Shelby Township and Utica can bring children of all ages to play in the firefighter-themed splash pad adjacent to the firefighter playground at the park, which honors late Fire Chief Gene Shepherd at 2452 23 Mile Road.

The splash pad is closed if temperatures are expected to dip below 70 degrees or if hazardous weather is forecasted. In the event of thunder or lightening, the Splash Pad must be vacated immediately. 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

A daily pass for children can be purchased for $2 or a $25 annual family pass can be purchased, which is good for up to four children. Adult chaperones accompanying children are free to enter the splash pad, and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Non-residents are permitted to enjoy the splash pad if accompanied by a resident of Shelby Township or Utica. 

Groups of 20 or more should call the Parks & Recreation office at least 72 hours prior to their scheduled trip. 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.

Director Joe Youngblood
Parks, Recreation and Maintenance

Chief Gene Shepherd Park

2452 23 Mile Road
Shelby Township, MI 48316-3572 
Phone: (586) 731-0300
Fax: (586) 726-7228



  • 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, glass, non-service animals, 
  • loungers, chairs, umbrellas, radios or amplified devices.


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. 
Chief Gene Shepherd