Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Kite Festival
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Pickleball Tennis
Adult Basketball
Beginner Sign Language Course

Refund Policy for Programs

Refunds may be given up to five (5) working days prior to the beginning of each program. If your cancellation causes the program number to fall below the required minimum, the refund will be contingent upon the vacancy being filled. After classes begin, refunds will be made for the following reasons only: 1) Illness or Injury 2) Moving from the Blount County area 3) Cancellation of the program by Parks & Rec. Refunds will be prorated according to the number of classes already held. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative cost charge, unless the program has been cancelled by Parks & Rec.

Pre-Registration is Required for Most Programs!


As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Tennis Lessons

Rain Policy: All participants are responsible for calling Parks & Rec. at 983-9244 in the afternoon in the event of inclement weather. Occasionally, decisions will need to be made at the courts. A make-up class will be held for each class cancelled with the make-up date determined by the instructor.

Classes at John Sevier Park

Dates: Session: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 7, 9, 14, 16 (Rain Date: July 21)
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM Ages 11-Adult (Beginner & Intermediate)
Cost: $55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
To be announced.

Co-ed Mixed Doubles Tennis League

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This 8-week league is designed for intermediate level tennis players and will be a 4-game format rotation. Winners will move up, and those with losses will move down on the courts with rotating players. The goal is to play approximately five 4-game sets each night of play. No subs are necessary, and if there ends up being an odd number of doubles, then the last odd number of doubles can play singles or sit out until the rotation starts over. Participants must bring their own racquet. Tennis balls will be supplied.

Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18  & 25,September 1, 8, 15 & 22
6:00-8:00 PM
Springbrook Tennis Courts in Alcoa
$20.00 per person
Player Level:
Intermediate (3.0 – 4.0) 
Equipment Needed:

Instructors: Karen Towle and Robby Paul 

Co-ed 50+ Senior Tennis Play Days

A group of senior tennis players meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park throughout the year. Senior tennis players are welcome to join in at anytime by showing up at the courts for some fun and relaxed games of tennis. For more information, contact Jerry Tuggle at 865-789-6165.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
9:00-11:00 AM
*Start times change to 8:00 or 10:00AM based on season
Caroline Hayes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park
Player Level:
Any level
Equipment Needed:
Participants must provide their own racquet and
1 can of balls.
Jerry Tuggle (865-789-6165)


Wagon Wheelers Western Square Dance for All Ages

This group meets every Tuesday from 7:00-9:30 PM; 7-8 PM (Class) and 8:00-9:30 PM (Club) in the upstairs Dance Room at the Springbrook Recreation Center in Alcoa. Class begins every September. If you are interested in learning Western Square Dance or are an experienced dancer, please contact Betty Bowers at 865-805-8291 for more information.


Adult Karate Instruction

Parks & Rec. has partnered with Maryville Isshinryu Karate School to offer the following classes to both youth and adults. They are the oldest martial arts school in Blount County and are accredited by the International Isshinryu Karate Association. Participants will learn self defense, sparring techniques, kata and much more. Benefits of Karate include confidence, flexibility, concentration, balance, discipline and respect.

Adult Classes - Ages 12 & Up

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays - Classes are on-going with new students accepted at any time.
Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center
1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701
Cost: $120.00 per quarter (3 months) – Family rates available.
Taken on-site at the first of each month.
For more information, please contact Mike Lewis at 984-0413 or email at or
Pete Simmons at 970-7035 or email at
Instructors: Adam Budnar, Jim Cobb, Bruce Guillaume, Kirk Harris,
Angie Higginbotham, Shane Lenoir, Mike Lewis,
Bill McCarter, Pete Simmons, Adam Tilley, Scott DeWaard, and Daniel Wilder

2015 Annual

Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 11), the Scholars Run (August 8) and the Reindeer Run (December 6).  To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races.  To be eligible to win door prizes valued at a minimum of $100, participation in two races is required. Both runners and walkers at each event are eligible for great door prizes.

Scholars Run 5K Road Race & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

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Click Here for Downloadable Form that you can print off and mail in.

This event is a 5K (3.1-miles) road race and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk and is the second event of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running. The race begins and ends on the Maryville College campus. A portion of the proceeds from this race will fund two annual student scholarships sponsored by the Foothill Striders, Inc. Individual and team competition will take place. Special awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners, the top three finishers in each age division, and to the top three teams in the 5K. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon.

Saturday, August 8
Maryville College - Cooper Athletic Center
Check-in: 6:45-7:30 AM
5K Race: 8:00 AM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:45 AM
Entry forms may be obtained at the Parks & Rec. Office.
Mail form and fee to Scholars Run: P.O. Box 789, Alcoa, TN 37701-0789
On-line registration available at for an additional fee.
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by Thursday, July 30:
Adults $18.00 Students (18 & under) $15.00
Fee includes a race T-shirt. Add $1.50 for XXL shirt.
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00
Cost includes a T-shirt and great giveaways.

Yoga Classes

A series of on-going Vinyasa style Yoga classes for Ages 12 & up are offered with emphasis on poses designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance.  Attention is also placed on breathing and how to better use our lungs as well as creating a mental calmness and cultivating a quiet and peaceful mind.

Supplies needed for all Yoga classes: Yoga mat, blanket, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement

Gentle Flow for All Levels

Dates: Current Session: Wednesdays, June 3 – July 8
Next Session:
Wednesdays, July 15 August 19
New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.
Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center
Cost: $54.00 for 6-week session
$100.00 if combined with Get Fit class 

Discount for participants taking both Gentle Flow class and Get Fit class!

Get Fit Yoga

This class combines the basic aspects of beginner-advanced yoga and adds strength training through core exercise and more.

Current Session: Mondays, June 1 – July 6
Next Session:
Mondays, July 13 – August 17
New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.
Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

6:00-7:00 PM
Everett Senior Center
$54.00 per 6-week session
$100.00 if combined with Gentle Flow class

Beginner Sign Language Course

For Ages 15 & Up

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Are you interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) in order to communicate with a friend, family member or colleague who is deaf? If so, this course is for you! American Sign Language is a visual language, incorporating facial grammar, and made up of specific hand shapes and movements. It is the dominant language of the Deaf community, provides meaningful communication between hearing parents and deaf children, and brings people who happen to be hearing and deaf together. This beginner level ASL class will give you the opportunity to learn the manual alphabet, conversational signs, and develop communication skills. You will enjoy this fun and encouraging learning environment as you build your language skills in ASL! A minimum enrollment of 8 is required.

Dates: Session 1: Thursdays, August 20 – September 24
Session 2: Thursdays, October 8 – November 12
Session 3: Thursdays, March 3 – April 7
Location: Everett Senior Center
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $70.00 for 6-week session with all course materials included.
Instructor: Carol LaCava, Coordinator of Educational Interpreting at UTK, and nationally certified interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)


Pickleball, the fastest growing adult sport in the country, is a fun game that is played on a badminton court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball-sized ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. The game is popular with seniors but can be enjoyed by all. Tennis, racquetball and ping-pong players love the competitive nature of the sport and regularly participate in competitive tournaments.

For more information, contact Bob Yager at 865-766-7454 or or Ole Olson at or visit