Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Kite Festival
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Tai Chi Tennis
Adult Basketball
Co-ed 50+ Senior Tennis Play Days

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

Tennis lessons have concluded for the year.  Classes will resume in the spring with dates to be announced as soon as determined.

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.
Instructors: Bruce Guillaume, Mike Lewis, Jim Cobb, Pete Simmons, Shane Lenoir, Angie Higginbotham, Robbie Meisner, Scott DeWaard, Adam Tilley, Daniel Wilder and Jeff Grindstaff

2014 Annual

Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 12), the Scholars Run (Aug. 9) and the Reindeer Run (Dec. 7).  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.

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

This run, which is the final leg of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, is a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Empty Pantry Fund. Awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners and the top three finishers in each age division. Prizes will also be given to the best male and female Christmas costume. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon. The Triple Crown of Running award ceremony will take place at this event.

Date: Sunday, December 7
Location: Maryville Municipal Parking Garage
Time: Check-in: 12:45-1:30 PM
5K Race: 2:00 PM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 2:30 PM
Registration: Entry forms may be obtained at Parks & Rec.
Mail form and fee to Scholar’s 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 3PM Thursday, Dec. 4:
$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 Level

Dates: Wednesdays, January 7- February 18, 2015

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.

Mondays, January 5- February 16, 2015

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

Tai Chi Classes

Starting January 2015

Adult Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi classes are held twice a week in 8-week sessions at the Everett and Springbrook Recreation Centers beginning in January. Tai Chi is a progressive exercise that increases flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness with many other advantages. This specialized program has shown to help decrease the discomfort of all forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. The program, which exercises the muscles and tissue around the joints, results in better support and protection of the joints and is suitable for all ages. Tai Chi exercises are designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that have been known to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements do not require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. It is especially suitable as an exercise because its movements are slow and gentle, and the level of exertion is adjustable to suit each person's physical condition. These elements of exercise also aid in the recovery from surgery, illness and rehabilitation. For information about these programs phone 865-803-8887 for assistance, fax questions to 865-982-3808 or visit our web site at

Course Descriptions:

Level 1
This course includes introduction to the principles of Tai Chi and Arthritis Foundation® Tai Chi Sun Style 12 Form. Qi Gong exercises are included. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $90.00*

Level 2
This course advances from the Sun Style to the Arthritis Foundation® Sun Style 31 Form. Qi Gong exercises are included in this program. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $90.00*

Exploring Tai Chi and Qi Gong Forms
A practice session for individuals who have completed the Level 1 and 2 Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi courses designed to bring your practice to another level Qi Gong, Sun 73, Yang and Chen Forms shared. Pre-registration is required. Fee $60.00*

*Humana Flex and Silver Sneakers Accepted
Smoky Mountain Wellness has added Healthways FLEX to Community Health Fitness Programs. This does not limit access to the Smoky Mountain Wellness programming but gives an opportunity to those who receive these benefits from their health plan to attend. The companies that support this program are: AARP Medicare Complete® by United Health Care, AARP® Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan, Amerigroup, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, HealthSpring, Humana, UnitedHealthcare®, and Windsor Health Plan. Check your policy to see if you qualify. For information about these programs phone 865-803-8887 for assistance or Fax questions to 865-982-3808 or go to

Tai Chi for Arthritis - News! The Administration on Aging (AoA) evidence-based programs review committee found the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program to meet the highest-level criteria for AoA's evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs. The Tai Chi Program information is now listed on the Title IIID Highest-Level Criteria Evidence-Based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs Cost Chart. This chart is linked on the AoA Title IIID webpage under highest-level criteria examples. Last year, the Arthritis Foundation's Exercise and Walk With Ease Programs were approved.

Instructors are Donna Dixon and Mary Pope, who are both highly qualified to teach this class. Open Houses will be offered throughout the year for those interested to try-out the program free of charge. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about several Arthritis Foundation Programs to help everyone be more active in preventing or better managing arthritis. The programs are excellent for those beginning a fitness program or those wanting to stay active with group support and learning opportunities.

Sessions are held throughout the year beginning January 2015 for all Tai Chi skill levels. Space is limited. For more information, call Smoky Mountain Wellness at 865-803-8887, email at or visit for information and course registration forms.