Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Kite Festival
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Pickleball Tennis
Adult Basketball
Spring Sprint 5K Race & 1-Mile Walk
Pottery Classes Aqua Aerobics
New! Sewing Classes
Golf Lessons
Small Group Boot Camp Fitness Training
Running Program

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: Tuesdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 (Rain Date: Fri., May 29)
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM Ages 13-Adult (Beginner & Intermediate)
Cost: $55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
To be announced.

Classes at Sandy Springs Park

Session 2A: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 13, 15, 20, 22 (Rain Date: April 27)
Session 3A: Mondays & Wednesdays, May 4, 6, 11, 13 (Rain Date: May 18)
5:30-6:15 PM Ages 15-Adult (Mon & Wed)
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Marty Durand

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, April 7 – May 26
Must be preregistered by April 3!
6:00-8:00 PM
Springbrook Tennis Courts in Alcoa
$20.00 per person
Player Level:
Intermediate (3.0 – 4.0)
Equipment Needed:
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 McCartez, Pete Simmons, Adam Tilley, Scott DeWaard, and Daniel Wilder

Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced

Running Program

For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 10 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Beginner Level: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K in 10 weeks at the Scholars Run on August 8th (which is totally optional). This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.

Intermediate/Advanced Level: This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks. This 10-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on you running journey in a supportive environment. In No Boundaries II, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics. We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear and injury prevention.

Dates: Mondays, June 1 – August 3
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Pearson Springs Park Pavilion and Maryville Greenway
Cost: $50 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- $5.00 Discount off Scholars Run 5K entry fee
- Detailed weekly training schedule
- Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
- Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
- New Balance technical t-shirt
Shahin & Cheryl Hadian

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.

Spring Sprint 5K Road Race

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This is the first event of the 2015 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running and is a 5K (3.1 miles) road race & 1-mile fun run/walk in Alcoa. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County‘s Area 15 Special Olympics.

Saturday, April 11
Check-in 7:15-8:00 AM at Springbrook Rec. Center
5K Race 8:30 AM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk 8:35 AM
Springbrook Recreation Center
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by 3:00 PM April 9 at
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

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: Current Session: Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8
Next Session: Wednesdays, April 15 – May 20
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, March 2 – April 6
Next Session: Mondays, April 13 – May 18
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

Pottery Classes
"Introduction to Throwing"

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This class is a fun and total hands-on foundation course on throwing on the wheel. Students are guided in a step-by-step process and will learn how to center, pull a pot and trim. Students will learn to throw various shapes leading to successful bowls, mugs, cups, vessels, etc. to take home to their families to enjoy. All work goes through two kiln firings; the second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, as well as use in the microwave and dishwasher. We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. Course fee includes clay and all firing and glaze materials.

Dates: Session: Tuesdays, March 3-31 (No class March 17)
Session: Tuesdays, April 7-28
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN
Cost: $80.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Leanne Moe

Sewing Classes

About the instructor:  Aimee Davis is creator and teacher at The Crooked Stitch, serving Knox and Blount counties with sewing lessons and other sewing events.

NEW! Make a Simple Skirt

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Learning the basics of sewing a simple skirt is ideal for showcasing fun fabrics or adding flair with contrasting pockets, trim, or embellishing with embroidery and appliqué! Once you learn how to sew a perfect adorable skirt pattern, you’ll be addicted to making your own versions of this sassy skirt, too! Choose from a simple A-line for adults or a simple gathered skirt for children. Note: You are welcome to bring your own machine or borrow one from the instructor.

Date: Tuesday, May 12
Due to purchase of materials, registration ends May 8.
Time: 5:30-8:30 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $45.00 + materials
A list of needed materials will be provided prior to class.
Aimee Davis

NEW! How to Read a Pattern

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You’ve learned how to use your sewing machine, so you pick up a pattern. It says "very easy,” but when you open the instructions you quickly realize that this is going to take more than an hour just to figure out what in the world they are talking about! In this class, we will walk through every step of pattern preliminaries from understanding pattern lingo and layouts, grain and many more inside secrets to making your next garment project look great! Note: We will not be making an actual garment, but you are welcome to bring patterns of your own and ask questions about them.

Date: Tuesday, April 14
Registration ends April 10.
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $35.00
Aimee Davis

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Registration ends May 4.
Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Everett Recreation Center
Cost: $35.00
Aimee Davis

NEW! Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

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Is your sewing machine sitting in the back of a closet gathering dust? Do you wish you remembered how to thread it? Do you want to learn to sew? Bring your sewing machine and all of its accessories (power cord, manual, bobbins, presser feet, needles, etc.) to this 2½ hour workshop. You will learn how to wind the bobbin and thread the machine. You will leave familiarized with the most useful stitches, and we’ll even sew a quick project together to get you started. You’ll leave feeling confident that you can sew on your own.

Two different sessions cover the same material – you can choose the day class or the evening class, to best fit your schedule!

Date: Saturday, April 11
Registration ends April 8.
Time: 12:30-3:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $45.00 + $10 materials fee
Aimee Davis

Date: Tuesday, May 5
Registration ends April 30.
Time: 5:30-8:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $45.00 + $10 materials fee
Aimee Davis

Small Group Boot Camp Fitness Training

For Ages 15 & Up

Need a change of routine, or a workout to take you to the next level? Do you need to squeeze in a high energy class and don’t have a lot of time? This class utilizes a circuit format, coupled with the most progressive, innovative, and creative exercises in fitness. Workouts will include cardiovascular and strength training, speed and agility drills, medicine ball drills, plyometrics, etc. With a little bit of effort and commitment, you will see a toned, leaner body, increased strength, endurance, and self confidence, a new appreciation for working out, and maybe some new friends in fitness. Workouts will be challenging, but fun with high energy. Workouts can be modified, but this class is best suited for intermediate and advanced participants. Participants need to bring their own mat and one set of medium based weights. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 7 – May 12
Time: 5:30-6:15 PM
Location: Greenbelt Pavilion and park area near Amphitheater
Cost: $55.00 for 6-week session
Tammye Wright-Certified Personal Trainer, Masters in Exercise Science
Supplies Needed: Comfortable athletic clothing, tennis shoes, water bottle, Yoga/stretching mat, one set of medium weights 

Golf Lessons

Get Golf Ready – This program is designed to provide participants with a complete overview of the game of golf. Including the history of the sport, an introduction to the fundamentals including how to dress and act on the course, the purpose of each club, the art of chipping, pitching and hitting out of the green-side bunkers. You will be introduced to the fairway and how to use your irons, making and repairing divots, how to tee off, which metal-woods to use, scorekeeping, basic rules, and much more.

Date: Session 1: April 21, 23, 28, 30
Session 2: September 22, 24, 29, October 1
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Green Meadow Pro Shop
1700 Louisville Road, Alcoa
Cost: $80.00 per session
Scott Wilson, Class A-PGA Professional and Staff

Aqua Aerobics

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Aqua Aerobic classes, which provide the benefits of regular aerobics but with the fun and pleasure of water and music, are available to Ages 14 & older. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays, June 1 – July 9
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM (after pool closes to the public)
Location: Springbrook Pool
Cost: $60.00 for 6-week session (12 classes)
Tabitha Travis


The Smoky Mountain Pickleball Club plays at the Everett Recreation Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9AMNoon. Training sessions are also offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings by members of the club. During good weather, play moves outdoors to the Bassel Courts on Joule Street in Alcoa.

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