Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Running Program
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Tai Chi Tennis
Adult Basketball Small Group Fitness Training
Triathlon Training Program New! Photography Classes
Kite Festival
Aqua Aerobics
Golf Lessons
New! Sewing Classes

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.



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.

Tennis Lessons

Classes at John Sevier Park
Session 1: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 25
Session 2: Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27 (Rain Date: Fri., May 30)
Session 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 10-24 (Rain Date: June 26)
Session 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 8-22 (Rain Date: July 24)
Time for:
1 & 2

  5:15-6:15 PM Ages 13-Adult (Beginner & Intermediate)
Time for:
3 & 4
10:00-11:00 AM Ages 13-Adult (Beginner & Intermediate)
Caroline Haynes Tennis Courts at John Sevier Park
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Instructors: Wesley McNeillie (Sessions 1 & 2) 
Bryn Barrett (Sessions 3 & 4)

Classes at Sandy Springs Park
*Space Limited to 12 per class
May & June dates & times to be announced. Check web site as details emerge.
5:30-6:45 PM Ages 15-Adult (Mon & Wed)
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Marty Durand

Classes at Springbrook Park
*Space Limited to 12 per class
Dates &
May & June – Dates & times to be announced. Check web site as details emerge.
Springbrook Park Tennis Courts
$55.00 per session ($3 Discount for additional siblings)
Marty Durand

Ladies Tennis Lessons

For Ages 40 & Older

(If enough interest, a "B" Level team will be formed)

These lessons are designed for women Age 40 and over who are possibly interested in doing a "B" Level women’s summer tennis league.

Mondays, April 21 - May 12
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts
$55.00 for 4-week session
Marty Durand


For Ages 15 & Up

Photography for Beginners

Using Your Camera, Cell Phone or Tablet

Do you enjoy taking digital pictures with your cell phone or tablet, but are not satisfied with the results? Bring your camera, cell phone, or tablet for a fun introduction to "Taking Better Photos" with Jim Eastin. Jim specializes in making complex concepts easy to understand and remember, and will help you learn how to take better pictures with whatever device you have on hand. Jim is a featured lecturer at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, teaches classes for all ages, and conducts photo tours of the Smokies.

Date: Thursday, May 8
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost: $20.00
Jim Eastin


About the instructor:
Aimee Davis is creator and teacher at The Crooked Stitch, serving Knox and Blount counties with sewing lessons and themed celebrations. “The ultimate goal of The Crooked Stitch is to plant a seed of creating through sewing lessons and offering one of a kind celebrations that will last a lifetime.”

Introduction to Sewing

This class will get you comfortable with a sewing machine, as well as learning primary skills – including fabric and thread selection, pattern layout, cutting and pinning – while making a simple tote bag/handbag. Sewing machines will be provided but students will need to bring their own materials/fabric for the tote bag (list of needed materials provided during registration-estimated cost $15-20). Note: Registration ends one week prior to the first day of class. Minimum registration of 4.

Date: Thursday, April 24 (Registration deadline: April 17)
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $40.00
Aimee Davis

Small Group 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: Mondays, April 21 – May 26 (Please note change in dates)
Time: 6:15-7:00 PM
Location: Greenbelt Pavilion and park area near Amphitheater
Cost: $55.00 for 6-week session
Instructor: 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

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 the Maryville Isshinryu School to offer the following classes to youth and adults. The school is the oldest martial arts school in Blount County, and is the only school accredited by the International Isshinryu Karate Association. Benefits of Karate include self-defense, as well as increased flexibility, concentration, balance, self-discipline and self-respect.

Adult Classes - Ages 12 & Up

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays
Classes are on-going with new students accepted the first of each month.
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.

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 9th (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.

Mondays, June 2 – August 4
7:00-8:00 PM
Pearson Springs Park Pavilion and Maryville Greenway
$50 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- $5 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 Hadian, Fleet Feet Sports

Triathlon Training Program

If you’re interested in triathlons but not sure whether you can swim, bike, and run the distance, then this training program can help. Shahin Hadian, owner and head coach with Fleet Feet Sports in Turkey Creek, has designed this 6-week training program for the novice triathlete who wants to complete a sprint distance triathlon. You should be able to comfortably run 20 minutes and swim a 25-yard lap non-stop to begin this program. This program will help prepare you for the Spring Sprint Triathlon on August 2nd at Springbrook Pool.

Dates: Thursdays, June 19 – July 31 (No class June 26)
An optional orientation for questions & answers is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 at 5PM at Fleet Feet Sports, 11619 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN
Time: 6:45-8:15 PM
Location: Springbrook Pool and Park (Alcoa, TN)
Cost: $100 (includes 9 hours instruction including swimming)
Shahin Hadian, Fleet Feet Sports
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim non-stop one lap of the pool (deep end)
and run comfortably for 20 minutes
Attire/Equipment Needed:
Properly fitted bicycle and helmet for biking; goggles for swimming; running shoes for running; Great attitude for enjoyment!

Also included:
  • A complete training schedule and calendar with detailed workouts during the week
  • One weekly 1.5 hour group training session with the coach; each session will begin with a pool session followed by a bike or/and run session
  • Instructions to improve your swimming, biking, running, and transitioning
  • Educational information on various topics: bike maintenance, race day prep, transition set-up and nutrition planning
  • Weekly e-mail from the coach with tips, advice and motivation/encouragement
  • Technical fiber shirt, water bottle and swim cap
Goal Race: Springbrook Sprint Triathlon (, August 2, 2014


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

Certified Yoga Instructor: Tammy Lindsay

Evening Classes

Gentle Flow for All Levels

Wednesdays, April 16 - May 21
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 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, April 14 - May 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.

6:00-7:00 PM
Everett Senior Center
$54.00 per 6-week session
$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class

Morning Classes

Wake Up & Stretch

Dates: Thursdays, April 17 - May 22
New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated.
Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollmen
t is met.
Time: 6:45-7:30 AM
Location: Everett Recreation Center
Cost: $40.00 per 6-week session


Adult Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi classes are held twice a week in 8-week sessions at the Everett and Springbrook Recreation Centers. 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
The 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
The 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*

Core Tai Chi Exercise Program
A Focus on balance training. Program includes warm –up walking, strength training exercises and tai chi exercises of the Yang form. Benefits: Participants will be encouraged to begin program sitting to progress to better balance. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $90.00*

*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 programing 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®, 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 for all Arthritis Foundation 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.

Aqua Aerobics

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

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays, June 9 – July 17
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM (after pool closes to the public)
Location: Springbrook Pool
Cost: $48.00 for 6-week session
Tabitha Travis

Golf Classes

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.

August 5, 7, 12, 14
6:00-7:00 PM
Green Meadow Pro Shop, 1700 Louisville Road, Alcoa
Scott Wilson, Class A-PGA Professional and Staff