Karate Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running
Adult Softball
Kite Festival
Special Olympics Yoga
Square Dancing Adult Volleyball
Pickleball Tennis
Adult Basketball
Adult Kickball
Aqua Aerobics
Pottery Classes
Sewing Classes 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.


Click Here for information regarding Adult Softball.

Click Here for information regarding Adult Co-ed Kickball.

Click Here for information regarding Adult Basketball.

Click Here for information regarding Adult Volleyball.


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 In No Time

Click Here to Register

This class is designed for new players. Bring a friend and learn the basics in four classes.

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12-21 (Rain Date: July 26)
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $50.00 per session
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Instructor: Janie Beswick

Cardio Tennis

Click Here to Register

This high energy class with music is designed to get you moving by combing the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise for a calorie burning work-out. It’s tennis, fitness, and fun all in one for all levels of players

Experience: Beginner – Intermediate
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12-21 (Rain Date: July 26)
Time: 7:15-8:15 PM
Cost: $50.00 per session
Jack Murphy Tennis Courts at Sandy Springs Park
Instructor: Janie Beswick
Items Needed: Tennis racquet, athletic attire, water bottle, tennis shoes

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
8:00-10:00 AM May–August
9:00-11:00 AM September–April
*Start times 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 Becky Paramore at 865-307-1088 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

2016 Annual

Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running

Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 9), the Scholars Run (August 13) and the Reindeer Run (December 4).  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. Click Here for details regarding the 2015 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running.

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

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.

Date: Saturday, August 13
Location: Maryville College – Cooper Athletic Center
Time: Check-in: 6:45-7:30 AM
5K Race: 8:00 AM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:45 AM
Registration: Entry forms may be obtained at the Parks & Rec. Office.
Mail form and fee to Scholars Run: 316 S. Everett High Rd., Maryville, TN 37804
On-line registration available at for an additional fee.
If pre-registered at Parks & Rec. or online by Monday, August 8:
Adults $20.00 Students (18 & under) $18.00
Day of race: Adults $25.00 Students $20.00
Cost includes a race T-shirt (add $1.50 for XXL 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, May 25 – June 29*
Session: Wednesdays, July 13 – August 17
Session: Wednesdays, August 24 – September 28*
Session: Wednesdays, October 5 – November 9*
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 per 6-week session
$100.00 per 6-week session if combined with Get Fit class (*$91.00 if combined with Get Fit class due to no class Memorial Day, Labor Day & Halloween)

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, May 23 – June 27* (No class May 30 due to Memorial Day)
Session: Mondays, July 11 – August 15
Session: Mondays, August 22 – September 26* (No class September 5 due to Labor Day)
Session: Mondays, October 3 – November 7* (No class October 31 due to Halloween)
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
(*$45.00 for 5-week session/$91.00 if combined with Gentle Flow class)

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. This year, we’re adding another fun week to the session! As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates: Mondays & Thursdays, June 6 – July 25 (No class July 4)
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM (after pool closes to the public)
Location: Springbrook Pool
Cost: $70.00 for 7-week session (14 classes)
New participants may join class at any time - cost will be prorated. Registration taken in office only once classes have started. 
Tabitha Travis

Beginner Sign Language Course

For Ages 15 & Up

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! This class is also open to those who have taken it before and would like a refresher. You can repeat it as many times as you like. A minimum enrollment of 8 is required.

Dates: Session 1: Thursdays, August 25 – September 29
Session 2: Thursdays, October 13 – November 17
Location: Everett Senior Center
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Cost: $70.00 for 6-week session with all course materials included
$55.00 for participants repeating the class who already have book
Carol LaCava, Coordinator of Educational Interpreting at UTK, and nationally certified interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

Adult Pottery Classes

Introduction to Throwing

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.

Session 1: Tuesdays, September 6-27
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 4-25
Session 3: Tuesdays, November 1-22
Session 4: Tuesdays, February 7-28
Session 5: Tuesdays, March 7-28
5:00-6:30 PM
Studio 212, 217 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
$80.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)
Leanne Moe

Sewing Classes for Adults

School of Sewing

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 5-hour workshop. In this class, we will learn the basics of how a sewing machine works, how to read a pattern, and we’ll make a simple skirt. You’ll leave feeling confident that you can sew on your own! Don’t have a sewing machine? The instructor has 3 machines available for use.

Dates: Session 1: Saturday, October 22 (Registration Deadline: October 17)
Session 2: Saturday, March 4 (Registration Deadline: February 27)
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Bring a lunch!)
Location: Springbrook Recreation Center – Room 102
Cost: $80.00 ($65 for workshop plus $15 materials fee)
Aimee Davis


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 Ole Olson at or visit