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
Sewing Classes
Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program
Small Group Boot Camp Fitness Training Adult Pottery Classes
Photography Classes
New! Adult Kickball League

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.


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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

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

Dates: Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 1-10 (Rain Date: Sept. 15)

Session 3: Saturdays, October 17 – November 7 (Rain Date: Nov. 14)
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Location: Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts
Cost: $50.00 per session
Janie Beswick

Rock n' Roll Tennis

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This class is designed to get you moving with a “movin’ and groovin’” high energy tennis work-out with music and a full body work-out while getting great tennis instruction. From warming up to cooling down, you’ll learn how to work and communicate as a team while hitting all the shots you encounter during a match. It’s tennis, fitness and fun all in one!

Experienced Beginners – Intermediate
Dates: Saturdays, October 17 – November 7 (Rain Date: Nov. 14)
Time: 10:15-11:15 AM
Location: Sandy Springs Park Tennis Courts
Cost: $50.00 per session
Janie Beswick

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)

Photography Classes

For Ages 15 & Up

Photography for Beginners – DSLR and/or Advanced Point & Shoot (compact) Cameras

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Would you like to take better pictures with your digital camera? Or at least know what all those settings mean? If you have a DSLR or advanced point & shoot (compact) digital camera then you will love this class! We’ll discuss fundamentals of your camera controls, and you will learn about balancing lighting, ISO and exposure controls, and creative photo composition. You’ll be ready to take better pictures of friends and family at those special events!

For maximum learning, you will need to bring your DSLR or advanced point & shoot digital camera (or both, if you have them). Class size is limited – be sure to sign up quickly.

Date: Saturday, October 10
Time: 9:00 AM –1:00 PM
Location: Everett Senior Center – Computer Room
Cost: $45.00 for 4-hour session
Owen Poveda

NEW! Photography Field Class

New this fall! We’re planning a field class where you can practice your photography skills in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. We’ll meet in the morning on Saturday, October 17 and spend the day capturing photos of the area. Be sure to watch the website for more details coming soon!

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.

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

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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.

Sunday, December 6
Maryville Municipal Parking Garage
Check-in: 12:45-1:30 PM
5K Race: 2:00 PM
1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 2:45 PM
Entry forms may be obtained at the Parks & Rec. Office.
Mail form and fee to Reindeer 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, November. 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 long-sleeve T-shirt and great giveaways.

Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program

For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 9 & 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 Reindeer Run on December 6th (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, September 28 – November 30
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail
Cost: $55.00 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- $5 Discount off entry fee for the Reindeer Run 5K
- Detailed weekly training schedule
- Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
- Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
- New Balance technical t-shirt
- Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit
Shahin & Cheryl Hadian

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: Session: Wednesdays, August 26 September 30
Session: Wednesdays, October 7 November 11

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.

Session: Mondays, August 24 – September 28 (5-week session due to no class on Labor Day)
Session: Mondays, 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.

6:00-7:00 PM
Everett Senior Center
$54.00 per 6-week session (*$45.00 for 5-week session/$91.00 if combined with Get Fit Class)
$100 per 6-week session 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: Thursdays, October 8 – November 12
Session: 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)

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 8-29
Session 2: Tuesdays, October 6-27
Session 3: Tuesdays, November 3-24
Session 4: Tuesdays, February 2-23
Session 5: Tuesdays, March 1-22
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

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: Mondays, September 14 – October 26 (No class Oct. 5)
Time: 5:45-6:30 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

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 will 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 3 (Registration Deadline: Sept. 28)
Session 2: Saturday, March 12 (Registration Deadline: March 7)
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 is the owner of daisyeyes handmade - teaching others to sew and sharing her love of handmade throughout Knox and Blount Counties.


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