ADULT PROGRAMS

Pre-Registration is Required for Most Programs. Watch for new programs and events throughout the year! As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program. Refer to our refund policy for information on class withdrawals and cancellations.

NEWS AND IMPORTANT UPDATES

 

ADULT KARATE INSTRUCTION (Ages 12 & Up)

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.  For more information, visit the school’s website at https://maryvillekarateschool.wordpress.com/

Dates

Mondays & Thursdays - Classes ongoing, new students accepted at anytime.

Location

Springbrook Recreation Center

1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa, TN 37701

Time

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Cost

$120.00 per quarter (3 months) - family rates available

Registration

Taken on-site at the Springbrook Recreation Center.

For more information, please contact Mike Lewis at 865-984-0413 or email at mlewis@renasant.com or Pete Simmons at 865-599-0452 or email at pete.simmons@charter.net

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

HIKING IN THE SMOKIES

For individuals or families of all ages – minimum Age 5. Charles Maynard and Hal Hubbs, authors of Family Hiking in the Smokies: Time Well Spent and Waterfalls of the Smokies, will lead a series of family friendly hikes in the Smokies. Hikes will take place on some of the Park’s classic trails, with some often overlooked gems also being explored. During the hikes, Charles and Hal will share stories of the Smokies’ history and natural splendor. Hikes will be family-oriented on easy to moderate difficulty trails.

Cost: $5.00 per person per hike.  Pre-registration is required, with limited space available for each hike.

 

Participants will meet at 8:00 AM at the Everett Recreation Center on the day of hike.

 

Saturday, August 18 - Middle Prong Trail  This 1.3 mile roundtrip walk is an easy one for folks of all ages and offers children ample opportunities to play in the creek. There are also numerous “artifacts” left behind that help tell the story of this area.

 

Saturday, September 8 - Pine Oak Nature Trail  This 1.5 mile roundtrip trail begins in the back of the Cades Cove Campground. A steep quarter mile climb leads to the summit. Walking along the summit for about 1/2 mile and then a gentle decent through hardwood forest brings you back to the start of the trail. There are views of the surrounding mountains. Trees are labeled for identification.

 

Saturday, October 27 - Spruce Flats  This 1.9 mile roundtrip moderately difficult hike takes hikers back to the 4 cascades that make up Spruce Flats Falls. The early history of the park is on full display as hikers will be able to see the difference in the forest make up, as it was one of the last areas in the park that was logged.

 

Saturday, December 1 - John Oliver Cabin  This 2.5 mile round trip takes you to the home site of one of Cades Cove’s first settlers. This cabin was inhabited up until the creation of the Park in the 1930s. This easy hike gives families the opportunity to step back in time to see what early life in the Smokies looked like.

NEW! RUNKNOX HALF-MARATHON TRAINING

Have you been thinking about increasing your miles or trying more than just a 5K run? The RunKNOX mission is to develop a bonded community of runners who achieve balanced, healthy lifestyles and reach individual potential through the support of group training and the guidance of experienced coaches. Whether you are brand new to running, targeting a personal record race performance, or just looking to log miles with friends, we have a space for you in our group.

 

Each week you will receive the “RunDOWN” Newsletter. This email contains important training information for the upcoming week. Included are the week’s workout schedules, tips and tricks for better understanding of the sport, and an opportunity to highlight each other’s achievements.

 

There are currently up to five workout opportunities each week (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat) if you want to do multiple trainings, with dates, times and locations to be announced. RunKnox believes in a well-rounded fitness program. Yes, you have to run to get better at running, but we want you healthy and strong. We offer weekly BOOT CAMP workouts and YOGA, currently in Knoxville, to keep you balanced. There is no need to be intimidated. Everyone can participate, as our instructors are great at modifying each workout to your specific needs/abilities.

 

This 12-week training program is ideal for targeting a late November or early December half marathon or one in the near future.  Perfect for RunLoCo, St. Judes-Memphis, Kiawah, Rockin’ Santa, or other similar time frame race.  Please be prepared to specify your goal race (if you have one) so we can plan accordingly.

 

For Ages 18 & up, and youth Ages 12 & 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.

Running Dates

Tuesdays, September 11 – December 4 (No class Oct. 2)

Cost

$120.00 for the 12-week session which includes:

- Weekly run class

- Once a week Yoga and Bootcamp training session

- Saturday option run in Knox

- Shirt

- Weekly email with a training schedule

Age

For Ages 18 & up, and youth Ages 12 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course.

Location:

Springbrook Park Pavilion, Trail and Neighborhood

Instructors

Knoxville Track Club Instructors

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS (Ages 15 & Up)

DSLR and/or Advanced Digital Cameras

Would you like to take better pictures with your digital camera but don’t know where to start? In this class, you’ll learn how to get the most out of your camera and take great photos of your favorite people and places.

You’ll learn the answers to questions like:

“What are all these buttons and settings on my camera and why should I use them?”

“What is photo composition and why should I care?"

“I took some great pictures! What’s the best way to put them online for everyone to see or print them and hang them on my wall?”

Be sure to bring your camera to class. This isn’t a “listen to the teacher talk” class. We’ll be learning hands on.

Class size is limited so sign up quickly!

Dates:

Tuesdays, September 4-25

Time:

7:00-8:00 PM

Location:

Springbrook Recreation Center, 1537 Dalton Street, Alcoa

Cost:

$45.00 for 4-week session

Instructor:

Brad Coulter

PICKLEBALL

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 Patsy Bales at 865-660-5467, bales2925@charter.net or visit the USA Pickleball Association.

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; ᅠthe second firing will make the pottery safe for food and drink, ᅠas well as use in the microwave and dishwasher.  We use only health-approved clays and glaze-materials. ᅠCourse fee includes clay and all firing and glaze materials.

Session 1: Tuesdays, September 4-25, 2018

Session 2: Tuesdays, October 2-23, 2018

Session 3: Tuesdays, November 6-27, 2018

Session 4: Tuesdays, February 5-26, 2019

Session 5: Tuesdays, March 5-26, 2019

Dates

Location

Studio 212, 934 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville 37804

Time

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Cost

$80.00 per 4-week session (includes all materials)

Instructor

Leanne Moe

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RUN 4 FUN RUNNING PROGRAM

For Ages 18 & up, and youth Ages 12 & 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. Class includes running education, running, core work, stretching, and cooldown. 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 at the Reindeer Run on December 2nd (which is totally optional).  The 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 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 your running journey in a supportive environment.  In Run 4 Fun, 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

Tuesdays, September 18 – November 27, 2018  (No class Oct. 2)

Time

6:00-7:00 PM

Location

Springbrook Park Pavilion and Trail

Registration

$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
  • Shirt
  • Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit

Instructors

Tim Spicer & Running Coaches

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WAGON WHEELERS WESTERN SQUARE DANCE

This group for all ages 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 September 18th. If you are interested in learning Western Square Dance or are an experienced dancer, please contact Gary Ringler at 865-233-7744 for more information.

ADULT TENNIS INSTRUCTION & LEAGUES

Rain Policy: All participants are responsible for calling Parks & Rec. at 865-983-9244 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 canceled with the make-up date determined by the instructor.

 

Items needed for all tennis classes: Tennis racquet, athletic attire, water bottle, tennis shoes

Tennis in No Time

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

Dates

Session 1: Wednesdays & Fridays, August 22, 24, 29 & September 5 (Rain Date: Sept. 7)

Session 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 16, 18, 23, 25 (Rain Date: Oct. 30)

Time

Session 1:  6:00-7:00 PM

Session 2: 9:00-10:00 AM

Cost

$55.00

Location

John Sevier Tennis Courts

Instructor

LuAnne Zelasko

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Co-ed 50+ Senior Tennis Play Days

A group of senior tennis players meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the John Sevier Tennis Courts 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.

Experience

Any level

Dates

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Location

John Sevier Tennis Courts

Time

9:00-11:00 AM March–April/September–November

8:00-10:00 AM May–August
*Start times based on season

Equipment

Participants must provide their own racquet and 1 can of balls

Cost

Free! Pre-registration required at 789-6165.

Instructor

 Jerry Tuggle

Doubles Tennis Clinic

Want to improve your doubles play or learn how to play doubles?  In this clinic, you’ll learn doubles strategy with tennis drills that you can apply to your double play.  Bring a tennis partner.  Both players need to register.  (If you do not have a partner, you can be added to the waiting list for a partner).  Open to male and female players.

Dates

Session: Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 16, 18, 23, 25 (Rain Date: Oct. 30)

Time

6:00-7:00 PM

Cost

$55.00 per session

Location

John Sevier Tennis Courts

Instructor

LuAnne Zelasko

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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, July 25 – August 29, 2018

Session: Wednesdays, September 12 – October 17, 2018

Session: Wednesdays, October 24 – November 28, 2018

Session: Wednesdays, December 5, 2018 – January 9, 2019

 

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Location

Everett Senior Center

Time

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost

$54.00 per 6-week session

$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class ($82.00 if combined with 4-week session)

Instructor

Tammy Lindsay

Get Fit Yoga

This class combines the basic aspects of beginner-advanced yoga and adds strength training through core exercise and more.

Dates

Session: Mondays, July 23 – August 27, 2018

Session: Mondays, September 10 – October 15, 2018

Session: Mondays, October 22 – November 26, 2018

Session: Mondays, December 3, 2018 – January 7, 2019  (4-week session due to no class on December 24 & 31)

 

New participants may join class at any time during a session - cost prorated

Classes will continue every 6 weeks if minimum enrollment is met.

Location

Everett Senior Center

Time

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost

$54.00 per 6-week session

$36.00 for 4-week session

$100 per 6-week session if combined with Gentle Flow class ($82.00 if combined with 4-week session)

Instructor

Tammy Lindsay

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SMALL GROUP BOOT CAMP FITNESS TRAINING (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, October 15 – November 19, 2018 (Rain Date: Nov. 26)

Location

Greenbelt Pavilion and park area near Amphitheater

Time

5:30-6:30 PM

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

REGISTER ONLINE

WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN

"SISTERHOOD BOOT CAMP" (Ages 15 & Up)

Need to get started on a fitness routine, or 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 toning exercises, speed and agility drills, plyometrics, etc. With a little bit of effort and commitment, you will learn how to work toward a more toned, leaner body, increase your strength, endurance, and self-confidence, have a new appreciation for working out, and maybe gain 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 experienced beginner and intermediate participants. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Dates

Session 1: Saturday, September 8

Session 2: Saturday, October 27

Session 3: Saturday, November 17

Registration taken 2 weeks prior to each session.

Time

9:00-10:00 AM

Location

Greenbelt Pavilion near Amphitheater

Cost

Free! Pre-registration required at www.parksrec.com or at Parks & Rec.

Instructors

Tammye Wright and Other Certified Fitness Instructors

Supplies Needed

Comfortable athletic clothing, tennis shoes, water bottle, Yoga/stretching mat

REGISTER ONLINE

*NEW* CANOEING DAY TRIPS AND OVERNIGHT

CAMPING TRIPS

With all the beautiful lakes in Blount County and the surrounding areas, what better way to get out and explore these places than on a guided canoe trip? Led by staff with years of canoe touring and trip leading experience. All canoe gear will be provided, so all you need to do is register and show up and our staff will do the rest. These trips are geared for all skill levels. Whether you are interested in trying canoeing for the first time, are looking for an opportunity to learn new trip locations, or just looking for a group of people to canoe with, our staff will provide you with an enriching and enjoyable experience. For overnight camping trips, staff will teach participants the ins and outs of camping during the course also. Participants will need to provide their own camping gear, or gear can be rented for a small fee. Ages 14 & up, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian also enrolled in the course. Watch for more information coming soon.

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