What: Sevierville Parks and Recreation Baseball and Softball Fields Reopen
Where: Sevierville, TN
When: Effective Thursday, May 28, 2020
Effective today, Thursday, May 28, all baseball and softball fields located at Sevierville City Park and Northview Optimist Park have reopened. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s latest executive order allows for the reopening of these areas while recommending that users continue to practice social distancing and personal hygiene.
“Being able to enjoy outdoor activities is especially valuable as we continue to endure the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Parker. “We stress the importance of complying with guidance from the CDC and State when engaging in recreational activities, so that we can continue to slow the spread of this virus.”
For more information from the City regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.seviervilletn.org and click on the COVID-19 information link on the home page.
Sevierville Parks and Recreation Announces Facility and Program Reopening’s
The Sevierville Department of Parks and Recreation, in keeping with State and CDC guidelines and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, will be reopening certain facilities and programs. All public and work areas will be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with State and CDC guidelines.
The Family Aquatics Center at City Park will open for the 2020 season on Monday, June 8.
• Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
• Closed on Sundays for deep cleaning until further notice.
• Based on bather load guidelines, daily attendance for public swim will be limited to 435 paid visitors.
The Civic Center will reopen on Monday, June 1 for scheduled events only.
• Visitors’ temperatures will be monitored upon entry. Those with temperatures in excess of 100.4 degrees will be asked to leave.
• Social distancing will be required for all events and will include one-way entrances/exits and floor markings.
• Meeting areas will be limited to 50% capacity. LeConte Auditorium 50% capacity will be 135 persons; Council Hall 50% capacity will be 35 persons.
• Access will be limited to one-way in and one-way out of the building.
The Community Center is currently open in a limited capacity. The following changes will take effect on Monday, June 1.
• Operating hours will expand to 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The building is normally closed on Sunday throughout the summer.
• Blalock Natatorium (indoor pool) will reopen.
• Reservations are required to use the Fitness Center, indoor pool and take fitness classes.
• Lockers and shower facilities will remain closed.
• Use of the indoor pool for exercise will be allowed by reservation only and limited to one hour per person.
• Water exercise classes will be available by reservation only with limited capacity.
• An additional aerobics class will be scheduled at 5:30 p.m.
• Bowling Center Hours will expand to 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Individuals/groups will be limited to one hour and reservations are encouraged (865-868-1874.) You must be over 16-years old or accompanied by an adult parent/guardian to bowl.
• Children’s programs remain postponed through June. It is hoped that the Summer Camp program will be available in July and August.
• Basketball and racquetball Courts remain closed.
Outdoor parks and greenways will remain open with certain restrictions.
• Social distancing is required.
• Playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields remain closed.
• All other facilities remain open.
What: Partial Reopening of City Parks and Community Center
Where: Sevierville, TN
When: Monday, May 18, 2020
The City of Sevierville will reopen certain areas of city parks and the Community Center on Monday, May 18, 2020.
In keeping with guidance from the State of Tennessee and CDC, visitors to all indoor and outdoor facilities should remember the following:
• Don’t come to the community center or parks if you are sick;
• Maintain social distancing of at least six feet;
• Keep groups to less than ten persons;
• Wash or sanitize hands frequently; and
• Consider wearing a cloth mask when near other persons.
Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions, including:
• All playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and swimming pools remain closed indefinitely;
• Walking trails and tennis courts are open, social distancing of at least six feet will be enforced;
• Picnic shelters will be open, but groups must be less than ten persons;
• The PetSafe Dog Park is open, but each area (small dog and large dog) will be limited to less than ten persons and each person is limited to 45 minutes per visit; and
• Cemetery Park will be limited to less than ten people.
Some areas of the Sevierville Community Center will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions. The gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and racquetball courts remain closed indefinitely. All children’s programs are suspended indefinitely.
The Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Some classes will also be available. To enhance social distancing, fitness equipment has been relocated, classes will be held in the gymnasium, and limits are in place on the number of users and participants. Additional requirements include:
• In order to comply with State guidance, reservations are required to use the Fitness Center and attend classes. Reservations may be made beginning May 11 online at CLICK HERE or by phone at 865-453-5441. Non-members can pay fees online or upon arrival. (All current memberships have been extended for two months at no charge.) When making a reservation, persons will be asked several questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms;
• Visitors will be limited to one hour or one class per visit;
• Visitors will be required to pass through a body temperature sensor upon arrival. Those with a body temperature of above 100.4 will not be permitted entry;
• Visitors will be required to sanitize their hands upon arrival and departure;
• Social distancing measures will be in place and maintained; and
• Only persons 18 years old or older will be permitted in the Fitness Center and classes.
The Bowling Center will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Requirements include:
• Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 865-868-1874 beginning May 11;
• Persons under 18-years old must be accompanied by an adult;
• Bowlers will be limited to one hour per visit;
• Only five lanes will be open to comply with social distancing guidelines;
• All bowlers must provide and wear a cloth mask; and
• Bowling ball selection will be limited. Bowlers are encouraged to bring a personal bowling ball if available.
Parks and Recreation employees will be taking several measures to enhance the safety of visitors and themselves, including:
• Following CDC guidelines for sanitizing public areas;
• Wearing masks in most situations;
• Sanitizing work areas periodically; and
• Sanitizing equipment and public areas periodically.
Joint Statement on 2020 Spring Youth Baseball and Softball Season
Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Spring 2020 Season
The following is a joint statement from the Sevierville Parks and Recreation Department, the Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department, and the Smoky Mountain Youth Baseball Association.
Under the guidelines provided by Governor Bill Lee in the Tennessee Pledge recommending that all youth sports league activity remain closed until at least May 29, 2020, it is the decision of the Sevierville Parks and Recreation Department, the Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department and SMYBA, to cancel the Spring 2020 youth baseball and softball season.
While this is a difficult and disappointing decision for everyone, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of the children in Sevier County. For the first time ever, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and SMYBA will be having a joint Fall 2020 baseball and softball league season beginning in late August 2020.
If your child or your team was registered for the Spring 2020 season and is interested in playing in the fall, the Spring 2020 registration fee will rollover to the fall. However, if you would prefer to receive a refund for the Spring 2020 season, please contact the department where you paid your fees. For Sevierville/SMYBA, call the Sevierville Parks and Recreation Athletic Department at 865-453-6946; for the Pigeon Forge Parks and Recreation Department, call 865-617-8831.
Thank you all very much for your understanding and your passion for our children and for the sport and we apologize for the inconvenience this has caused everyone. We hope to see everyone this fall on the ball field!
The newest section of City greenway was approved by TDOT last week. The Middle Creek Greenway Phase III project provides connectivity for residents in east Sevierville.
The $850,000.00 project (80% TDEC funding, 20% City funding) includes a new 12’ wide bridge that provides safe passage over Middle Creek parallel to Dolly Parton Parkway, and connects the Boys and Girls Club to both the Municipal Complex, King Family Library and the Sevierville Intermediate and Middle schools on High Street.