As 2020 begins, the Knoxville Recreation Center and Parks and Recreation Department would like to celebrate the exciting happenings from 2019 and take a look into plans for 2020.

In the Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department, we have been diligently working on completing several projects around the city.

We updated the signage at all of our city parks and recreation facilities. Young’s Park, just off of Highway 14 by the VA, had another stage completed with the addition of a new Skate Park, Rope Climber, restroom and shelter structure.

A new Parks Shop for maintenance and storage was also built.

The new tennis courts feature four lighted courts and outdoor basketball courts on the west side of the Recreation Center. The courts have received lots of good use throughout this past year.

The dog park is becoming increasingly popular and the end of 2019 saw the beginning of the upgrade project to be completed in the spring of 2020. The existing light poles were removed in the fall.

During the spring of 2020, the existing fencing and dugouts will be removed and a new fence will be installed to cover a 360-foot by 160-foot area. There will be a fence separating the large dog area that will be 100 feet wide and the small dog area that will be 60 feet wide.

Each area will have its own entry area and a shade structure will be put up to equally cover a section of each side of the dog park.

To obtain a permit to use the dog park, visit the Knoxville Veterinary Clinic or Animal Health Center of Knoxville.

Competine Trail will begin its expansion in the spring of 2020. The new addition to the trail will take it from the hospital to Highway 14, then from Gordon St./ Streeter St. to Roche St, then from Roche St. to 5th St.

This expansion will give the trail a total of around two miles of paved trail. This is the first extension of the trail since 2005.

The Knoxville Recreation Center added a new playground with a section for 2-5 year old children and a section for 5-12 year old children.

We are very proud to offer a wide variety of fitness classes both on land and in the water with our highly trained and certified instructors. Our wellness staff all have fitness, personal training, and/or nutrition certifications to better assist our clients in their fitness journey. We offer over 30 fitness classes a week including cardio, strength, HIIT and mind/body classes.

Our first class begins at 5:10 a.m. and our last class of the day is at 6:30 p.m. All of our classes are adaptable to a variety of levels and abilities and we have a series of classes designed for seniors and beginning exercisers.

We also offer a variety of youth activities including soccer, basketball, swim team, swim lessons and more.

In October of 2019, we welcomed a new office manager, Lauren Petersen.

The 2020 year will bring some new improvements to the Recreation Center including painting the pool in April and the installation of new diving blocks and a new diving board.

We will have a new classes on our January fitness class schedule and a New Year, New You Fitness Extravaganza on January 11.

If you are interested in learning more about our programs or becoming a member, give us a call at 641-828-0580. The facility is open seven days a week.

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