Local State Park Pools Won’t Reopen Outside


NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks will be soliciting comments from visitors to five parks in northeastern Tennessee in meetings beginning Monday to discuss pool replacement options currently at those parks.

Parks officials have announced that the pools will not reopen at David Crockett Birthplace State Park, Roan Mountain State Park, Warriors Path State Park, Panther Creek State Park and the park Cove Lake State. The pools were closed in 2020 and 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. Reopening of swimming pools is impossible due to aging facilities, lower visits before COVID-19 and high spending.

Tennessee State Parks has allocated $ 400,000 to each park to invest in new outdoor recreation activities. State park officials encourage Tennessee residents to voice their opinions on alternative outdoor recreational options year-round at each park.

“The pools in these parks require major maintenance upgrades as usage continues to decline. We believe it is unfair to Tennessee taxpayers that the state continues to invest in these swimming pools with increasing costs and declining visits, ”said Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner for the Department of the Environment and Conservation of Tennessee. Fortunately, the Tennessee General Assembly has been very supportive of the parks in recent years, which has allowed us to allocate funds to options that are more fiscally responsible for taxpayers and that visitors can enjoy year round. We want to hear from park visitors first about what they would prefer and use.

The funds for each park will go to options that can be used throughout the year. Pools, on the other hand, only operate 70 days a year.

• At David Crockett Birthplace National Park, the pool is 46 years old and visits are down.

• At Roan Mountain State Park, the pool is 41 years old and visits are down.

• At Warriors Path State Park, the pool is 59, tours are down, a public pool exists nearby, and swimming in the lake is available.

• At Panther Creek State Park, the pool is 36 years old, visits are down, lake swimming opportunities exist, and a public wading pool is five miles away.

• At Cove Lake State Park, the pool is 72 years old and visits are down.

Anyone can attend the following meetings:

• Monday – David Crockett Birthplace State Park, 5-6 p.m., Limestone Ruritan, 121 Limestone Ruritan Road, Limestone 37681

• Tuesday – Roan Mountain State Park, 5-6 p.m., Conference Center, 1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain 37687

• Tuesday – Cove Lake State Park, 5-6 p.m. – Recreation Building, 110 Cove Lake Lane, Caryville 37714

• Wednesday – Warriors Path State Park, 5-6 p.m. Recreation Hall, 490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport 37663

• Monday, December 20 – Panther Creek State Park, 5-6 p.m. – Visitor Center, 2010 Panther Creek Park Road, Morristown 37814


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