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May 12, 2017

John Sevier Pool Restoration Complete, Dedication Ceremony Announced

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Just in time for warmer weather, Blount County residents will make a splash this summer.

Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Tennessee Parks and Recreation Commission announced the completion of restoration work on the John Sevier Pool located at 1998 Sequoyah Avenue in Maryville.

Built in 1970, the pool was in need of significant renovations, bringing the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In July 2014, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced a $250,000 grant for the John Sevier Pool Renovation Project. The grant came from the Local Park and Recreation Fund (LPRF) of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). This grant was also met by a matching contribution by the City of Maryville.

Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission Executive Director Joe Huff expressed the upgrades to the building could increase the usage of the Maryville pool.

“This building is just the beginning,” said Huff. “This is a really big improvement that will draw more residents to the pool and enable us to accommodate a larger capacity. We’re grateful for the grant from TDEC that made these important renovations possible.”

A dedication ceremony and celebration for the pool will take place Friday, May 26 at 11:15 a.m. at the John Sevier Pool, with the pool opening to the public at 12:00 p.m.

Alcoa-based general contractor Hickory Construction, Inc., who in 2006 performed renovations to the Springbrook Pool in Alcoa, was selected for the restoration. The company added roof ventilation, increased the restroom facility and shower size, and created a new place for the lifeguards and an improved concession area. A new roof, doors and windows were affixed. LED lighting, epoxy floors and paint were added to the entire structure with accent stencils. Exterior work included a new drainage system and removal of the deck area leading from the facilities building to the pool, providing additional access. The building is now approximately 4,400 square feet.

Hickory Construction’s Vice President of Commercial Operations Chris Duncan led the project.

“We’re pleased to see the John Sevier Pool open back up for the community,” said Duncan. “The pool is a valuable asset for Blount County residents. Hickory Construction is honored to have worked on this project that will provide a place people can come together, enjoy and stay active. We’re excited to share these renovations with the public at the dedication ceremony.”

The public is encouraged to attend the dedication ceremony and celebrate the opening of the pool. To RSVP or find out more information, e-mail Debbie Caughron at dpcaughron@maryville-tn.gov.

Visit the Parks and Recreation Commission website at https://www.parksrec.com/john-sevier-pool.html to view pool hours, rules and regulations and admission fees.

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