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New Massive Soaky Mountain Waterpark In Sevierville, TN - Now Open
Soaky Mountain Waterpark, the new, massive state-of-the-art 50-acre waterpark, located at 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn., officially opened for business today, Saturday, June 27. According to Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark, “We are so excited to be open to the public! Soaky is such a fun place for families and truly features something for all ages to enjoy...”
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Officials Announce Opening Date for New Massive Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville, TN
(SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.) -- Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks officials today announced that Soaky Mountain Waterpark will officially open for business on Saturday, June 27 at 10 am to 7 pm. The new, massive state-of-the-art 50-acre waterpark is located at 175 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tenn.
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Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country Set Opening for June 15
After much careful preparation, Dollywood Parks and Resorts start reopening beginning with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to the general public on June 17.
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Second Lady Karen Pence Highlights the Importance of Getting Outside for Mental Health
Park officials were joined by Second Lady Karen Pence and Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katherine MacGregor at Clingmans Dome to talk about the mental health benefits of being outdoors and announced the next phase in the park’s plan to restore public access to more roads and picnic areas.
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Great Smoky Mountains Media Update
The following park roads and facilities will open on Saturday, May 9 at approximately 8:00 a.m. While most trails will be open, hikers should plan ahead to choose routes with accessible trailheads for parking. Please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm to view a new video highlighting tips for a safe Smokies visit.
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Partial Reopening of City Parks and Community Center
The City of Sevierville will reopen certain areas of city parks and the Community Center on Monday, May 18, 2020. Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions.
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Sevierville Golf Club Set to Reopen Friday, May 1
As Tennessee begins to reopen the economy this week, the City of Sevierville announces the reopening of the Sevierville Golf Club, located at 1444 Old Knoxville Highway.
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Park Announces Cancellation of Synchronous Firefly Viewing Event
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have canceled the synchronous firefly viewing event in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to adhere to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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Gov. Lee Announces Safer at Home Order Will Expire April 30
Tennessee Begins Phased Reopening Next Week. Nashville, Tenn. -- Today, Governor Bill Lee announced the order for Tennesseans to remain at home will expire April 30, with the vast majority of businesses in 89 counties allowed to re-open on May 1.
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Soaky Mountain Waterpark 2020 Season Passes to Be Valid for 2021
(SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.) – Construction of the new massive 50-acre outdoor Soaky Mountain Waterpark, located across the street from the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness at the Smokies Resort, is nearing completion as crews are pouring the pool decks this week and starting on landscaping next week.
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Park and Partners Launch ‘SmokiEEEs @ Home’ during National Park Week
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to experience ‘SmokiEEEs @ Home’ during National Park Week. This new website at www.smokieees.org features videos and activities that connect students of all ages to the park from their homes by highlighting the three ‘E’s in SmokiEEEs: Explore, Entertain, and Escape.
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Middle Creek Greenway Phase III Completed
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. “This was an important section of greenway and we’re excited that it’s complete and open for use,” said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Parker.
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Sevierville Supports Governor Lee’s Executive Order #27
This afternoon, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 27, which extends Executive Orders 17, 21, 22 and 23 requiring all Tennesseans to stay at home unless engaging in essential services or activities, prohibits social gatherings of ten or more persons, and requiring non-essential businesses to remain closed, through April 30, 2020.
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Parks and Recreation Online Fitness Classes are a HIIT!
Since the Community Center is currently closed indefinitely, the fitness program staff has launched online classes available to everyone. The options include the popular HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class, Tabata Fitness, Strength, Stability and Stretch class, and many more.
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City Facility and Services Update-04/03/20
The City of Sevierville will keep residents informed of any changes to City services and facility schedules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following City services have been discontinued or are being provided at a reduced level indefinitely.
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Park Extends Closure to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention Efforts
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and Spur, will remain closed until further notice. All access to the park, including trails and roads, were originally closed on March 24 through April 6, in alignment with efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 across the region.
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Sevierville Parks Close, Golf Club to Close Tomorrow
As part of their ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Sevierville announces the following closures. All City Parks effective immediately. Signs are being posted at parks today notifying users. The City maintains City Park, Northview Optimist Park, J.B Waters-Love Addition Park, McMahan Addition Park, Forks of the River Cemetery Park, and the Hospital Greenway Trailhead Park.
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A Message to Our Visitors from Sevierville Mayor Robbie Fox
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us in every part of our lives and in every part of our country. In Sevierville, many non-essential businesses have closed. Our restaurants are closed except for drive through, take-out and delivery service. Bars are closed as are most entertainment and tourist related businesses. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood are closed as well.
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Sevierville’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Festival Canceled for 2020 in Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic
Sevierville, Tenn. – The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival, which was initially scheduled for May 15-16, 2020, due to concerns surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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Park Closes to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention Efforts
Park Closes to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention Efforts Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, will close at noon on Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, April 6, in a continuing effort to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Gov. Bill Lee Signs Executive Order 17
Gov. Bill Lee Signs Executive Order Mandating Alternative Business Models for Restaurants and Gyms, Lifts Alcohol Regulations Orders extra protections for vulnerable populations. Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models beginning at midnight CDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until midnight CDT April 6, 2020.
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Sevierville Golf Club Remains Open for Play; Clubhouse Closes
The Sevierville Golf Club will continue to be open for play however, to protect players and club staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, the clubhouse will be closed indefinitely. “We are closing the clubhouse to reduce potential exposure to players and staff,” said Club Director Craig Volentine. “We will take tee times and receive payments online and by phone, and..."
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Current Status of City Facilities and Services
The City of Sevierville will keep residents informed of any changes to City services and facility schedules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most up to date information, please click here. Currently, ALL City services remain in place.
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City Greenways and Parks Remain Open For Non-Organized Use
City of Sevierville parks and greenways are currently open for non-organized use. In an attempt to reduce the possible spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, league sponsored activities are discouraged at this time. For the health of all greenway and park users, please follow these guidelines.
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Sevierville, TN Announces Second Annual Smallmouth King Bass Tournament
Sevierville, Tenn. – The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the second annual Smallmouth King Bass Tournament on April 25-26, 2020, in Sevierville, Tennessee. Anglers will test their skills on Sevierville’s world-class bass waters in the area’s first smallmouth bass only, catch-photograph-release event.
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Dave Andrews Named General Manager For New Soaky Mountain Waterpark In Sevierville, TN
(SEVIERVILLE, Tenn.) - Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks officials today announced that Dave Andrews has been name general manager for their new 50-acre Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville, Tenn., opening summer 2020. Andrews will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and staff for the waterpark.
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Tennessee has Launched Ken Burns Country Music Pathway
Tennessee has launched their Ken Burns Country Music Pathway, which coincides with significant locations mentioned in the Country Music film which recently aired on PBS. Visitors may pick up a “passport” at Tennessee welcome centers, in the TN Vacation Guide, or by downloading it online.
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