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Face Coverings Required

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 12, 2020.

In accordance with Sullivan County Executive Order One, all businesses, organizations, or venues open to usage by members of the public in Sullivan County, Tennessee shall require the use of face coverings or masks by their employees and members of the public while inside their premises in areas accessible by the public.

Online Dog Park Registration Now Available!

GOOD NEWS!!

We are excited to announce new and existing members can now register for Kingsport’s DOGwood Park online!

Cost:

City Resident – $21.00 (1st Dog); $10 (per Additional Dog)
Non Resident – $26.00 (1st Dog); $15 (per Additional Dog)

*A merchant Fee of $3.00 Will be also be Applied to All Credit and Debit Card Payments.

Greenbelt Section Closure

Greenbelt Closure Notification: Netherland Inn Road between I-26 and Ridgefields Bridge 

KINGSPORT, TN – The City of Kingsport is currently making critical wastewater system repairs to the West Kingsport Pump Station and force main on Netherland Inn Road.  Part of the nearly $6 million project is to excavate, install and backfill a new, larger force main from the pump station at the Ridgefields Bridge to the Waste Water Treatment Plant on Industry Drive.

During the next two months (May 26 to July 28), portions of the Greenbelt will be closed in stages near Boatyard Riverfront Park.

KPR Reopenings and Closures During COVID-19

On Monday, June 1, Kingsport Parks and Recreation offices will reopen and rentals will resume with limited capacity and social distancing guidelines. We encourage those wishing to reserve rental spaces to schedule an appointment to come into the office by calling (423) 229-9457. Most parks along with the Kingsport Greenbelt have remained open to the public during the closure. Playgrounds are now open and available for use as of May 22, 2020. The Scott Adams Skate Park is now open and available for use as of June 3, 2020.

The following facilities and parks will remain CLOSED to the public until further notice:

Riverview Splash Pad
Outdoor Basketball Courts
Indoor Gymnasiums
Lynn View Community Center
*Please note, Centennial Park is open along with the restroom facility; however, the fountain IS NOT operational at this time.

CANCELLED – KPR Summer Program

The Kingsport Parks and Recreation department has made the difficult decision to cancel its Summer Program for 2020. While the decision is one out of caution for the safety and health of summer program participants, staff have come up with unique and fun ways kids can still get involved and have fun this summer!

Here are other programs your children can choose to take part in:
– Summer Program in a Box
– Pickleball
– NBA 2k
– Fortnite Fridays
– Travel Trainer

Additional programs for disc golf, archery, tennis, walking, cornhole toss, nutrition, health/wellness and much more will be offered later this summer.
Stay tuned and check out Kingsport Parks and Recreation on social media for more information about these exciting opportunities!

COVID-19 Update – Parks & Recreation Facilities/Programs

At the recommendation of the CDC and the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, and to follow the lead of the Kingsport City Schools, the City of Kingsport has decided to extend the closure of Parks and Recreation facilities to the public indefinitely. All programs and classes remain postponed until further notice.

Other updates include:
• Online registration has been extended to Monday, April 13 for the following programs: Adult Softball, 11-12 Boys Baseball, 13-15 Boys Baseball and 13-15 Girls Softball. If you have any problems registering online, please email Debbie Cutshall at DebbieCutshall@KingsportTN.gov or call 423-229-9460.
• Summer Program registrations originally slated to begin April 6 has been postponed until further notice.

Safer at Home Order – City Playgrounds Closed

Per the Executive Order from Governor Lee and at the decision of the City of Kingsport officials, playgrounds within the city will be closed beginning April 1, 2020. The playgrounds will be closed until further notice.

City park spaces, including Bays Mountain Park and the Greenbelt, will remain open and residents are encouraged to visit in small groups and continue practicing social distancing.

Kingsport would like to remind all residents to continue to follow the best practices, including washing hands correctly and as often as possible, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, leaving home only for necessary trips and of course practicing social distancing in public spaces.

Using Parks and Open Space While Maintaining Social Distancing

Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation. As organizations that support the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.

We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.

Kingsport Parks and Recreation Survey

Kingsport Parks and Rec Survey

If you want to help shape the future of Kingsport Parks and Recreation, including parks, programs and more. Please take a few minutes and fill out a quick survey!

Passport to the Parks

Passport to the Parks is a program developed specifically for Visit Kingsport where families can find information and activities about area Kingsport Parks. This will be a fun and engaging way for families to spend time together, exercise, and learn all about what Kingsport has to offer. We want families to spend the day exploring a park, completing challenges, and collecting rubbings from medallions located at specified parks.