(WJHL) — Families made their last splashes at a handful of Tennessee State Parks (TSP) pools during the 2019 season.
In a release on Monday, officials announced that several pools at Tennessee State Parks will remain closed indefinitely, citing upkeep expenses with declining usage as factors to the decision. Regionally, this includes permanent pool closures at the following locations:
- David Crockett Birthplace State Park
- Roan Mountain State Park
- Warrior’s Path State Park
- Panther Creek State Park
- Cove Lake State Park
The release revealed that these closures have allowed TSP to grant $400,000 to each park to invest in new outdoor recreations.
“The swimming pools at these parks require major maintenance upgrades while usage continues to decline,” said Jim Brysoni, the deputy commissioners of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. “We believe it is unfair to Tennessee taxpayers for the state to continue to invest in these swimming pools with rising costs and declining visitation.
“Fortunately, the Tennessee General Assembly has been very supportive of the parks in recent years, which has allowed us to allocate funding for options that are more fiscally responsible to taxpayers and that visitors can enjoy year-round. We first want to hear from visitors of the parks about what they would prefer and use.”
While these pools only operated on 70 days throughout the year, organizers are working to brainstorm new activities that can be enjoyed year-round.
There will be community meetings for members to voice any ideas moving forward.
Those locations and dates are included below:
- David Crockett Birthplace State Park — Monday, Dec. 13 from 5-6 p.m. at Limestone Ruritan building at 121 Limestone Ruritan Road
- Roan Mountain State Park — Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 5-6 p.m. at the conference center at 1015 Highway 143
- Warriors Path State Park — Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 5-6 p.m. at the recreation hall at 490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport