20 Basically Blount 2018 Park It Here BLOUNTHASPLENTYOFPLACESTOPLAY By Sherri Gardner Howell Test your neighbor’s Blount County knowledge with this Final Jeopardy question. In the catego- ry Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Rec, the answer is: 17. How many special events does Parks & Rec hold annually? (No. There are an even dozen of those.) How many youth programs are offered throughout the year? (Sorry. Gotta get to the mid-20s to cover all those.) How many adult and senior programs are offered at the rec- reation centers and other spots around town? (Not even close. I lost count at 50.) For all the money and a chance to play again tomorrow, the an- swer is: What is, how many parks do the Parks & Rec Commission manage in Blount County? Yes, 17. Most people can name their favorite walking park, favor- ite swimming park and favorite sports park, but naming all 17 can challenge even the most knowl- edgeable resident. When it comes to a place to cookout, hold a family gathering or just relax and play, there are plenty of choices here: SPRINGBROOK PARK & ALCOA DUCK POND This park is located in Alcoa and runs from Alcoa High School to Hunt Road along Springbrook Road. Facilities include picnic areas, pavilions, lit tennis courts and softball fields, playground, READYTOPLAY Existing columns Diving boards Slide Splash pad Shade structures Zero entry pool Swim lanes Existing wall Existing Slide Springbrook Pool could have a splash pad, a climbing wall and an extra water slide in the future, according to a draft master plan.