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March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

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Contact: Scott Bird
Moxley Carmichael


No web ‘surfing’ needed to keep up with latest aquatic developments

Anticipation is building for the mid-May opening of the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and the region’s residents and visitors can now keep up with the latest developments and news via the center’s new Facebook page at

“Every day people tell me how excited they are about the opening of the Kingsport Aquatic Center and that they look forward to taking advantage of all we’ll have to offer,” said Kari Matheney, the center’s director. “So we encourage everyone to ‘like’ the new Facebook page to keep up-to-date on the center’s progress, opening date, membership information and other news.”

Located at the foot of scenic Bays Mountain in Kingsport’s Meadowview district, the state-of-the-art facility features both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities and activities. The 46,000-square-foot inside area includes the region’s only indoor Olympic-size eight-lane, 50-meter pool; a four-lane, 25-meter, zero-entry pool specially designed for instruction and therapy; and a leisure pool with water slide. Also inside are one-meter and three-meter diving platforms. The center’s world-class pools and equipment are designed for all levels of competitive sports.

“We will offer swimming classes year-round as well as Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguarding instruction,” said Matheney. “Our programming offers a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, from kids and teens to seniors and people with disabilities, and just maybe a future Olympian.”

The outdoor water park features a large pool with a water playground and lily pad crossing, two water slides, a 900-foot lazy river and a concession area.

“We want this to be the go-to place for year-round, family-centered fun and fitness,” said Matheney.

The center will offer special seasonal and annual membership rates for Tri-Cities residents as well as daily rates for tourists and visitors. Event room rentals are available for private events such as birthday parties, meetings and other occasions.

“We invite everyone to visit us on Facebook,” Matheney said. “Then get ready to jump in, make a splash, and have some fun at the Kingsport Aquatic Center.”

About the Kingsport Aquatic Center

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region’s newest and most comprehensive indoor/outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport’s Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area’s only indoor Olympic-size pool plus year-round swim courses and Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. For more information, call 423-440-9841 or visit