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After much consideration, the City of Kingsport has made the decision to begin a rolling reopening of its leisure services facilities beginning on Monday, March 1.

Many of Kingsport’s facilities have been open throughout the last year, providing programs and recreation to citizens in safe ways. As more facilities reopen or expand programming at a reduced capacity, all COVID-19 safety protocols—including social distancing and mask-wearing—will remain in place.

“We are very excited to open more of our facilities and programs for our citizens,” said Assistant City Manager Michael Borders. “We appreciate your patience during this time, and we hope that circumstances will allow us to continue the gradual reopening of our facilities and programs.”

Please note that the following information is subject to change as the city continues to receive recommendations from the Sullivan County Health Department and the CDC.


Kingsport Public Library
Open for browse and go and computer use by appointment, Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The library will continue curbside service and virtual programming.


Kingsport Senior Center

Main site will reopen on Monday, March 1, and the Lynn View branch site will reopen on Monday, March 15. To ensure limited capacity, on Mondays and Wednesdays, senior members who were born in an even year will be able to use the facilities. Senior members born in an odd year will be able to use the facilities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours will be 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Senior Center main site, and 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lynn View branch site.


Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium
Herpetarium and lower level of the Nature Center will reopen. The park will resume barge rides again for spring, and will continue to increase its other program offerings with limited capacity.

Kingsport Parks and Recreation
Begin to offer facilities for tournament rentals and will reopen outdoor basketball courts. Facility rentals and city programs have continued to operate based on limited capacity.


Kingsport Aquatic Center

Currently open for reservations only for lap swim and has continued offering swim lessons and aerobics based on social distancing guidelines. There are no schedule or program changes at this time.


Kingsport Carousel

Open as of Saturday, February 13. Rentals are available through the Office of Cultural Arts.