Kingsport Aquatic Center adding 120 parking spaces to prepare for busy summer season

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KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Aquatic Center will add 120-125 additional parking spaces to prepare for the opening of the summer swim season and the outdoor water park on May 12.

Paving is scheduled to begin the week of April 27 and should be completed by May 16, weather permitting.  During construction, Kingsport Aquatic Center visitors will be directed around the construction area, which will block the main travel lanes into and out of the parking lot. Customers will instead use the travel lanes in front of the outdoor gatehouse to access the parking area, and are asked to be aware of barricades protecting workers and drivers.

The spaces will be added along the perimeter of the parking lot, and nearly all will be traditional 90-degree angle spaces, except for a few parallel parking slots. Since the center opened last May, people have parked on the grass along this perimeter during peak attendance days, swim meets or events at the adjacent YMCA. The added spaces will bring the total number of parking spots to over 500.

The centers administrators apologized for any inconvenience created by the construction project, but emphasized that the additional parking space is needed to accommodate visitors this summer.

Chris McCartt, assistant to the Kingsport city manager, said the additional parking spaces were included in the original master plan for the facility, but were not added the first year due to budget considerations.

Now that demand has proved itself – especially during the summer months – the additional parking is needed and justified, McCartt said. We have found that people continue to park on the perimeter of the parking lot in the grass area. This is where the new spaces will go.

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-sized pool, the HMG Competition pool, plus year-round swim courses and American Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from mid-May to early September. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. For more information, visit http://www.swimkingsport.com.