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Year-round playscapes to replace pools at seven state parks

Seven Tennessee State Parks will be receiving learning playscapes, a new year-round outdoor recreation feature. Cove Lake State Park near Caryville and Jacksboro, David Crockett Birthplace State Park near Greeneville and Tusculum, David Crockett State Park near Lawrenceburg, Harrison Bay State Park near Chattanooga and Lakesite, Norris Dam State Park near Norris and Rocky Top, and Warriors Path State Park near Kingsport will all see playscapes replace swimming pools that closed in 2021. The nature-based playscape will combine the fun of a play area with the opportunity to learn and appreciate the outdoors and natural environment. Research shows that children thrive on many levels when they are provided outdoor education. The playscapes will help children connect with nature with a hands-on experience and will be available year-round. Work is expected to begin this year on the site, including equipment, surfacing, and ADA-compliant design. The project has been approved by the State Building Commission.