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Lots to do at Town Community Center

I recently got an invitation from some friends to play pick-up basketball at the Community Center. We had a great time at this amazing facility, which is available to the public for $2 per person per hour. The new floor played really well and has a lot of light and a very open feel. 

My family and I really appreciate Farragut’s many recreational opportunities because we love staying active. While I think most people know about the fields and playgrounds at Farragut’s four parks, I’m not sure everybody knows what’s available at the Community Center.

The Town wanted this type of facility for years before it finally became a reality last year. Unfortunately, the doors opened just a few weeks before the world shut down. 

The good news is that the Community Center is once again buzzing with activity. My favorite program, of course, is Open Gym. Open Gym hours are Mondays from 12 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

During this time, you can reserve the gym (half court or full court) for basketball, pickleball, kickball, dodgeball, badminton or lap walking. (If you reserve the entire gym, the cost is $4 per person.) The friendly staff at the Community Center can set you up with equipment — just let them know what you need when you make your reservation. Call the Parks & Rec office at 865-218-3376 to schedule gym time. 

The Parks & Rec Department has two new gym programs. One is Toddler Takeover, which was wildly popular as Toddler Open Gym before COVID shut it down. This is an opportunity for toddlers to play with fun equipment made just for them, like tunnels, foam blocks and rocking horses with parental supervision. It’s from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and is $2 per toddler (walking to 5 years old) and free for parents. 

Since pickleball has become an amazingly popular activity, a special time has been designated just for that. From 12 to 5 each Friday, the gym will be set up for pickleball. No reservations are required – players can show up with a paddle and join a game. All skill levels are welcome and the cost is $2 per person per hour. 

If you’re not interested in sports but would like to visit the Community Center, the Farragut Art Show is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 27. It’s a free event, so this is a great chance to see the Assembly Hall, which is available for rentals, as well as the rest of the Community Center. 

I’m so proud that Farragut offers recreational opportunity for everyone, from toddlers to seniors. It even has exercise classes that meet each week. Take a look at to see a weekly calendar. There’s something for everybody at the Farragut Community Center! I hope to see you there.