Stephanie Porter-Nichols | Smyth County News and Messenger
After sitting idle since 2020, the pool at Holston Hills Golf Course is open again thanks to a new partnership between course operators and the Lifetime Wellness Center (LWC).
The LWC, which operates community health centers in Marion and Saltville, now manages and operates the pool. The Marion Center already has an indoor pool, but Holston Hills offers an outdoor pool with views of the mountains and countryside and space for sun loungers and relaxation.
LWC Executive Director Bob Watkins said: “We hope that with the addition of the outdoor pool, we will be able to provide a fun and safe atmosphere for families and individuals to continue their fitness activities at the ‘outside during the summer heat.’
The Holston Hills Pool will merge fun and fitness with “dive movies”, night swims, Aqua Blast classes, lessons and parties.
Allison Johnson, LWC Aquatics Manager, is excited about the potential of the outdoor pool.
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“The LWC that operates the Holston Hills Pool opens up a whole new level of recreation and programming for our members as well as the community,” Johnson said.
The Holston Hills pool, she noted, is not only open to LWC and golf course members, but offers day rates, and summer membership options are also available.
In a prepared statement, Watkins said the LWC is doing “everything possible to help the county meet all of its health and wellness needs.”
Johnson further explained that families and individuals can purchase seasonal passes for the Holston Hills pool or pay a $7 per day fee to use it.
Additionally, she said, “We offer affordable swimming lessons for all ages as well as access to great aqua lessons at both of our facilities. We also have nightly swims and “dive movies” scheduled throughout the summer at Holston Hills Pool which are chargeable at the door and open to all members of the community.
For those looking to host a pool party at Holston Hills, it is possible to book a party throughout the summer from Thursday to Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. This option, Johnson said, offers users “access to the shelter above the pool as well as private access to the pool itself.” The fee is $200 with a $50 refundable deposit.
For those who want to learn to swim, the LWC offers private and group swimming lessons for all ages and all levels.
Sara Abbott, a certified aquatic fitness instructor who has worked part-time at the LWC since 2006, looks forward to teaching Aqua Blast at Holston Hills in July. She provided a description of Aqua Blast: “An energizing shallow water course that will improve cardio, strength and flexibility. No swimming required and suitable for all fitness levels. Great music too!”
Abbott helps raise awareness of Holston Hills pool opportunities. She explained her motivation, “I’m passionate about the fun and benefits of aquatic fitness and can’t wait to teach Aqua Blast in July.”
Beyond these activities, Johnson said the LWC hopes to continue to build its summer swim team, The Marion Marlins, and hold swim practices and meets at Holston Hills in the future. She said: “We already have a good grassroots swim team program, LASO, which trains year round and competes in a summer swim league, but with the addition of this outdoor pool, we will be able to develop and have more growth opportunities. with a very fun and laid back swim team environment in an outdoor pool during the summer months for anyone who wants to participate.”
Johnson acknowledged there is work to be done, but she sees a lot of potential. “We still have some way to go to continue to grow our programming for the Holston Hills pool during the summers,” she said, “but we are on the right track and I think we will have many exciting opportunities. coming ! ”
Johnson is impressed with the team who have developed every opportunity available so far. She said: “We run a very nice family facility with great staff who work hard to get everything up and running so our members and guests can enjoy a day at the pool. I couldn’t be more proud of the team of staff and lifeguards we have assembled.
For more information, those interested can email Allison Johnson at [email protected] or call the LWC front desk at 276-782-1199.
Membership information is available at Marion LWC at 1 Health Way.