Recycling Games at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort

Buy one-day tickets to waterpark on February 9, 2014 for only $15 and proceeds will benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful and Sevier County Food Bank.

Wilderness at the Smokies plans to hire 150 more workers for summer. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Event on Sunday, February 9, 2014 offers opportunity for general public to buy one-day tickets to waterpark only for $15; Proceeds will benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful and Sevier County Food Bank.

With winter in full swing, the Wilderness at the Smokies’ waterpark resort is offering a fun event on Sunday, February 9 that will offer a chance for non-resort guests to enjoy its indoor waterpark, teach children some important tips about recycling and helping the environment in a fun setting, and assist two local charities with funding.

Beginning at 1 p.m., individuals will be able to purchase a $15 ticket to enjoy the Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark at Wilderness at the Smokies; the ticket price is for both adults and children ages three and older, as the money from the day’s ticket sales will benefit two local non-profit organizations:

Keep Sevier Beautiful and the Sevier County Food Bank. The Wild WaterDome is normally only available to resort guests, but this event will allow others to enjoy a fun summer experience in the middle of winter and help great local charities at the same time. The waterpark will remain open until 8 p.m. that evening.

From 1-3 p.m., a special event called “The Recycling Games” will feature sponsors Alcoa, Food City, Hard Rock Café in Gatlinburg, Pepsi and Keep Sevier Beautiful highlighting fun facts about recycling and how children and families can make a difference by stepping up their environmental efforts in easy ways.
The first 500 children who participate in the recycling portion of the event will receive a goody bag with items from each of the sponsors.

Keep Sevier Beautiful’s Executive Director Laura Howard says that the money they will receive from the event will allow them to purchase a trailer that the non-profit can take to events throughout Sevier County to make sure that materials are recycled and the events are litter-free. “Transporting supplies to each event to make sure that they are successful in keeping our county clean has been a challenge, but the trailer we will be able to purchase with the funds from this event at Wilderness at the Smokies will make it easy for us to help everyone keep our area beautiful. It was one of our goals this year to purchase this trailer, and this event being put on by Wilderness will make that possible – we are excited to be able to take care of this item at the top of our wish list so early in the year!”

Jim Davis, Executive Director of Sevier County Food Ministries, says the timing for a cash donation from the Wilderness at the Smokies event could not be more timely. “After the holidays, the need greatly increases and our supplies significantly shrink to serve our area’s hungry, and the monies Sevier County Food Ministries receives from this event will help get us through the rest of this winter.”

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