Sunsphere observation deck reopens in World's Fair Park

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After a lot of work in the last few months, the Sunsphere Observation Deck reopens Tuesday, as part of National Travel and Tourism Week.

New floor and ceiling tiles have been put in, murals are being painted by Knox County art students, and information has been updated on the educational and entertainment opportunities within Knoxville.

Leaders say visitors and locals will enjoy the improvements.

"It is now an even better experience. There's a story told on that Observation Deck. There's a way to capture visitor information and get brochures and learn more about your destination," says Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville.

"The Sunsphere is a Knoxville icon, and the Observation Deck offers a breathtaking view of our city and our beautiful natural landscape. I want to thank Visit Knoxville for their great work in making it more attractive and informative for our visitors," says Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

Information kiosks have also been updated with historical and fun facts. Two machines feature QR codes for users to easily download street maps.

The structure last underwent renovations seven years ago.

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