Fort McCoy News June 27, 2014

Recreation Center to move to seasonal schedule

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

Fort McCoy's Recreation Center, located in building 2000 and formerly known as the Community Activity Center, will be changing from a year-round operation to a flexible seasonal schedule.

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Soldiers at Fort McCoy for training spend some off-duty time using the Recreation Center's games and lounge area.

The center now will be open from April to September. However, travel services, limited game and video rental, and limited retail sales (shirts, hats, etc.) will be available from October through March at McCoy's Community Club, building 1571.

"The primary reason we are changing the Recreation Center to a seasonal operation is low troop population equals low usage levels," said Jeff Uhlig, acting director for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "By combining some of the services at the Recreation Center with McCoy's Community Club during the slow periods, we can maximize exposure to a single area."

The Recreation Center's schedule also can change based on the troop population on post, Uhlig said. "If the training population surges during the closed period (October through March), we will adjust and reopen the Recreation Center," he said.

The schedule change comes after careful study.

"Our business analysis was done based on the past three- to four years of usage at the center," Uhlig said. "However, as our installation may move more toward year-round operations in coming years, and as the training load moves up and down, we are prepared to adjust accordingly."

Regular staff members will continue to work during the center's closed period, Uhlig added.

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Soldiers play a game of volleyball at one of the Recreation Center's sand volleyball courts.

"These valued employees will work within other areas of the Community Recreation Division, such as the Rumpel Fitness Center, Whitetail Ridge Ski Area and Pine View Campground."

Though the center's schedule will be changed, Uhlig encourages authorized patrons from the Fort McCoy community to go there and see all it has to offer. Authorized patrons include all military, retirees, civilian workforce, Family members and other eligible participants.

"It's a great place to relax and unwind with many great things available for our community," Uhlig said.

The Recreation Center provides a place to play games such as pool, ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard, darts and more. Customers also are able to watch TV and play video games and watch and rent movies.

The center has hundreds of movie titles available for checkout with new DVD titles arriving all the time. Rates are $2 for two days or for Fridays to Mondays.

The Recreation Center plays free movies on Fridays and Saturdays at 5 p.m. Free popcorn is available.

There's also a library available at the center with a Web-based virtual library system and 24 computers with Internet access. Also available are audio books for sign-out and free paperback and hardcover books.

For people looking for travel and event opportunities, check out Leisure Travel Services in the Recreation Center.

They serve as the official outlet and resource for the Armed Forces Vacation Club and Armed Forces Recreation Center. Leisure Travel Services also offers travel information, local discounted attraction tickets and theme park packages.

Just outside the facility are outdoor opportunities as well, such as volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and bean bag toss areas. Patios with gas grills for group parties also are available for on-site rental.

Limited printing service is available inside the center as well as fax and scanning at a "per-page" charge. The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.

For more information on what the Recreation Center has to offer, stop by building 2000, call 608-388-3213, or visit the center's page on the Fort McCoy MWR website at http://mccoymwr.com/home/recreation-center.html.