ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER
Across from the PX at 6918 Trooper Drive 785-239-9205
Hours: 1 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Closed Thursday, Friday and Holidays.
The woodshop has 2,400 square feet of floor space and all the specialized equipment needed to complete any project. A large selection of hardwoods, plywood and processed material is available for purchase. The ceramic and pottery areas have a slab roller and two potter’s wheels, (only accessible during warm weather) making it possible to create finished ceramic ware from scratch. You can bring in your greenware and bisque to be fired for a minimal fee.
The matting and framing area has a huge selection of mats and frame stock available as well as state-of-the-art equipment. We only use conservation and preservation mats which are the best to preserve your framed work. After taking a beginners class you will be able to come and finish a project in one day with the help of our friendly staff. There is a scrapbooking area. Specialized equipment such as zyron and acc-u-cut die cutter for scrapbooking, are available for walk-in use, there is a minimal fee.
The Arts & Crafts Center offers tours and classes for groups such as coffee groups, FRGs and scouts. The center can assist scouts in earning badges, woodworking and a variety of crafts. Coffee groups and FRGs come and make a craft to send to your spouse or make a craft for your home, there are many projects to choose from. Contact the staff for more information, or stop in and see firsthand what you can make.
AUTOMOTIVE SKILLS CENTER
7753 Apennines Drive 785-239-9764/4028
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
- Open bays with complete tool sets and roll around benches.
- 15-suspension lift bays, including a 12,000-lb lift bay that supports the vehicle by its tires.
- Complete tool room.
- Auto parts store.
- Paint booth.
- State-of-the-art engine rebuild and machine shop.
- Inline fuel filter removal bay.
- Mitchell on Demand reference library on DVD for both European and domestic cars (1984-2007) with color-coded diagrams, updated repair and trouble codes.
- Trained mechanics available for assistance and advice.
- Engine Rebuilds: the engine-rebuild shop has a hot tank that will clean your manifold, heads and block within 30 minutes.
- Free Automotive Classes: While your Soldier is deployed, it is time to learn more about the vehicle you’re driving. Why not take advantage of the free automotive repair class?
- Free 25-point vehicle check available to family members of deployed Soldiers. Patrons must have verification of Soldier or unit deployment, ID card and the vehicle registration or title.
- Overnight parking.
- Tire mounting, balancing and repair.
- Engine computer monitor.
- Air conditioning service.
- Front end alignment.
- Brake drums and rotors turned.
- Hydraulic press.
- Welding services.
- Flywheel grinding.
- McPherson strut replacement.
- Broken bolt removal.
- Pack wheel bearings.
- Engine rebuilding services.
- Ball joint installation and removal.
- Fuel injector cleaning.
- Valve grinding.
Car trouble? The wrecker service will tow your vehicle to Auto Skills Center from anywhere within a 40-mile radius. Impound fee: $12.50 per day. Call 785-239-9764/4028 for towing fees.
7756 Apennines Drive
Make your car look brand new again at the Automotive Skills Center Car Wash. The car wash has the following for your use: change machine, vacuum cleaners, wax and drying area, and 8-bay car wash area.
The Automotive Skills Center body shop is open for business providing technical skills and continuous education. Patrons must complete hands-on training before utilizing the body shop area.
Air Conditioning Service
The Automotive Skills Center professional staff mechanics will service your air conditioner at a fraction of the cost compared to downtown dealer and repair shops.
Mac Mentor, a high-tech system, with OBD11 Smart Cards, Scope Probe for European and domestic cars, Mercedes, Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, Porsche, Jaguar, Saab and Volvo 1986-2005, and domestic cars 1984-2006.
Mitchell On-Demand Reference Library on DVD has manuals for both European and domestic cars 1984-2007 with color-coded diagrams, repairs and trouble codes.
Auto Mechanics Skills Class
Basic Safety Orientation and lift training are held at 6 p.m. every Thursday. There is a fee of $10 per person. Class will consist of a safety brief, proper utilization of tools and equipment such as: personal protective equipment, personal protective clothing and lifts. In order to earn a DA form 3031 qualification card (required to use the Automotive Skills Center’s service area) the individual will be asked to demonstrate how to operate the equipment and lifts in accordance with established procedures outlined in this class.
The DA form 3031 qualification card expires two years from the date it is issued. Individuals must register one week prior to the class in order to attend by calling 785-239-9764.
Custer Hill Bowling Center
7485 Normandy Drive 785-239-4366
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
The recently renovated Custer Hill Bowling Center offers updated bowling programs, more tournaments and enhanced youth programs. In addition there are 40 upgraded lanes with automatic scoring, accessibility for physically challenged patrons and the Strike Zone Snack Grill.
The center is one of the finest such facilities in the Army and an outstanding choice for those seeking a great place to relax and enjoy with friends and family. To find out more, call the Bowling Center.
Hours for all fitness centers are subject to change. Please call for more information.
Craig Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Building 7024 785-239-5562
Offers free weights, cardio equipment, racquetball court, sauna in locker rooms and a climbing wall.
King Field House
Main Post at Building 202 785-239-3868
Offers a basketball court, free weights, cardio equipment, racquetball courts and sauna in locker rooms.
Leonard Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Building 7632 785-239-5771
Offers free weights, Nautilus and Life Fitness Circuit machines, sauna and two racquetball courts.
Long Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Building 8069 785-239-4683
Offers training tank pool, basketball courts, sauna, two racquetball courts, weight room, softball fields and running track.
Robinson Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Building 7832 785-239-4480
Offers free weights and cardio, sauna and a racquetball court.
Whitside Fitness Center
Building 684 785-239-2573
Offers basketball courts, free weights, cardio equipment, fitness classes, and climbing wall.
Custer Hill Outdoor Pool
7465 Normandy Drive 785-239-5860
Eyster Indoor Pool
6940 Warren Road 785-239-4854
Long Training Pool
8069 Normandy Drive 785-239-4684
RALLY POINT BINGO
2600 Trooper Drive
Camp Forsyth 785-784-5434
Hours of operation: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, open for special events and reservations Friday through Sunday
Rally Point has state-of-the-art bingo equipment, and with the electronic handsets, bingo is easy to play with the push of a button to mark your cards, no more looking on paper for the right numbers on the cards, it does it all for you. Rally Point also offers a full bar and snack bar operation. Bingo is restricted to military members and their families, retired military ID card holders and their families, and DOD ID card holders and their families.
You are authorized to bring up to five guests that must be signed in and play alongside of you. No one under 18 years of age will be allowed in the facility during bingo operations unless a special event is being conducted for families.
7867 Normandy Drive
Main Line 785-240-6618
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11.p.m. Saturday, Sunday, federal holidays and training holidays
Warrior Zone features free Wi-Fi, Alienware gaming computers, Xbox and PS3 gaming, billiards, and outdoor patio and fire pit. Warrior Zone also houses 40 iCafe computers, loaded with productivity tools, for your personal and professional development. Bring in your Netbook or laptop and print wirelessly from anywhere in the building. Warrior Zone Theater features two programmed features a night, with beverage and food service. Check online for features and show times.
The Java Café-themed snack bar offers an eclectic multinational cuisine, prepared fast and fresh, anytime. Warrior Zone Café offers the entire menu for takeout every day for a quick meal on the go. Just call your order in ahead. Warrior Zone Patio is the ideal spot for a catered event, seating for 150, with grilled menu choices from dogs and burgers to steak and chicken. The conference room, with full AV support and available catered breakfast and lunch items, will be your go-to spot for small group training, meetings and events. Book the room at the front desk, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
CUSTER HILL GOLF COURSE
5202 Normandy Drive 785-784-6000
Hours are seasonal, call 785-784-6000
Snack Bar Hours: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on training holidays and federal holidays
Pro Shop and Playing Course Hours: Inclement weather or snow on the ground will be cause for the golf course to remain closed for the day. Please call the Pro Shop ahead of time to confirm hours of operations, tee time availability and tournaments.
The Custer Hill Golf Course, on Custer Hill, is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course design, and offers challenges from tee to green on every hole for all level of golfers. The course is an 18-hole championship course that plays over 7,072 yards from the tips. The Custer Hill Golf Course is excited to offer a variety of quality programs for the military family, the single Soldier and everyone in between.
The Custer Hill Golf Course offers a variety of lessons, clinics, tournaments, league and practice facilities. Let the staff help plan your next tournament. The Custer Hill Golf Course Snack Bar has your lunchtime favorites, whether it is the old standby of hamburgers or cheeseburgers, Philly chicken or steak sandwiches. Looking for some German cuisine? Try one of our famous Schnitzel sandwiches. Or try one of the healthier sandwiches, wraps or salads. If you are looking for small group events, the snack bar can accommodate small parties.
The Pro Shop is fully stocked and the PGA-trained staff can help you find what you are looking for. Staff can fit you into your next set of clubs or help you get the right gift for the special someone in your life.
Golf outings are a way of getting away from work and having some fun. Use them as team building exercises or even hail and farewells. Let the staff help you with your needs. There are 9-hole and 18-hole packages that can fit any need. Golf packages start as low as $27 per person and include greens fees, golf carts, range balls and food. We can also help make your event special by doing custom hats or shirts for your event.
OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTER/ FORT RILEY MARINA
1806 Buffalo Soldier Drive 785-239-2363
Hours are seasonal, please call for schedule
Many things have changed on this post over the years, but one mainstay has always been an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. It really is no coincidence that Fort Riley is known as one of the premier hunting and fishing installations within the Army. Just the fact that we are located in north central Kansas is an excellent start. You would be hard pressed to find an area that has more species of game animals and in good numbers. Add to that some good management over the years and Fort Riley has become known as a destination for outdoor activity. For more information, call 785-239-6211.
By far, the two most unique species hunted on Fort Riley include elk and greater prairie chicken. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism generally awards 20 or so elk permits, drawn from around 900 applicants. If you are lucky enough to draw an elk tag in Kansas, your chance of success is pretty good. Fort Riley currently has a population of approximately 125 elk. There are also small herds and single elk that can be found on private property near post, although their numbers are unknown.
Fort Riley is one of the last strongholds of the greater prairie chicken. Although these prairie grouse have declined throughout their range, their population index on Fort Riley has remained fairly stable through the years. It is one of the largest publicly owned tracts of land where prairie chickens can still be hunted. Another type of hunting on Fort Riley is fall turkey hunting, which can be challenging, but rewarding. Each hunter may obtain no more than one turkey permit, but may purchase an additional three game tags valid in unit 2 only.
The other two species of upland game found on Fort Riley are probably a better-known quarry to most hunters. Ring-necked pheasant and bobwhite quail can be found in good numbers on post. While both species have experienced declines in overall numbers in the last 10 years, early indications are that they should be found in decent numbers. A couple of species that don’t get much recognition, but make excellent table fare include rabbit and squirrel.
Both of these can be found in abundance on Fort Riley and both have a long season for hunting. Deer hunting on Fort Riley is an exciting time for both the hunters and conservation. The Fort Riley Deer Fact Sheet with specific season information is published and available on July 1 of each year.
There are 29 regularly stocked lakes and ponds on Fort Riley in addition to being located between the two largest lakes in Kansas. Stream fishing opportunities are excellent, with the Kansas and Republican Rivers on the post’s southern boundary and Wildcat Creek on the north. Unless otherwise noted, all Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fishing and boating regulations (lawful fishing methods, equipment, creel limits, boating requirements) are in force on Fort Riley. Installation anglers should refer to the Kansas and Fort Riley regulations, which are available from the Environmental Division Office.
Fishing at a Fort Riley lake, pond or stream is allowed only when the area in which it is located is open for fishing. To find out what areas are open, call 785-239-6669, or visit https://fortriley.isportsman.net.
Area designations are shown on the Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Map and Regulations, which is available for free at the Conservation Office. All areas not listed as open are off limits. Fishing is permitted 24/7 south of Vinton School Road unless otherwise posted or restricted by military training activities. Fishing is closed from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise north of Vinton School Road.
Anglers must follow all state of Kansas and Fort Riley regulations before fishing on Fort Riley. Anglers fishing for trout at Moon Lake or Cameron Springs during the state designated trout season (Oct. 15 to April 15) must possess a state of Kansas Trout Permit per Kansas regulation. For more information on fishing, visit the Environmental Division Office, Building 407 Pershing Court, or call 785-239-6211.
Fort Riley Marina
The Marina is on Milford Lake and has over 20 watercraft available for rent, including pontoons, kayaks, tubes, fishing boats, Jet Skis and ski boats. Also available is a playground for the children, and boat slips for easy access to the rentable watercraft.
Come out and enjoy a day at the lake. The Marina has pavilions for rent. Jet Ski rentals require an additional safety review and a mandatory test will have to be passed by all patrons. All are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Multiple boats will not be issued to one customer. Each boat rented must be to a Boater Safety Card holder. (The customer who rents a boat may be held financially liable for items that are lost, damaged or destroyed by causes other than fair wear and tear.) Marina property is for personal use only to the person it is issued. Customers will not allow unauthorized persons to use or operate government property. For more information, call or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center 785-239-2363 or 785-307-3798.
NOTE: The Kansas State Boater’s Safety Course is required to rent a motorized boat or you must have a NASBLA approved card/certificate. For information about the course visit www.boat-ed.com/kansas.
Pontoon boats, fishing boats, ski boats and personal watercrafts (Jet Skis) are available for rent at the marina. They can be rented by the hour, four- or eight-hour intervals. Water skis and other equipment also are available at the marina. The Fort Riley Marina is a seasonal operation. Current hours may be found at http://riley.armymwr.com/us/riley/programs/marina.
HOW TO ACCESS FORT RILEY FOR RECREATION
Recreational access is allowed in “Open Areas” of Fort Riley. Open Areas are those areas in which potentially dangerous military training is NOT occurring on a particular day. Call 785-239-6669 to obtain a listing of the Open Areas for the day you wish to recreate on the fort, or visit https://fortriley.isportsman.net.
The listed Open Areas correspond to the area designations shown on the Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Map and regulations, which is available, free-of-charge, from the Environmental Division Office (407 Pershing Court).
All individuals holding appropriate state of Kansas, federal and Fort Riley-specific permits and licenses may recreate in any “Open Area” on Fort Riley north of Vinton School Road. DOD cardholders and their guests who are accompanied by them may recreate with a firearm in any “Open Area” south of Vinton School Road, if they hold the appropriate permits.
Privately owned vehicle access to Fort Riley (including in the areas north of Vinton School Road) for recreational activities is allowed. All vehicles operated by persons entering Fort Riley for recreational purposes must register through https://fortriley.isportsman.net and have a Natural Resource Vehicle Marker in their automobile or truck. Visit https://fortriley.isportsman.net and follow the instructions. The Natural Resource Vehicle Markers are free of charge and may be picked up at the Environmental Division Office, Building 407. For more information, visit Building 407 at Fort Riley or call 785-239-6211.
Each individual participating in recreation on the post must hold appropriate state of Kansas, federal and Fort Riley-specific permits and licenses. Additionally, all firearms must be registered before being brought onto the installation. Soldiers stationed at Fort Riley must register them with their units’ arms room. Others may register their firearms at the Provost Marshal Office or the Environmental Division Office.
When you park on Fort Riley roads, be sure to pull off the road or trail so that large military vehicles can pass. If you park on the perimeter of the installation for walk-in access, be sure to pull off the road far enough so that you and your vehicle are out of danger from passing traffic and don’t forget to put the Natural Resource Vehicle Marker in the dash.
FORT RILEY SOFTBALL COMPLEX
The Fort Riley Softball Complex is at the intersection of McCormick Road and Pistol Range Road, adjacent to the Colyer Housing Area.
Opened in 1992, the complex features a concession area, restrooms, aluminum bleachers, a net-covered playground, and electronic scoreboards and PA systems on each field. Soldiers need to form their own intramural teams.
785-239-2363 or 785-239-6211
Those interested in safety classes can contact the Safety Office at 785-239-2514.
The new ATV and dirt bike riding and training area is open to Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army civilians in Training Area 10 off Williston Road. The 243-acre area at Training Area 10 off Williston Point Road integrates safety into a high-risk activity. All riders will need to complete safety training before they come out for a ride and all riders must participate in a buddy system. For information about the riding and training area, call Outdoor Recreation.
USO FORT RILEY
Open 365 days a year. Hours of operation 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and training and federal holidays
The USO center is a new 7,000-plus-square-foot facility located with Arts and Crafts and the Information, Ticketing and Registration office on Custer Hill.
The center provides service members and their families with access to:
- Free phone calls home.
- Free Wi-Fi.
- Several computer workstations.
- Family room.
- Conference room.
- Snack bar area with free drinks and snacks.
- Entertainment area featuring Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video gaming consoles as well as a Nintendo Wii area; pool, foosball, air hockey, poker and shuffleboard tables.
- Large screen televisions with DirecTV.
- Movie theater.
- Comfortable living room-style seating.
- United Through Reading’s Military Program.
The center is open to all service members and family members over 18 with a valid military ID. Families are welcome to take advantage of the family room, which features a computer, TV/DVD player, video game console and other activities for them to enjoy. Family hours also are available. Check the center for the latest times.
NO DOUGH DINNERS
Building 7856, Drum Street on Custer Hill
Free dinners are served the last business day before payday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. during winter and spring months in Building 7856 Drum Street on Custer Hill. Visit http://us.uso.org/fortriley for the latest dates and locations. The dinners feed approximately 250 people each time and are open to all active service members and their families.
UNITED THROUGH READINGâ€™S MILITARY PROGRAM
The program allows service members to be videotaped while reading children’s books aloud before they depart or while they are home on R&R.
A copy of the book, DVD and instructions, as well as information on United Through Reading, are mailed to the child and family back home. The USO supplies recording equipment, books and packaging materials. The parent or caregiver at home is encouraged to share the child’s excitement by photographing or videotaping the child as the child is watching the DVD and following along with the book. The photograph or DVD can then be sent to the deployed family member, boosting the morale of the entire family and enhancing the feeling of connectedness.
To schedule an appointment or for more information about helping with this program, contact USO Fort Riley. For more information on United Through Reading, or a list of other locations worldwide, visit www.uso.org/programs/united-through-reading-program.
SINGLE SERVICE MEMBER HOMECOMING KITS
The USO works with unit Family Readiness Support Assistants to provide basic toiletry items and snacks to single service members returning from deployments.
Each kit contains: travel-size shampoo, soap and toothpaste, a toothbrush, non-perishable snacks and a thank you note.
Units can request kits three to four months prior to redeployment. Travel-sized toiletry and non-perishable snack donations, as well as thank you notes, can be dropped off at the USO building anytime.
SOLDIER READINESS PROCESSING CENTER SUPPORT
Service members spend many hours prior to and just following deployments taking care of all their paperwork at the Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) Center. USO volunteers and donors provide snacks, coffee and hot chocolate during these long days. Look for the USO banner and snack table at the SRP site on Custer Hill. Snacks and baked goodies can be dropped off Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the USO building.
The USO is a positive environment that depends on the support of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are needed for all USO programs, as well as the center. Spouses, veterans and retirees, as well as community members/organizations are welcome to the USO team, as well as families, students and active duty service members. Several family friendly volunteer opportunities are available that enable parents to share the experience and importance of service with their children.
High school students may also volunteer at select USO events to help toward their educational community service requirements.
Active duty service members can volunteer in their spare time to work toward the Volunteer Service Medal and promotion points. Interested volunteers can contact the USO or the Army Community Service volunteer program for more information about volunteer service.
The USO works to put on special events whenever possible, whether it’s a Family Fun Day or an entertainer who wants to visit the installation. Details on various special events are posted at http://us.uso.org/fortriley
The USO is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization with no direct affiliation with the federal government. The USO relies on the generosity of the American public to support its network of more than 160 locations worldwide. Corporate in-kind donations and sponsorships, along with volunteer hours and monetary contributions, help make the USO a success.
QUICK REFERENCE PHONE GUIDE
• Arts and Crafts Center 785-239-9205
• Automotive Skills Center 785-239-9764
• BOSS 785-239-2677
• Conservation Office 785-239-2363/6211
• Craig Fitness Center 785-239-5562
• Custer Hill Bowling Lanes 785-239-4366
• Custer Hill Golf Course 785-784-6000
• Custer Hill Outdoor Pool 785-239-5860
• Eyster Pool 785-239-4854/9441
• Fort Riley Swimming Pool Program Manager 785-239-9441
• King Field House Fitness Center 785-239-3868
• Leonard Fitness Center 785-239-5771
• Library 785-239-5305
• Long Fitness Center and Swimming Pool 785-239-4683/4684
• Outdoor Recreation Center/Main Office 785-239-2363
• Robinson Fitness Center 785-239-4480
• Softball Complex 785-239-2813
• USO Fort Riley 6918 Trooper Drive 785-240-5326/5328
• Warrior Zone 785-240-6618
• Whitside Fitness Center 785-239-2573