PARKS AND PICNIC AREAS
The use of Davis-Monthan’s many parks, playgrounds and picnic areas is generally on a first-come, first-served basis. However, reservations are accepted for a paved section of Heritage Park, inside the Craycroft gate, and for Bama Park, across from the golf course. Groups must reserve the parks in advance. If alcoholic beverages will be present at Bama Park, advance permission is required (no alcohol is permitted at Heritage Park). A refundable $50 cleanup deposit is required to reserve Bama Park. For reservations, call the Outdoor Recreation Center at 520-228-3736.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has two premier fitness and sports complexes. Both have men’s and women’s saunas, locker and shower facilities, group exercise rooms, and basketball and volleyball courts. The fitness center staff coordinates special events, handles reservations for two softball fields and a football field, and manages intramural sports along with a variety of daily group exercise classes taught by certified group fitness instructors. There are also certified personal trainers available to create individualized workout plans for a fee.
The Arthur J. Benko Fitness and Sports Center, in Building 2301, is equipped with a group exercise room, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an indoor track, a parent exercise room and a six-lane indoor lap pool. The Benko fitness center will be accessible to all patrons during manned hours, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Access will be available 24/7 for registered Common Access Card holders during unmanned hours. CAC holders may register for 24/7 access at the front desk of the Benko Fitness Center.
The Haeffner Fitness and Sports Center, in Building 2505, also features state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a group exercise room, a weight room and a cross-functional room. Hours are 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends, holidays and down days. Additionally, there are tennis courts and a racquetball annex next to the golf course. For more information, call 520-228-0022/0021.
The Davis-Monthan Outdoor Recreation Center is in Building 4459, at the corner of Craycroft Road and Nuggat Street, west of the golf course. Outdoor Recreation encompasses many functions, all committed to providing services and programs that meet the leisure needs of the Davis-Monthan community.
Outdoor adventure programs include a spectrum of seasonal activities tailored to meet novice and expert tastes — everything from structured trips to self-directed activities, including day hikes, historical tours, horseback riding and river tubing. Caving, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, skiing and Grand Canyon backpacking trips challenge more daring individuals. For more information, call 520-228-3736.
The base also has a paintball range located off Yuma Road. Reservations are required. Modern and well-equipped skeet and trap ranges feature two skeet fields and two trap fields, including the popular “wobble trap.” Programs are available for skeet, trap and shotgun shooting, hunter education and firearm safety. Get skeet or trip information at 520-228-3736.
Davis-Monthan is home to one of the finest recreational vehicle parks in the country, the Agave Gulch FamCamp. There are 198 spaces with full water, sewer and electrical hookups to meet the needs of the traveling military family. There are also 53 overflow sites available.
The office clubhouse building, along with modern laundry and shower facilities, help make Agave Gulch one of the finest military RV facilities anywhere. Call the FamCamp at 520-747-9144.
Outdoor Recreation’s equipment rental section is stocked with hundreds of items that can be rented by the day, weekend or week. In addition to a full complement of outdoor and yard equipment there are lawn mowers, camping trailers, boats and canoes, and specialty equipment items. Equipment rental also manages the temporary storage and RV storage lots. For more information, call 520-228-3736.
Outdoor Recreation also operates two swimming pools — the year-round fitness pool in the Benko Fitness and Sports Center and the Outdoor Recreational Pool Aquatics Center (and aquatics program), which is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Recreation and fitness swimming, water aerobics, squadron physical fitness and special events are offered at the indoor fitness pool. The outdoor pool hosts swim lessons for all ages and all abilities, water safety and special events, such as squadron pool parties and children’s birthday parties. Call the fitness pool at 520-228-0015 or the outdoor pool and aquatics center at 520-228-3759.
The Davis-Monthan bowling center is on Ironwood Street, west of Craycroft Road, in Building 3203. The center has 20 lanes, rental lockers, a full pro shop and lots of programs and leagues.
The center is open seven days a week, as is the spacious and clean Head Pin Cafe. League play is active throughout the year, tournaments are conducted on a regular basis and an extensive youth bowling program is available. Individual lessons, group lessons and clinics are available on a continuing basis. Bowling center hours vary, depending on the season.
For more information, call 520-228-3461 or visit www.dmforcesupport.com/Bowling/bowling.html.
INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TOURS
The Information, Tickets and Tours office, in Building 4430 (Outdoor Recreation), is a convenient one-stop location for customers to buy discount tickets for most local and in-state attractions, as well as many Southern California attractions. The office also conducts educational and informational trips and tours. For more information on ITT, call 520-228-3700.
ARTS & CRAFTS CENTER AND AUTO HOBBY SHOP
The Arts & Crafts Center, Building 4531, includes plaque, frame and auto craft shops. The frame and plaque shops are open Monday through Friday. They feature a selection of self-help items and professional assistance, as well as youth and adult classes. For general arts and crafts information, call 520-228-4385.
The Auto Hobby Shop includes a two-bay car wash (one equipped for RVs), a welding booth, hydraulic lifts, maintenance stalls, air conditioning service and contract mechanics. On- and off-base towing is also available. Contact the auto shop at 520-228-3614.