Life on the Post
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Eddington (middle) engages the enemy with his teammates during the Fort Polk Warrior Week paintball tournament at the installation’s MWR range. Warrior Week hosted a series of sports competitions pitting the post’s units against each other. (Photo by Spc. Eric Provost)
Housing Services Office
The Housing Services Office is prepared to help you with all of your housing needs. They will help you find the right permanent housing accommodations when you arrive at Fort Polk and can help you start your search for a new home when it’s time to relocate to your next PCS location. To contact the Housing Services Office, call 337-531-6000. For more information on housing services at Fort Polk, visit www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing at Fort Polk is provided by Corvias Military Living. Fort Polk family housing consists of three communities with new, renovated and traditional single-family homes. Most utilities are included in your rent. Landscaping services, 24-hour emergency maintenance services, and trash and recycling services are provided. Neighborhoods feature community centers, playgrounds, a dog park, pools and more. There are also monthly events for residents.
Fort Polk family housing allows pets with certain restrictions. In general, residents may have two pets, though certain dog breeds and exotic animals are not allowed.
For more information about homes and amenities at Fort Polk, visit the Corvias Military Living website at http://polk.corviasmilitaryliving.com.
Fort Polk has 1 1 quarters on post. Single E-5s and below are required to reside on post. All single soldiers in grades E-1 through E-5 must report to Building 1635, Warriors Keep, on Alabama and Louisiana Avenue. It is open 24/7. Pregnant soldiers who are 6 months pregnant may get a Certificate of Non-Availability for BAH at the without dependent rate to live off the installation or privatize quarters. Visit the Housing Services Office or www.housing.army.mil/#!pg=post&sp=welcome for more information.
Army Community Services
Army Community Services provides soldiers and families with an outlet for support. ACS services and programs include the Family Readiness Center; the Soldier and Family Assistance Center; the Army Volunteer Corps; family advocacy; new parent support; the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention Program; victim advocacy; survivor outreach services; family team-building; the Exceptional Family Member Program; mobilization, deployment and support stability operations; and employment, financial and relocation readiness services.
For more information on ACS programs at Fort Polk, visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/acs.
The Better Opportunities for Single Service Members Program
The BOSS program represents the voice of the single service member. If you’re a single service member, BOSS members advocate for you by advancing quality of life issues on the installation, and in the barracks, to senior leaders on post and throughout the Army. The BOSS program is based on three program pillars: quality of life, community service, and recreation and leisure.
BOSS membership and the program’s available leadership and project management roles enhance promotion packets. Learn more about BOSS and how to become a member at https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/boss.
Family Readiness Groups
Family Readiness Groups are command-sponsored organizations of family members, volunteers, soldiers and civilian employees that together provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance within a unit. The groups also provide a network of communications among the family members, the chain of command, the chain of concern and community resources. For more information on Family Readiness Groups, visit www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/ACS/DeploymentMobilizationandReadiness.html or www.myarmyonesource.com.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Child Development Centers at Fort Polk offer care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Full-time care, hourly care and preschool programs are available, as well as before- and after-school care. There are five centers at Fort Polk. Fees are based on total family income.
Family Child Care providers offer child care for children ages 4 weeks to 12 years old in small, family environments. FCC is also available for extended (mission-related) care.
For more information on the centers, visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/cys-services.
School Age Center
The School Age Center, at 6125 University Parkway in Building 260, provides care for grades 1-5 before and after school, during school closures, and during holiday and seasonal breaks. Children have access to computer labs and can receive help on daily homework assignments. Programs are nationally accredited and utilize standard curricula through formal partnerships with nationally recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For ages 6 to 18, the EDGE! program offers out-of-school opportunities for children and youth to experience, develop, grow and excel by participating in cutting-edge art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities.
For more information on Fort Polk’s School Age Center, call 337-531-2149 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/school-age-services.
A school liaison officer connects military families and private and public schools. The school liaison office provides support to service members during all stages of transition and deployment to ensure children receive every opportunity for quality education.
The School Support Services office is at 6880 Radio Road, Building 400. For more information, call 337-531-9481 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/school-liaison-officer.
Middle School and Teen Youth Services
Youth Services offers an after-school program for middle and high school youth. Transportation is provided from the local schools to the center at 5538 University Parkway on regular days as well as half days. The program is staffed with well-trained and caring youth professionals. The safe and supervised setting provides freedom for a variety of activity choices, homework assistance, a computer lab, and structured computer and program skill classes.
Boys & Girls Club and 4-H clubs, projects, activities and curriculums are used as the foundation of the youth development program. Activities such as photography, digital arts, drama, cooking, individual and team sports, fitness and nutrition are a few of the many diverse offerings during the course of the school year.
For more information, call 337-531-1992 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/youth-services.
Youth Sports and Fitness Program
Sports and fitness programs at Fort Polk provide team sports, individual sports, and fitness and health programs, as well as programming at Child Development Centers and School Age and Youth Programs. Preregistration and a sports-specific physical are required for sports and fitness programs. For more information, call 337-531-6004 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/youth-sports.
If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, take a dip in one of the post’s pools. The 50-meter pool, at 1710 Swimming Pool Road, has summer and winter hours, thanks to a pool dome enclosure that can be used in colder months. The pool is seven lanes wide and has two diving boards with heights of 1 and 3 meters. The 25-meter pool is on 10th Street. It is closed in the winter. Younger guests can cool off at the Splash Park at 1352 Wyoming Ave.
Swimming lessons at all levels are available for a fee. Special pool events include winter raft nights, where the pool is transformed into an aquatic park with slides and flotation devices for the whole family to enjoy. The aquatic facilities also host water aerobics classes and the Youth Sports Swim Team.
For more information, visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/aquatics or https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/splash-park.
The batting cages are on Ninth Street. Call 337-531-5441 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/batting-cages for more information.
The Strike Zone Bowling Center, at 2087 Ninth St., offers specials, tournaments, a pro shop and the Strike Zone Snack Bar. Regular events include league bowling, family day bowling, color pin bowling and cosmic bowling.
Call 337-531-6273 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/strike-zone-bowling-center for more information.
The 18-hole Warrior Hills Golf Course is at 1321 Corps Road. Call 337-531-1982 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/warrior-hills-golf-course for more information.
The Allen Memorial Library, at 7460 Colorado Ave., hosts a variety of activities for all ages. Programs include a book club, arts and crafts, an adult coloring book club and more.
The library’s website also has information on the General Library Information System, an automated system that gives registered library users access to downloadable audio books and e-books (for free).
For more information, call 337-531-2665 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/allen-memorial-library.
Mini Golf and Go-Kart Center
Klubs & Karts is Fort Polk’s own mini golf and go-kart center. Enjoy a round of nine- or 18-hole mini golf or a fast drive around the track in a go-kart. There are go-kart timed trials throughout the year as well as 18-hole mini golf tournaments where you can win up to a year of mini golf for free. The center is in Building 1402.
Call 337-531-5481 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/klubs-karts for more information.
Outdoor Recreation facilities and programs include recreational equipment checkout, a shooting range, and information on local recreation and RV sites. Visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/categories/outdoor-recreation for more information.
On G Avenue, the Tiger Land Soldier Recreation Center has a large lobby with a TV and DVD player that offers a large selection of DVDs. There’s also a smaller TV room. The center has books, billiards, pingpong, video gaming systems, an internet café and more. Call 337-531-5015 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/162nd-soldier-recreation-center for more information.
The 15,000-square-foot Home of Heroes Soldier Recreation Center, at 2165 Ninth St., has six 52-inch TVs connected to a variety of video gaming systems. The center also features a Zen room for relaxation, a computer lab, a movie theater, pool and pingpong tables, live karaoke and more. Call 337-531-5870 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/home-heroes-soldier-recreation-center for more information.
Sports and Fitness Programs
Fort Polk has four fitness centers with state-of-the-art amenities. Enjoy indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, racquetball courts, steam rooms, boxing equipment, fitness equipment, free weights and more. One center even has a rock climbing wall.
The post also has a CrossFit facility. JRTC CrossFit offers CrossFit and boxing instructional classes as well as a variety of workout equipment.
The post’s intramural sports program offers 18 sports, featuring both team and individual competition. Sports and activities include 10K cross-country runs, basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, horseshoes, racquetball, slow-pitch softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and more.
For more information on the sports and fitness facilities at Fort Polk, visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/categories/sports-and-fitness.
The Showboat Theatre, at 7090 Alabama Ave., offers dinner theater and performance-only productions throughout the year. Call 337-531-2337 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/showboat-theatre for more information.
In the library at 7460 Colorado Ave., the Leisure Travel Office provides a range of travel services to active-duty and retired military personnel, as well as DOD civilians and their family members. The staff can help you find great deals on cruises, hotels and theme parks. Leisure Travel offers advice, pamphlets and packets with all kinds of information. Overnight ticket orders for more than 700 attractions are available.
Call 337-531-2728 or visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/leisure-travel-services for more information.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary. At 7445 Highway 467, the commissary offers a bakery, a deli, fresh sandwiches to go, party cakes, plants, rotisserie chicken and sushi. For more information, call 337-531-7725/2747/6132 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on the Post
Need a quick bite to eat? Fort Polk features the following eateries. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit https://polk.armymwr.com and choose from selections under the “Social & Dining” tab. For the Strike Zone Snack Bar, visit https://polk.armymwr.com/us/polk/programs/strike-zone-bowling-center.
- Mulligan’s Bar & Grill, Building 352, 337-531-7668.
- Strike Zone Snack Bar, Building 1457 (in the bowling center), 337-531-6273.
- Warrior Community Activity Center, Building 352, 337-531-4440.
Fort Polk’s Exchange, at 7782 Colorado Ave., wants to be your first choice for shopping. It offers a price-match program that guarantees the lowest prices in town. Services include alterations, barbershops, a car rental agency, a flower shop, a food court, GameStop, an optical center, a salon, a tactical shop and more. Call 337-537-1001 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.