Army Reserve Centers are in demand for parks and recreation
There is more to providing parks than preserving open space and planting pretty flowers.
The Federal Lands to Parks program helps communities to acquire infrastructure needed for community park systems as well as new park land.
Army Reserve Centers, recently available through military Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) actions, are popular with communities throughout the country for reuse for local parks and recreation.
Quinta-Gamelin Army Reserve Center, Bristol, RI
The Town of Bristol, Rhode Island, will transform the Quinta-Gamelin Army Reserve Center (acquired in December 2013) into its Town’s recreation center. The property is surrounded on 3 sides by Town-owned land. It is adjacent to the East Bay Bike Path and Colt State Park, and 200 yards from the Town beach on the Narragansett Bay.
Wichita Falls Army Reserve Center, Texas
The City of Wichita Falls, Texas, acquired (May 2013) the 2.8 acre local Army Reserve Center for the Wichita Falls Parks Department and Park Maintenance Facility. While this may not sound as exciting as creating a new expansive park, the City was excited to acquire this “tremendous asset,” enabling the City to increase its capacity and manage its park system more efficiently by consolidating dispersed facilities into one central site. In addition, a gazebo and children’s playground will provide close-to-home recreation for the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Cleveland Leigh Abbott U.S. Army Reserve Center, Tuskegee, Alabama
The City of Tuskegee, Alabama, obtained (April 2013) the Cleveland Leigh Abbott U.S. Army Reserve Center for its new Recreation and Community Center. The center’s programs will focus on youth activities, including sports and fitness, arts and crafts, field trips, and summer camps.