Pershing Community Center to close for renovations Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2014
By Dawn Arden
Assistant editor
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Fort Leonard Wood’s Pershing Community Center is scheduled to close June 2 for renovations, and according to the contract, the facility could be closed for at least 120 days in order to complete the project.

While replacing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system will be the main focus of the work being done, flooring, lighting, wall coverings and restroom fixtures will also be replaced or improved, said Heather Coursey, Directorate of Public Works chief of

“Although it will not be a major face-lift, several functional improvements will be done to the Pershing Community Center,” Coursey said.

Wayne Bardell, who has been the director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for nearly nine years, said the PCC improvements are very much needed.

“The facility itself has not had any major renovation work in almost 10 years. This is highly unusual for a public facility with so much usage,” Bardell said. “This project really could not have been delayed or avoided, if we were to continue operations.”

The PCC currently caters more than 900 events per year, from weddings, community functions, dining-ins, warrior banquets, to hosting visiting dignitaries to the installation and serves as an extension of Fort Leonard Wood for many other events, Bardell said.  

“Having a first-class-looking facility with exceptional food and great customer service is paramount to the varied programs and services provided on the installation,” Bardell said.

In order to continue service to patrons during the closure, Bardell said the Piney Valley Golf Course will extend dining hours and Friday and Saturday evenings, bar services will be available.  

“FMWR will be able to cater some limited events on a case-by-case basis at the pavilion and gazebo at the golf course,” Bardell said. “We will also continue to operate the Morelli Heights Bar & Grill and still be able to cater bar operations at Nutter Field House and the museum.”

Despite the closure, PCC employees will continue to work, Bardell said.

“FMWR has a great group of professionals who work diligently and put in long hours at the PCC to make it an award-winning team with great services,” Bardell said. “Some will move to the Piney Valley Golf Course and help with the bar and food services that will relocate there. Others will be offered opportunities to fill vacancies we have throughout the directorate to continue their employment with MWR until they all return to the PCC when we reopen.”

Bardell said FMWR looked at multiple locations and possibilities on the installation to relocate PCC’s kitchen services such as, the Audie Murphy Community Center, dining facilities and even procuring a portable kitchen unit.  

He said bringing those facilities up to code would not be cost effective, and the pre-existing kitchens were not compatible with “equipment related to food preparation.”

While the PCC is closed, several options are available to host lunch and evening programs, such as the USO, Nutter Field House and the regimental rooms in the museum.  

The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce has several members who cater to include, Andy’s 417, Colton’s Steakhouse and Grill, Panera Bread, Sweetwater BBQ and Vidies Catering.

For more information on local caterers, contact the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce at 573.336.5121.
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