Safety-measure compliance has led to successful reopening of mini-golf course, go-kart track, splash park
Due to COVID-19, it was a long wait for those anxious for Fort Leonard Wood’s Rec Plex to start its summer season. When the facility reopened its doors July 25 with its miniature golf course, go-kart track and splash park available, it ended an even longer wait — the water-play area designed for young children had been closed since late 2018 for repairs.
For the facility’s manager, Shawn Koehler, the reopening was like “a light in the tunnel,” one which has been shining ever since with the help of staff members and patrons committed to following new safety measures in place.
“We were just excited to give our patrons something to do while (so many things) were unavailable,” Koehler said. “We were especially looking forward to everyone enjoying the splash park, since last year it was (closed while) getting some much-needed repairs. We are just happy to provide something for our families.”
Located at 5561 Constitution Ave., the Rec Plex is open from noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Only one feature at the complex — Wallace Pool — remains closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
Since the reopening, patrons have been required to wear masks into the facility and while interacting with staff members, who have also taken extra time to clean and disinfect facilities, vehicles and equipment during operating hours. Koehler emphasized that — in line with General Order No. 2 — as long as social distancing can be maintained, masks are not required for outdoor activities such as miniature golf or during go-kart rides. However, patrons should keep in mind requirements on site are always subject to change.
So far, according to Koehler, everything has gone smoothly.
“Every patron coming in to utilize the facility has been compliant with the safety measures we have in place,” Koehler said. “It makes our jobs easier and allows us to stay open, so I want to say thank you to all our patrons who have been understanding and following our guidelines. We want our patrons to know that their safety and the safety of our employees is our No. 1 priority.”
New to the Rec Plex? Here’s a breakdown of what’s available:
— splash park operations are split into separate sessions on Fridays and Saturdays, with Session 1 scheduled from noon to 3:30 p.m. and Session 2 scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays feature a single session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $2 per person with free admission for patrons ages 3 and younger. Mitigation measures dictate that occupancy is limited to 40 people per time block; the facility has increased sanitation measures in place, and no deck chairs are allowed.
— mini golf is a 23,000-square-foot, 18-hole golf course that includes several obstacles and water features, including its waterfall centerpiece. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 15 and free for children ages 3 and younger.
— go-karts offers a 1,000-linear-foot track with up to 12 go-karts racing at a time. Drivers must be at least 56 inches tall. Young passengers may ride with drivers ages 16 or older. Admission is $9 per driver per race or $25 per driver for three rides.
Combo packs and other specials are also available.
More information about the Rec Plex can be found online at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/rec-plex.
“We’re working hard to provide a safe and fun environment for the community,” Koehler said. “We appreciate all the support we’ve been given, and we look forward to seeing everyone every weekend.”