Updated On: 1/3/2013 3:13:40 PM
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Location: Across from the PX and next to Burger King at 6918 Trooper Drive
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 1–8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Closed Thursday, Friday and Holidays
We’re here five days a week for you, including nights and weekends!
The woodshop has 2,400 square feet of floor space and all the specialized equipment needed to complete any project. A large selection of hardwoods, plywood and processed material is available for purchase. Our ceramic and pottery areas have a slab roller and two potter’s wheels (only accessible during warm weather), making it possible to create finished ceramic ware from scratch. You can bring in your greenware and bisque to be fired for a minimal fee. The matting and framing area has a huge selection of mats and frame stock as well as state-of-the-art equipment. We only use conservation and preservation mats, which are the best to preserve your framed work. After taking a beginner’s class you will be able to come and finish a project in one day with the help of our friendly staff. There is a scrapbooking area. Specialized equipment such as Xyron and an AccuCut die cutter for scrapbooking are available for walk-in use; there is a minimal fee.
The Arts & Crafts Center offers tours and classes for groups such as coffee groups, FRGs and Scouts. We can assist your Scouts in earning badges, woodworking and a variety of crafts. Coffee groups and FRGs, come and make a craft to send to your spouse or make a craft for your home — there are many projects to choose from. Contact our staff for more information, or stop in and see firsthand what you can make.
Automotive Skills Center
Location: 7753 Apennines Drive
Phone: (785) 239-9764/4028
Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; Saturday– Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
• Open bays with complete tool sets and roll-around benches
• 15 suspension lift bays, including a 12,000-lb. lift bay that supports the vehicle by its tires.
• Complete tool room
• Auto parts store
• Paint booth
• State-of-the-art engine rebuild and machine shop
• Inline fuel filter removal bay
• Mitchell on Demand reference library on DVD for both European and domestic cars with color-coded diagrams, updated repairs and trouble codes
• Trained mechanics available for assistance and advice
• Body Shop: Now open for business, providing technical skills and continuing education. You can attend a body shop class or do hands-on training.
• Engine Rebuilds: The engine-rebuild shop has a hot tank that will clean a manifold, heads and block within 30 minutes.
• Free Automotive Classes: While your Soldier is deployed, it’s time to learn more about the vehicle you’re driving. Why not take advantage of the free automotive repair class?
• Free 25-point Vehicle Check available to Family members of deployed Soldiers. Patrons must have verification of Soldier or Unit deployment, ID card, and the vehicle registration or title.
• Automotive Skills Center Club: Meets on the second Sunday each month at noon in the Automotive Skills Center. The Car Club is currently accepting applications for annual memberships. Membership is open to activeduty Soldiers, retirees, Family members, reservists, National Guard, and DoD civilians. Call for more information.
• Overnight parking
• Tire mounting, balancing, and repair
• Engine computer monitor
• Air conditioning service
• Front end alignment
• Brake drums and rotors turned
• Hydraulic press
• Welding services
• Flywheel grinding
• MacPherson strut replacement
• Broken bolt removal
• Pack wheel bearings
• Engine rebuilding services
• Ball joint installation and removal
• Fuel injector cleaning
• Battery recharging
• Valve grinding
Car trouble? Our Wrecker Service will tow you from anywhere on Post! Impound fee: $12.50/day. Call for towing fees: (785) 239-9764/4028
Location: 7756 Apennines
Hours: 24 hours, seven days a week
Git-R-Done for next to nothing at the Automotive Skills Center Car Wash. The car wash has the following for your use: change machine, vacuum cleaners, wax and drying area, and eight-bay car wash area.
The Automotive Skills Center body shop is open for business providing technical skills and continual education. Patrons must attend a body shop class or complete handson training before using the body shop area.
Front End Alignment
Wednesday–Friday, 12:30–6 p.m. Wheel alignment specifications: 1987–2009 passenger cars, vans and light trucks
Air Conditioning Service
The Automotive Skills Center professional staff mechanics will service your AC at a fraction of the cost compared with downtown dealers and repair shops.
Mac Mentor is a high-tech system with OBD11 Smart Cards, Scope Probe for European and domestic cars, Mercedes, Toyota, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Land Rover, Porsche, Jaguar, Saab and Volvo 1986-2005, and domestic cars 1984-2006.
Mitchell on Demand
Mitchell on Demand Reference Library on DVD has manuals for both European and Domestic cars with color-coded diagrams, repairs and trouble codes.
Auto Mechanics Skills Class
“Skills & Development Mandatory Basic Safety” Orientation and “Lift It Right” training every Thursday at 6 p.m. — $10 per person. The class will consist of a safety briefing and instruction on proper utilization of tools and equipment such as: personal protective equipment (PPE), personal protective clothing (PPC) and lifts. In order to earn a DA Form 3031 qualification card (required to use the Automotive Skills Center’s service area) the individual will be asked to demonstrate how to operate the equipment and lifts in accordance with established procedures outlined in this class.
The DA Form 3031 qualification card expires two years from the date it is issued. Individuals must register one week prior to the class in order to attend. Call (785) 239-9764.
Custer Hill Bowling Lanes
Location: 7485 Normandy Drive
Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
The recently renovated Custer Hill Bowling Center will reopen in the fall of 2012 and will offer updated bowling programs, more tournaments and enhanced youth programs. In addition, there will be 40 upgraded lanes with automatic scoring, accessibility for physically challenged patrons, and the Strike Zone Snack Grill.
The result will be one of the finest such facilities in the Army and an outstanding choice for those seeking a great place to relax and to enjoy with friends and Family. To find out more, call the Bowling Center.
Hours for all fitness centers are subject to change.
Please call for more information.
King Field House
Main Post at Bldg. 202
Offers a basketball gym, free weights, cardio equipment, racquetball courts and sauna in locker rooms.
Craig Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Bldg. 7024
Offers a basketball court, free weights, cardio equipment, racquetball court, sauna in locker rooms.
Leonard Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Bldg. 7632
Offers free weights, Nautilus and life Circuit Machines, sauna and two racquetball courts.
Robinson Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Bldg. 7832
Offers free weights and cardio, sauna and a racquetball court.
Long Fitness Center
Custer Hill, Bldg. 8069
Offers many amenities including training tank pool (winter only), basketball courts, sauna, two racquetball courts, weight room, softball fields and running track.
Eyster Indoor Pool
6940 Warren Road
Custer Hill Outdoor Pool
7465 Normandy Drive
Long Training Pool
8069 Normandy Drive
Rally Point Bingo
Location: 2600 Trooper Drive, Camp Forsyth
Phone: (785) 784-5434
Hours of operation: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, with Early Bird Bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, doors open at 12:30 p.m., with Early Bird Bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. and regular bingo beginning at 2 p.m. Rally Point Bingo is closed Sunday and Monday.
Rally Point has state-of-the-art bingo equipment and with electronic handsets, the game is easily played with the push of a button to mark the cards. Rally Point also has a full bar and Snack Bar. Bingo is restricted to Military members and their Families, retired military with ID cards and their Families, and those with DoD cards and their Families.
You are authorized to bring up to five guests who must sign in and play alongside you. No one less than 18 years old will be allowed in the facility during bingo unless a special event is being conducted for Families.
Location: 8067 Normandy Dr.
Main Line: (785) 240-6618
Takeout: (785) 240-6616
Hours: Sunday–Thursday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
Warrior Zone features free Wi-Fi, Alienware gaming computers, Xbox and PS3 gaming, billiards and outdoor barbecue. Warrior Zone also houses 40 iCafe computers loaded with productivity tools for your personal and professional development. Bring in your Netbook or laptop and print wirelessly from anywhere in the building. Warrior Zone Theater features two programmed features a night, with beverage and food service. Check online for features and showtimes.
The Java Café themed snack bar offers an eclectic multinational cuisine, prepared fast and fresh, anytime. Warrior Zone Café offers the entire menu for takeout seven days a week, 365 days a year, for a quick meal on the go. Just call your order in ahead! Warrior Zone Patio is the ideal spot for a catered event, seating 150 and offering grilled menu choices from dogs and burgers to steak and chicken. The conference room, with full AV support and catered breakfast and lunch items available, will be your go-to spot for small group training, meetings and events. Book the room at the front desk, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Location: 8067 Normandy Dr.
Phone: (785) 240-2782
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Habanero is across the street from the main Warrior Zone and offers Mexican-style breakfast and lunch, and snack items. It also is a great location for graduation and birthday parties, hail and farewells and more.
Custer Hill Golf Course (785) 784-6000
Location: 5202 Normandy Dr.
Hours: Summer hours (March 1 to Oct. 31): Monday 11 a.m. to dusk; Tuesday–Friday, 8 a.m. to dusk; weekends and holidays, 7 a.m. to dusk
Snack Bar Hours: Monday–Friday: 11a.m.–1 p.m.
Driving Range Hours: Sunday–Saturday, all day and all night
Pro Shop and Playing Course Hours: Inclement weather or snow on the ground will be cause for the Golf Course to close for the day. Please call the Pro Shop ahead of time to confirm hours of operation, tee time availability and tournaments.
The Custer Hill Golf Course on Custer Hill is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course design and offers challenges from tee to green on every hole for all levels of golfers. The course is an 18-hole championship course that plays over 7,072 yards from the tips. The Custer Hill Golf Course is excited to offer a variety of quality programs for the military Family, the single Soldier and everyone in between. During our golf season we offer lessons, clinics, tournaments, leagues and practice facilities. Let our staff help plan your next tournament. The Custer Hill Golf Course Snack Bar has your lunchtime favorites, be they the old standbys of hamburgers or cheeseburgers, or Philly chicken or steak sandwiches. Looking for some German cuisine? Try one of our famous Schnitzel sandwiches. Want healthier fare? Have one of our sandwiches, wraps or salads. If you are looking for a place for small group events, our Snack Bar can hold your small parties.
Our Pro Shop is fully stocked, and our PGA-trained staff can help you find what you are looking for. We can fit you with your next set of clubs or help you get the right gift for the special someone in your life.
Golf outings are a way of getting away from work and having some fun. Use them as teambuilding exercises or even hail and farewells.
Let our staff help you with your needs. We have 9-hole and 18-hole packages that can fit any need. Golf package pricing ranges anywhere from $15 to $39 and includes greens fees, golf carts, range balls and food. We can also help make your event special by doing custom hats or shirts for it.
Outdoor Recreation Center/Hunting and Fishing/Fort Riley Marina
Contact Outdoor Recreation (785) 239-6368
Location: 9011 Rifle Range Road
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hunting and Fishing (785) 239-6211
Many things have changed on this post over the years, but one mainstay has been an abundance of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. It really is no coincidence that Fort Riley is known as one of the premier hunting and fishing installations within the Army. Just the fact that we are located in north central Kansas is an excellent start. You would be hard pressed to find an area that has more species of game animals and in good numbers. Add to that some good management over the years and Fort Riley has become known as a destination for outdoor activity. For more information, call (785) 239-6211.
By far, the two most unusual species hunted on Fort Riley are elk and greater prairie chicken. For the 2012 season, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism awarded 25 elk permits, which were drawn from nearly 1,200 applicants. If you are lucky enough to draw an elk tag in Kansas, your chance of success is pretty good. Fort Riley currently has a population of approximately 125 elk. There are also small herds and single elk that can be found on private property near post, although their numbers are unknown.
Fort Riley is one of the last strongholds of the greater prairie chicken. Although these prairie grouse have declined throughout their range, their population index on Fort Riley has remained fairly stable through the years. It is one of the largest publicly owned tracts of land where prairie chickens can still be hunted. Another type of hunting on Fort Riley is fall turkey hunting, which can be challenging but rewarding. The number of permits available per hunter is four.
The other two species of upland game found on Fort Riley are probably a better-known quarry to most hunters. Ring-necked pheasant and bobwhite quail can be found in good numbers on post. While both species have experienced declines in overall numbers in the last 10 years, early indications are that they should be found in decent numbers. A couple of species that don’t get much recognition but make excellent table fare include rabbit and squirrel.
Both of these are abundant on Fort Riley and both have a long season for hunting. Deer hunting on Fort Riley is an exciting time for both the hunters and Conservation. The Fort Riley Deer Fact Sheet with specific season information is published and available on July 1 of each year.
There are 29 regularly stocked lakes and ponds on Fort Riley and the base also lies between the two largest lakes in Kansas. Stream fishing opportunities are excellent, with the Kansas and Republican Rivers on our southern boundary and Wildcat Creek on the north. Unless otherwise noted, all Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fishing and boating regulations (lawful fishing methods, equipment, creel limits, boating requirements) are in force on Fort Riley.
Installation anglers should refer to the Kansas and Fort Riley regulations, which are available from the Environmental Division Office. Fishing at a Fort Riley lake, pond or stream is allowed only when the area in which it is located is open for fishing. To find out what areas are open, call (785) 239- 6669, or visit http://fortriley.isportsman.net. Area designations are shown on the Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Map and Regulations, which is available for free at the Conservation Office. All areas not listed as open are off-limits. Fishing is permitted 24 hours per day south of Vinton School Road unless otherwise posted or restricted by military training activities. Fishing is closed from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise north of Vinton School Road.
Anglers must follow all state of Kansas and Fort Riley regulations before fishing on Fort Riley. Anglers fishing for trout at Moon Lake or Cameron Springs during the statedesignated trout season (Oct. 15–April 15) must possess a state of Kansas Trout Stamp as per Kansas regulation. For more information on fishing, visit the Environmental Division Office, Bldg. 407 Pershing Court, or call (785) 239-6211.
Fort Riley Marina
The Marina is located on Milford Lake and has more than 20 watercraft available for rent, including pontoons, kayaks, tubes, fishing boats, Jet Skis and ski boats. Also available is a playground for the children, and boat slips for easy access to the rentable watercraft.
Come out and enjoy a day at the lake. The Marina has pavilions for rent. Jet Ski rentals require an additional safety review, and a mandatory test will have to be passed by all patrons. All are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations will be accepted. Multiple boats will not be issued to one customer. Each boat rented must be to a Boater Safety Card holder. (The customer who rents a boat may be held financially liable for items that are lost, damaged or destroyed by causes other than fair wear and tear.) Marina property is for personal use only by the person to whom it is issued. Customers will not allow unauthorized persons to use or operate government property. For more information, stop by or call the Outdoor Recreation Center (785) 239-2363 or (785) 307-3798.
The Fort Riley Marina, on the north side of Milford Lake off Highway 82, opened in 2008. Watercraft and equipment are available to rent by Department of Defense personnel, active-duty Soldiers and their dependents with a boater safety card. Everything else is public access. Family and Morale and Welfare and Recreation patrons over 21 years of age may take a shortened safety course at the marina or Outdoor Recreation Center on post to obtain a boater safety card. Patrons under 21 are required to take a full boater safety course.
Pontoon boats, fishing boats, ski boats and Jet Skis can be rented by the hour, four- or eight-hour intervals. Water skis and other equipment also are available at the marina. Equipment costs do not include fuel costs. The Fort Riley Marina is open seven days a week with rentals available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Monday.
How to Access Fort Riley for Recreation
Recreational access is allowed in “Open Areas” of Fort Riley. Open Areas are those areas in which potentially dangerous military training is NOT occurring on a particular day. Call (785) 239-6669 to obtain a listing of the Open Areas for the day you wish to recreate on the fort, or visit http://fortriley.isportsman.net.
The listed Open Areas correspond to the Area designations on the Fort Riley Outdoor Recreation Map and Regulations, which is available for free from the Environmental Division Office, 407 Pershing Court. All individuals holding appropriate state of Kansas, federal and Fort Riley-specific permits and licenses may recreate in any “Open Area” on Fort Riley north of Vinton School Road. Department of Defense Identification Card-holders and their guests who are accompanied by them may recreate with a firearm in any “Open Area” south of Vinton School Road if they hold the appropriate permits.
Privately owned vehicle access to Fort Riley (including in the areas north of Vinton School Road) for recreational activities is allowed. All vehicles operated by persons entering Fort Riley for recreational purposes must register through http://fortriley.isportsman.net.and have a Natural Resource Vehicle Marker in their automobile or truck. Please log on to www.fortriley.isportsman.net and follow the instructions. The Natural Resource Vehicle Markers are free and may be picked up at the Environmental Division Office, Bldg. 407. For more information, visit Bldg. 407 at Fort Riley or call (785) 239-6211.
Each individual participating in recreation on the post must hold appropriate state of Kansas, federal and Fort Riley-specific permits and licenses. Additionally, all firearms must be registered before being brought onto the installation. Soldiers stationed at Fort Riley must register them with their unit’s arms room. Others may register their firearms at the Provost Marshal Office or the Environmental Division Office.
When you park on Fort Riley roads, be sure to pull off the road or trail so that large military vehicles can pass. If you park on the perimeter of the installation for walk-in access, be sure to pull off the road far enough so that you and your vehicle are out of danger from passing traffic, and don’t forget to put the Natural Resource Vehicle Marker on the dash.
ATV Area (785) 239-2363 or (785) 239-6368 Those interested in safety classes can contact the safety office at (785) 239-2514.
The new ATV and dirt bike riding and training area is open to Soldiers, Family members and Department of the Army civilians in Training Area 10 off Williston Point Road. The 243-acre area at Training Area 10 integrates safety into a high-risk activity. All riders will need to complete safety training before they come out for a ride, and all riders must participate on a buddy system. For information about the riding and training area, call Outdoor Recreation.
USO Fort Riley
6918 Trooper Drive
(785) 240-5326 (center)
(785) 240-5328 (main office)
Open 365 days a year.
Hours of operation: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m–8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, noon–6 p.m.
The USO center is a new 7,000-plus-square-foot facility and is co-located with Arts and Crafts and the Information, Ticketing and Registration office on Custer Hill.
Fort Riley Softball Complex
The Fort Riley Softball Complex is located at the intersection of McCormick Road and Pistol Range Road, adjacent to the Colyer Housing Area.
Opened in 1992, the complex features a concession area, restrooms, aluminum bleachers, a net-covered playground and electronic scoreboards and PA systems on each field. Soldiers will need to form their intramural teams through their units. Once the team is formed, call (785) 239-3764 to register for competition.
The center provides service members and their Families with access to:
• Free phone calls home
• Free Wi-Fi Internet access
• Several computer workstations
• Family room
• Conference room
• Snack bar area with free drinks and snacks
• Entertainment area featuring Xbox® 360 and PS®3 video gaming consoles as well as a Nintendo® and Wii™ area; pool, foosball, air hockey, poker and shuffleboard tables
• Large screen televisions
• Movie theater
• Comfortable living room-style seating
• United Through Reading’s Military Program
The center is open to all service members and Family members over 18 with a valid military ID. Families are welcome to take advantage of the family room, which features a computer, TV/DVD player, video game console and other activities for them to enjoy. Family hours also are available. Check the center for the latest times.
No Dough Dinners
Bldg. 7856, Drum Street on Custer Hill.
Free dinners are served the last business day before payday from 5 –6:30 p.m. during winter and spring months in Bldg. 7856, Drum Street on Custer Hill. Visit www.uso.org/fortriley for the latest dates and locations. The dinners feed approximately 250 people each time and are open to all active-service members and their Families.
United Through Reading’s Military Program
The program allows service members to be videotaped while reading children’s books aloud before they depart or while they are home on R&R.
A copy of the book, DVD and instructions, as well as information on United Through Reading, are mailed to the child and Family back home. The USO supplies recording equipment, books and packaging materials. The parent or caregiver at home is encouraged to share the child's excitement by photographing or videotaping the child watching the DVD and following along with the book. The photograph or DVD can then be sent to the deployed Family member, boosting the morale of the entire Family and enhancing the feeling of connectedness.
To schedule an appointment or for more information about helping with this program, contact USO Fort Riley. For more information on United Through Reading, or a list of other locations worldwide, visit www.uso.org/whatwedo/programs/unitedthroughreading
Single Service Member Homecoming Kits
The USO works with unit Family Readiness Support Assistants to provide basic toiletry items and snacks to single service members returning from deployments. Each kit contains a travel-size shampoo, soap and toothpaste, a toothbrush, nonperishable snacks and a thank-you note.
Units can request kits three to four months prior to redeployment. Travel-sized toiletry and nonperishable snack donations, as well as thank-you notes, can be dropped off at the USO building anytime.
Soldier Readiness Processing Center support service members spend many hours prior to and just following deployments taking care of all their paperwork at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center. USO volunteers and donors provide snacks, coffee and hot chocolate during these long days. Look for the USO banner and snack table at the SRP site on Custer Hill. Snacks and baked goodies can be dropped off Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the USO building.
Warrior Transition Battalion
Warrior Transition Complex
Room 127, Bldg. 627 Warrior Road The Warrior Transition Battalion Day Room is designed to provide Warriors with a place to relax, watch TV/movies and play video games or music instruments in their down time. Also available is a Digital Entertainment Library offered by Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE). The library features hundreds of DVDs and video games for WTB service members to check out for free.
The USO is a positive environment that depends on the support of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are needed for all USO programs, as well as the center. Spouses, veterans and retirees, as well as community members/organizations are welcome to the USO team, as well as Families, students and active-duty service members. Families: Several Familyfriendly volunteer opportunities are available that enable parents to share the experience and importance of service with their children.
High school students may also volunteer at select USO events to help meet their educational community service requirements.
Active-duty service members can volunteer in their spare time to work toward the Volunteer Service Medal and promotion points. Interested volunteers can contact the USO or the Army Community Service volunteer program for more information about volunteer service.
The USO works to put on special events whenever possible, whether it’s a Family Fun Day or an entertainer who wants to visit the installation. Details on various special events are posted at www.uso.org/fortriley.
The USO is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization with no direct affiliation with the federal government. The USO relies on the generosity of the American public to support its network of more than 160 locations worldwide. Corporate in-kind donations and sponsorships, along with volunteer hours and monetary contributions, help make the USO a success.