FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — With rising temperatures and school out for the summer, the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation opened the Rec Plex for the 2022 season on Saturday.
This is the first year things will be business as usual since the pandemic began, said FMWR Aquatics Manager Shawn Koehler.
“The entire staff at the Rec Plex and Wallace Pool is excited to be fully open,” Koehler said. “The staff was anxious to get back at it.”
Open from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and located at 5561 Constitution Avenue — across from the Main Exchange — the facility offers a variety of recreation options for the whole family, including a pool, splash pad, go-karts, miniature golf course and a snack bar. Koehler said seating can be limited, so customers are encouraged to bring their own outdoor chairs and loungers. However, he said outside food and drink, with the exception of fruit and water, are prohibited.
The Rec Plex consists of:
- Wallace Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad — an Olympic-sized outdoor pool with a two-story double slide, 12-foot deep end, two diving boards and splash pad for younger children. The daily rate is $4 for service members (including Reserve and National Guard), Department of Defense civilians and family members. For all others, the daily rate is $6; children 3 and under are free.
- Go-karts — up to 12 people with the need for speed can face twists and turns along a 1,000-foot-long go-kart track while observers can cheer them on from the grandstand area. Drivers must be at least 56-inches tall, and all passengers must ride with someone 16 years of age or older. The cost is $9 per driver, or $25 for three rides.
- Mini golf — the 23,000-square-foot miniature golf course features 18 holes, bridges and a waterfall. Cost is $9 for players ages 16 and up, $5 for children four to 15, and children three and under golf for free.
Koehler said the Rec Plex offers a combo deal that includes one game of mini-golf and one go-kart ride for those who want to do both. The deal is $15 for customers 16 years of age or older, $12 for children five to 15 and $5 for children 4 years old and younger.
For groups, Koehler said an all-access day pass option is available that includes the pool, mini golf and go-karts. The cost is $130 for four people, $159 for five people and $170 for six people. Each additional person is $25. Pool party options are also available by reservation during the day and after hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to the day-to-day options, Koehler said to be on the lookout for upcoming events at the Rec Plex. He said they are partnering with other FMWR programs to host more events throughout the summer.
“We love what we do, and we can’t do what we do without our patrons,” Koehler said. “We know with this being the first summer where things are back to normal, that people are ready to relax, have fun and blow off steam. We take pride in providing that atmosphere for the Soldiers and their families.”
Call 573.596.0843 or visit the FMWR website for more information.