Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NAS Lemoore: Fun Is Alive and Well

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NAS Lemoore: Fun Is Alive and Well

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Fun is alive and well aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, CA. The MWR Department recently opened a new waterslide and fun center facility using both new and old ideas and facilities to fulfill its mission of morale building activities and healthful fun.

It began in early February, when John Earles, MWR director at Naval Air Station Lemoore, and several members of his management team were brainstorming about the upcoming summer program and discussing new ideas and concerns for the new waterslide that was just purchased and under construction at the "all hands" pool. The result was the beginning of a intense three-month project to plan and open a family fun center before the start of the swim season.

The targeted date for opening was May 28, 1994, with a major grand opening celebration and outdoor event.

A project team was chosen by the MWR director and included the community activities division director, recreation division director, and clubs division director and maintenance manager. Their mission was to "pool" their talents and ideas and start the planning process.

The project site is located within the base's enlisted club, "Squigglee's Nightclub and Cafe." The area is bordered by the department's mini golf range/golf driving range and "Tailgates," the department's sports recreation center.

The idea was to tie all the programs together and make a "Fun Center" targeted to all personnel from base kids to active duty military personnel.

Starting with the cafe, MWR knew the new program would need a snack bar to serve the poolside customers, so a walk-through was created between the pool area and Squigglee's Rock and Roll Cafe. In this walk-through area a 40-game, high energy video arcade was created to generate excitement for the kids and young sailors and income for the MWR Department. Also developed in the walk-through was a resale outlet stocked with all kinds of poolside merchandise such as sun tan products, straw hats, children's pool toys, MWR logo squeeze bottles, and the biggest seller, "Hawaiian Showcones." There also is a party room for special activities and children's birthday parties.

A new redwood deck was constructed, leading from the walk-through resale area to the pool.

Upgrades in Order

In the pool area the double 360-degree waterslide towered above the pool, and a new sand volleyball area was located just east of the 60-foot structure. With all the new construction going on an upgrade of the existing mini golf and driving range was also in order. New outdoor "turf" carpet was installed, and painting and updating of all the mini golf obstacles was accomplished by the MWR department's ace maintenance crew. …

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