The people over at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation have been busy.
Earlier this month, MWR launched a new way to inform patrons of what’s happening in the MWR world.
Fulfilling MWR’s mission during a pandemic isn’t an easy ask, but MWR Director Derrick Gould and his team continue to provide services in a safe environment.
Here’s a closer look at a few things MWR has going on:
Alabama State Senior Bowling
For the first time Redstone Lanes Bowling Center will host the Alabama State Senior Bowling Tournament.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to show what we think is a showcase facility for us,” Gould said. “It’s also an opportunity for people who don’t know anything about Redstone – even if it is just going from the gates to the bowling center – to get to see what’s in here.”
The event will take place over three weekends, Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1.
According to Gould, the tournament will bring about 800 bowlers to post across the three weekends.
Redstone Lanes will be closed to private groups during the tournament, which takes place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
New billboard goes live
Drivers coming into Gate 9 may have noticed a new billboard during their commute.
Gould said MWR has had a plan to install a digital billboard since 2011, but funding finally allowed them to make the purchase a couple years ago. Then it took his team another two years to get through all the waivers, requirements and security issues that go along with installing anything on an Army post.
“We finally got through it,” Gould said. “It’s been a long, long, long time coming. It’s been a lot of work by our staff and when that thing popped on this morning, it was something else.”
The billboard will predominately feature messages from MWR, but it will also include some messages that have a broad impact on the workforce like in cases of emergencies or incoming inclement weather.
“It allows us to spread our message to thousands of our customers in a matter of minutes,” Gould said. “It will be continuously updated with new information as necessary.”
MWR Frame Shop open now
MWR recently reopened and relocated one of its more popular programs – the frame shop.
The MWR frame shop is now located at Outdoor Recreation in building 5139 on Sportsman Drive. The hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The frame shop provides custom matting and framing for artwork, posters, diplomas, photographs, etc.
There are plans to offer DIY options in the future, but it will be by appointment only.
The phone number for the Frame Shop is 876-7951.
Java Cafe, other eateries return
If you’re looking for lunch – or any other meal – on post, MWR has you covered.
One of the more popular places, the Java Cafe, is now open with safety measures in place:
No indoor dining allowed at this time, however, outdoor patio seating is available.
Face coverings are required while in line and any other time inside the facility when 6-feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
Customers are encouraged to use contactless card payments.
The café’s hours are: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also, opening for takeout only earlier this week, Greek Gyros is located at 114 Hankins Road. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The phone number is 842-0748.