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COMMUNITY CORNER – Keep safe and secure during extended weekend

By Col. John D. Lawrence | GARRISON COMMANDER | October 06, 2017

     We’re heading into a hard-earned, well-deserved long weekend and while I encourage everyone to make the most of their time off, I’d also remind you to play it safe this Columbus Day weekend. The temperature has dropped slightly, but the weather forecast looks pretty good for the next few days, so I’d expect many people will opt for outdoor activi­ties.

     Some of the popular op­tions locally include fishing, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and bird watching.

     On post, we have four parks, each with differ­ent features and facilities. Three are open year-round, sun­rise to sunset, and are great places to enjoy a day of fun and relaxation during the fall season:

     • McCormick Park is on McCormick Road, near Fort Riley’s Grant Avenue gate. There are pavilions, play­grounds, a basketball court and restrooms.

     • Wyman Park is at the intersection of Huebner and Dickman roads. The centerpiece of this park is the authentic 100-year-old locomotive — a popular place for kids.

     • Moon Lake Park is a stocked fishing area. It also has pavilions, playgrounds, disc golf and restrooms.

     • The Fort Riley Marina is closed until spring.

     The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Center, at 5202 Normandy Drive, has equip­ment for rent and informa­tion on the best places to go camping, hunting and fishing. Call 785-239-2363 or visit riley.armymwr.com/ programs/outdoor-recreation for a full list of options avail­able through the center.

     Whether you choose a physical activity, relaxation or hunting with a gun or camera, become informed before you participate in the activity.

     A good source for in­formation about outdoor activities on post is the Fort Riley isportsman.net website. Click on “Army,” then select “Fort Riley” for the latest news, recreational informa­tion, maps, activities and the check-in and check-out system.

     For those venturing off the installation, check out the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website at ksoutdoors.com. This site has a wealth of information for outdoor activities, parks, wildlife and nature areas across Kansas.

     So make a plan to enjoy time with family or friends this weekend and throughout the fall season. Fort Riley, the Flint Hills Region and the state of Kansas have unique options for enjoying the great outdoors.

     — To comment on this article or to suggest a topic for Commu­nity Corner, email usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.post-newspaper@mail.mil or visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortrileygc.