☷Ribbon cutting makes Toledo Bend accessible to public
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Col . Sam Smith , Fort Polk garrison commander , left , cuts the ribbon at the Toledo Bend Army Recreation Center ribbon cutting Nov . 18 . Courtesy Spc . Kelly Acevedo Public Affairs Office FORT POLK , La . — The Toledo Bend Army Recreation Center has been a pillar for Soldiers and military families of Fort Polk for years . The recreation site has been a place for events that built friendships , introduced fishing to those foreign to the hobby and brought a community together through kayaking and boating . Beginning Nov . 18 , the site will be open ...... to the public . A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commence the beginning of a new chapter for the site . Fort Polk garrison commander Col . Sam Smith thanked and recognized community representatives , legislators , Directorate of Public Works , Directorate of Emergency Services staff and the Toledo Bend employees for their hard work and coordination . “Thank you for helping us achieve our goal , which we have tried to do for a long time to create and enhance relations , ” said Smith . Known for support and leisure services , the Family and Morale , Welfare and Recreation program is one of many to use Toledo Bend as a place for fun events . Jonathan Cole , director of Fort Polk’s FMWR , was pleased about the site extending its estate to the public . “Toledo Bend has been a hidden gem in our region for decades . As we strive to continuously foster community relations , United States Army Garrison Fort Polk felt it would be a neighborly gesture to extend the use of our fantastic recreational area to the public , ” said Cole . A monthly event hosted by FMWR is the bass tournament . The public is welcome to compete in the tournament held on the first Saturday of the month . A $40 dollar entry fee is required per boat as well as a $5 fee per person for a big bass . The winner will receive 80 percent of the total entry fees collected . New visitors seeking for a place to host their own events can use the outdoor pavilion , which accommodates 200 people , or the meeting room that houses up to 100 people . Guests can check out the new welcome center on their way in from the gate . Inside they will find an indoor café that serves pizzas , sandwiches , wings and drinks . In case any supplies are forgotten , the Toledo Bend General Store can be found down the road . Lake attire , fishing supplies , ice , beer , sodas , snacks and charcoal can be found inside . The cozy cabins and outdoorsy yurts are available to rent . The cabins sleep up to five people and have air conditioning , ceiling fans , full baths and well - resourced kitchens . Each cabin has a grill and fire pit to use . The yurts have a small grill that can be placed on top of a fire pit . The recreation site provides an opportunity for people to safely operate all types of motorized watercraft on the marina . The process is easy for anyone and everyone . An online boating safety course is available . Proof of completion of the course must be present prior to attending a lake orientation . “The largest man - made body of water partially in both Louisiana and Texas , the largest in the South , and the fifth largest by surface acreage in the United States . The Reservoir offers an unlimited opportunity for year - round recreation . The U . S . Army Recreation Park available for swimming , boating , picnicking , fishing , camping , play areas , and sightseeing , ” as stated on the website . There is nothing better than when a community comes together and bonds through well - rounded activities or hobbies . When looking for where to go or what to do to for fun , consider Toledo bend as the place to visit next .
24 November 2022 ( November 24 2022 )
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