Fort Irwin has been continually growing and changing since its re-establishment in 1981. Here’s an update on some of the latest projects that are helping the community become an installation of choice:
The zero-depth water spray park is set for completion by the end of August. Located near Coyote Activity Center, it will include a variety of water activities for children to enjoy.
Plans are in the works for a new water treatment facility that will serve the more than 20,000 people who live and work on Fort Irwin. The new facility will replace the current one and will provide more than 5 million gallons of water each day. The project is set to be awarded to a contractor by Sept. 30, and is slated for completion in fiscal year 2015.
The new playground and community pavilion were completed in July and are open for use. The area, near the intersection of Barstow and Inner Loop roads, features a covered concrete pavilion with restrooms, a shaded playground, and shaded picnic areas.
Reggie’s closed indefinitely on June 18 for an extensive brand overhaul. The new brand will provide a casual dining atmosphere with great menu items and impeccable service. It will be more than just a place to eat, it will be a destination to enjoy a tastefully simple menu of grilled American fare paired with your favorite full-flavored crafted brews. The first phase of renovation, including the bar, will be complete by the end of September. The second phase of renovation, including the corridor and other areas, will be complete by the end of October. The facility will reopen by Veterans Day.
The Warrior Zone, located in Ingalls Recreation Center, is set for completion at the end of December. It will be a place for Soldiers to relax and socialize and will feature a variety of lounge areas.
The new aerobics center, located on Third Street across from Ingalls Recreation Center and Freedom Fitness Center, is set to open Oct. 25. It will provide space for fitness classes such as yoga and spinning.
A new hospital to replace the current Weed Army Community Hospital facility is set for completion in 2015. The new hospital will be a state-of-the-art medical facility that will serve the 15,000 service members, family members, and retirees in the Fort Irwin and High Desert areas. It will be the first carbon-neutral hospital in the Department of Defense, meaning it will generate more power than it will use through an array of solar panels. The project has been delayed by four months due to environmental requirements.