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Maj. Sean O’Berry plays air hockey with his 10-year-old son, Ryan, inside the new Old Cavalry Post Community Center at the northernmost end of Fort Sill Boulevard after they helped cut the ribbon to the facility on Wednesday.

Sill celebrates new community center

The Fort Sill Garrison Command joined its Residential Community Initiative (RCI) partner, Corvias Military Living, in celebrating the grand opening of a new community center on Wednesday.

The Old Cavalry Post Community Center at the northernmost end of Fort Sill Boulevard will serve residents of some 500 post housing units on the north side of the garrison, according to Laura Rudicel, communications manager for Corvias Military Living.

$2.5 million facility
The $2.5 million facility mirrors the Southern Plains Community Center on Geronimo Road. It boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a fitness center overlooking a playroom for children, a rec room, a kitchen area, a meeting room and a laundry.

Brian Beauregard, Fort Sill program director for Corvias Military Living, said this is the 30th community center the company has built on the military installations it serves, and he is just as proud of this one as he was of the first one 10 years ago. He quoted a former Installation Management Command chief who during a tour of one such center called it "an extension of your living room."

"I think it's a great opportunity. It's a high-end, quality facility that gives another option to the family members, the children and the soldiers, to come and enjoy the services provided here," said Fort Sill Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Waters.

Waters said he likes the sports room because, for those who can't get a sitter or are new to the area, they can watch their kids in the playroom while they're getting a workout.

It will also provide a place for Family Readiness Groups and other organizations to meet, or for families to hold birthday parties, he said.

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