After nearly a year of renovations, Olive Physical Fitness Center is now open to active-duty Soldiers.
Colonel Jeremy D. Bell, Fort Campbell garrison commander, cut the ribbon June 23 during the grand reopening and thanked those from different directorates who played a role in the project. This included those who were instrumental in designing the new layout, choosing the equipment and ensuring the project came together.
“When everybody up and down the chain of an organization truly owns their tasks and they come in day to day to get that task done, you can’t fail as an organization,” Bell said. “There was not a single day without challenges, but you overcame every single one.”
Stacye Downing, director of Fort Campbell Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said the facility’s new equipment was selected to meet Soldiers’ needs.
“This is all new,” said Downing, as she showed off a room full of circuit training weights in the former racquetball court. “Modernizing to support mission readiness is one of the No. 1 priorities in Family and MWR.”
Lozada, Gertsch and Fratellenico PFCs also are slated to be renovated and modernized, she said.
After the ribbon cutting, Soldiers and Family members toured Olive PFC, enjoyed refreshments and listened to members of the 101st Airborne Division Band perform.
Shay Prather, MWR supervisory sports specialist, said there are many new trainers available to help Soldiers meet their workout goals.
“The new exciting feature is the turf,” Prather said. “This gives the patrons the opportunity to do alternate exercises for the new Army Combat Fitness Test. It is important to keep our physical fitness centers fresh and up-to-date to support the new training guidelines, and to bring in different equipment that Soldiers can use to support their physical fitness needs.”
Other new equipment include a functional fitness rig, and eight new Olympic weightlifting platforms, as well as Pit Sharks, Tank sled, Concept rowers, Spark trainers, Arc trainers, SkiErg, and more, Prather said. There also are new kettlebells, medicine balls and dumbbell sets.
The renovation of Olive PFC included fresh paint for the interior and exterior, new roofing and windows, a redesigned entrance and floors. There are new lockers and the doorways have been widened, Prather said. The old racquetball court and handball court were expanded to one large area for weight-lifting machines. The facility also features an updated sauna.
Prather said she is excited about the changes and atmosphere.
“It’s been a while since it’s been renovated, many years, so that’s a big deal,” she said. “We have new equipment and it’s just a big celebration to see the things we’ve been able to add and do for our Soldiers and Families.”
Tony Rescueman, Olive PFC manager, said the center will serve as a morale boost for those who use it.
“At MWR, we try to present the Soldiers with the best equipment and services available,” Rescueman said. “Over time, each facility and all the equipment ages. What this renovation does is provide them newer and better equipment to use. No one wants to exercise in a place that’s old and dingy.
He said the new paint, look and equipment will provide motivation and target areas to help Soldiers pass the ACFT and progress in their careers.
If you go
Olive Physical Fitness Center, 6990 A Shau Valley Road, is open to active-duty Soldiers only, 5 a.m.-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; and 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays. The capacity under COVID-19 conditions is 95 people. For more information, call 270-798-4101.