Pulaski Park ready for outdoor fun

by Christine June
USAG Kaiserslautern

April is here and with it the sounds of children playing outside and the smells of barbecue in the air; it can all be found at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern’s Pulaski Park, located on Pulaski Barracks.

Renovated in 2003, Pulaski Park offers the KMC a chance to enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities, said Steve Selvey, the garrison’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation manager.

It was one of the many services and projects that helped the garrison be selected as a semi-finalist for the 2004 Army Communities of Excellence for the Installation Management Command-Europe award competition. Now, the park is tied into the Army Family Covenant – a commitment by Army leadership to improve the quality of life for families.

Centrally located, the park is nestled between Pulaski Barracks and Vogelweh.

Spc. Joshua Crawford, the garrison’s Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers president, who has rented the park last year for the BOSS Single Soldier Day, said the park is at a good location because the grills from Outdoor Recreation and food supplies from the Vogelweh Commissary are nearby.

For reservation purposes, the park is cut in half by the road leading from Pulaski Gate 11 to the Vogelweh circle, passing Pulaski Auto Skills. Renters can reserve a whole or just one side of the park, said Kerri Schmitt, recreation assistant at Outdoor Recreation.

The upper half of the park is about 7.86 acres, or 31,970 square meters, and has a basketball court, volleyball pit, playground, a stage, and pavilion with a built-in grill and picnic area. The lower half of the park is about 8.3 acres, or 33,590 square meters, and offers a track, baseball field and pavilion with a built-in grill. 

All U.S. ID cardholders are eligible to reserve the park for group or individual functions, such as unit functions, family barbecues or birthday parties.

Reservations can be made for a day and can be reserved throughout the year,

Ms. Schmitt said.

Pets are not allowed in the park.

The entire park for a day can be rented for $75. Just one side costs $50 a day. To reserve Pulaski Park, visit Outdoor Recreation in Bldg. 2905 on Pulaski Barracks or call at 493-4117 or 0631-3406-4072.