Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss. Although we are just about to welcome the first day of summer, the summer heat has already begun. Luckily, Fort Bliss has great aquatic opportunities for the entire Team Bliss family with four pools and two splash parks.
Fort Bliss MWR offers an indoor and an outdoor pool, open to all military ID card holders, who may be requested to show those IDs for entry.
Replica Aquatic Center features an indoor Olympic-sized pool, which is also available for pool parties. Every Saturday morning the pool is solely open to the youngest members of our Team Bliss family with the Baby Bubble Hour from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Replica hosts free water aerobics classes every day with the exception of Friday and Sunday. It also offers paid swim lessons from Mommy and Me to water polo to simply learning how to swim.
If you are looking for some summer pool fun in the sun, visit the Fort Bliss Community Pool off Sheridan Road. This pool features slides, shaded seating and outdoor carpeting.
Balfour Beatty residents also have two more pools available for use: one in the Beaumont housing area behind Fisher House on Sternberg Street and the second in the Paso del Norte housing area on Ellerthorpe Avenue.
Both West Fort Bliss and East Fort Bliss offer splash parks open to the entire Team Bliss family: Biggs Water Park located on Sergeant Major Boulevard and Kelly Park on Marshall Street across from the Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museums.
From reading the many comments on my “Tell it to Col D” Facebook page, I know many of you are already taking advantage of the many aquatic centers Fort Bliss offers. So I want to encourage you to get there early as many of the facilities reach capacity and have to turn guests away.
To learn more about dates, times and costs, visit www.blissmwr.com/pools.
While you are outside soaking up those rays, don’t forget to stay hydrated. With temperatures reaching the triple digits, sweat can evaporate so quickly that you may not realize how much water you’re losing. Dehydration may occur before you actually get thirsty, so drink water throughout the day, not just when outdoors. While water does not have to be your only source of hydration, limit the number of sugary or caffeinated drinks, as they only further dehydrate you.
You can even stay hydrated by snacking on water-filled foods. Most fresh fruits and vegetables are largely water, so a serving of cucumbers or watermelon can further prevent heat-related illnesses.
I also want to take the time to say how pleased I am with the response to the Facebook page. With more than 2,100 “Likes,” I hope to continue to use it as an outlet to keep the Fort Bliss family informed as well a forum to hear from the community. Your comments help me gauge the needs and desires of the community, and I look forward to reading every one. We’ll close this out with a comment from Tiffany, who made a complimentary post about the military police’s attention at the Let Freedom Sing concert Friday via my Facebook page:
“I just wanted to say thank you to the MPs. I came back from volunteering at [Freedom Crossing], and left to go home around 2130. When I came into Aero Vista, they were checking IDs. I really appreciate the extra effort to keep us all safe!”
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