(3) Music. Instrument storage and checkout, music
(8) Youth Activities. Local Family Centers may
practice rooms, listening rooms, and spaces for jam ses-
include provisions for youth activities, unless they are
sions and small performances are essential to all Local
separately housed locally for their independent identity.
Centers. Larger Centers may also have a large perform-
For program space, they will share all the functional
ance hall, although the large program area in the social
areas described above. They should have their own
activities spaces may suffice.
administrative and equipment storage space, and possi-
bly some dedicated meeting rooms.
Drama. Drama activities may take place in the cen-
(9) Child Development. Location of child development
tral program area or multipurpose rooms. Support
facilities is a matter of assuring an adequate post-wide
spaces are required if drama is to be an important func-
provision of these services. However, Local Family Cen-
tion in the center. In addition to an auditorium with
ters are very appropriate for full day, part day and hourly
stage, support spaces include dressing rooms, rehearsal
programs. Hourly care should be provided for the conve-
rooms, and a workshop/storage area. The scene shop
nience of parents using the other facilities at the center,
area can often be combined with the arts and crafts
or other MSA and non-MSA services on post. Full day
wood shop area.
and part day programs located here, would benefit from
(5) Library. Branch libraries may be included in larger
the proximate location to family housing. Both hourly, full
Local Centers. They have a general collection, card cata-
day and part day programs require separate spaces for
logue, reading area and periodicals area. In Family Cen-
infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
ters, a children's room should be included. Although
(10) Other MSA and Non-MSA Functions. Bowling
there is generally a separate library control desk, some
facilities, chapel, and Army community service facilities
of the supervision functions can be performed at the
might be included at large Local Centers, if this fits the
main control desk when library program specialists are
post-wide program. But, they are more likely appropriate
not available. In a small center without a branch library,
at the Main Post Center. Some small commerical facili-
a small magazine, recreational reading, and paperback
ties are desirable, perhaps including a branch PX, retail
rack may be programmed for the lounge.
store, small snack area, and postal service booth.
(6) Physical Fitness. Small Local Centers commonly
do not have gymnasiums, but should be sited near
existing gymnasiums and other such facilities. Physical
fitness spaces are major generators of activity for larger
Local Centers. They are heavily used by the troops.
Due to funding priorities, swimming pools and other spe-
cialized facilities may or may not be programmed for the
Family Centers. The physical fitness spaces in each
type of center are as follows:
Troop Centers: Three-module gymnasium, 25 - meter
indoor or outdoor swimming pool, handball/racquetball
courts, exercise and fitness rooms, and support spaces.
Family Centers: multipurpose gymnasium which also
serves as a performance space, handball/racquetball
courts, exercise and dance rooms, possible outdoor
swimming pool, and support spaces.
(7) Outdoor Sports. Troop Centers are often located
near unit-oriented playing fields and courts. Family Cen-
ters include some playing fields and courts.
Troop Centers: tennis courts, a track, baseball fields,
a softball field, badminton courts, and basketball courts.
Family Centers: tennis courts, a softball field, basket-
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