UPDATE (1/1): Redstone Arsenal officials tell WAAY31 the installation will delay access to the general public due to safety issues. Non-affiliated Redstone citizens can still apply for access beginning January 2nd, but they will not be allowed onto the Arsenal until further notice.
Starting in 2019, a new policy will be installed at Redstone Arsenal that will give the public easier access to the army post. In January, anyone who does not have any direct affiliation with Redstone Arsenal can receive a one-year access pass to the installation after passing a background check.
This pass will allow the public to attend a variety of recreational facilities inside the gates of Redstone Arsenal, such as a bowling alley, golf course and camp sites, without having to be escorted by a family member or friend. Previously, a person would need a sponsor or to know somebody that works at the post.
Garrison Commander Kelsey Smith says this move will help increase the local awareness of the many services and recreational facilities available to people, regardless of if they work on the installation or not.
"We have plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy leisure, recreation, as well as to visit friends and family," Smith said. "We believe it's our opportunity to extend our hand, make it a bit easier while at the same time not compromising our security."
Members of the community can begin to apply for a Redstone Arsenal pass on January 2nd at the Gate 9 Visitors Center. The pass will last for one year before needing to be renewed.
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