a wooden awning in the middle of the woods

Are you a military family looking for a peaceful place to go for a picnic that is local and close to base? Look no further than Rick’s Place located at 5572 Shenandoah Drive in Fayetteville. This 50 acre outdoor space is open to military families, veterans, and those who serve the military community. It is open from dawn to dusk, unless noted on social media for private events.

The Rick Herrema Foundation

Rick’s Place is short for The Rick Herrema Foundation. This foundation was created in 2014 by Special Forces soldiers to honor SFC Richard Herrema. He was born on March 28, 1979 and was killed in action in April of 2006, at the age of 27, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He lived a life of service to his country, family, and faith. He has been described by friends and family as someone who always put others before himself and tried to always find the positive in every situation.

The Mission of Rick’s Place is to “support relationships and build community for the military family – as broadly defined – through fun, quality activities.”

the outside of a house with two rocking chairs in the front

The Process

When you arrive to Rick’s Place, you need to check in first at the house pictured. It is required that you sign in every time you visit the grounds and complete a waiver form for your family on your first visit. This waiver is valid for one year from the date you signed it.

The Outdoor Spaces

Rick’s place is such a beautiful and serene place hidden away behind a neighborhood in Fayetteville. This 50 acre space has gardens, tree swings, plenty of picnic tables, zip lining, kid-friendly play areas, bonfire areas, and open spaces.

two swings hanging from a tree and a wooden table in front of it
a tree house in the trees
a wooden awning in the middle of the woods

How can you get involved?

  • Volunteer-areas available include; lawn maintenance, carpentry, special events, general labor, and working with horses.
  • Sponsor an Event-the next upcoming event is the O-Course on May 2, 2020
  • Donate-Your donations can help in many ways.

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