Property Purpose, Rules & Parties
COVID-19 UPDATE 03 APR 2020: Rick’s Place park greenspace and trail are open. The playgrounds are closed.
Rick’s Place is a 50-acre interactive greenspace 5.5 miles from Ft. Bragg. We are open dawn-to-dusk and free for The Military Family and those who serve the Military Family (definition below). Rick’s Place is the first of what we hope will be many interactive retreat centers around the US near military bases where service members experience numerous deployment cycles and seek to reintegrate after deployments.
Welcome to Rick’s Place
Please check-in at the Herrema House Welcome Center upon arrival.
Rick's Place Hours
[COVID-19 update 03 APR 2020: Rick’s Place greenspace and trail is open. The playgrounds are closed at the City’s request.] After the city resumes normal operations, Rick’s Place will open dawn-to-dusk, year round with exceptions listed on our calendar.
The Rick Herrema Foundation (RHF) strengthens relationships and builds community for The Military Family through fun, quality activities.
For specific activities, see below (parties, horses), our events page, RHF also hosts classes throughout the year, including summer day camps, family kickboxing classes, super messy art afternoons and kids’ theater seminars,
Who can use our park?
We serve the Military Family and we welcome those who serve the Military Family. This includes service family friends! All people who come to our park must agree to abide by our rules.
If you or a minor child in your care need accommodation for known needs, please let RHF staff know prior to arrival park so that a success plan can be discussed. RHF has created award-winning partnerships with the local EFMP family program, but those relationships work due to clear communication, advance planning and our visitors having skilled caregiver support.
Who is the in the "Military Family"?
The Military Family is comprised of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and their families, as well as Department of Defense civilians and contractors impacted by wartime stressors. The Military Family is the sphere of relationships the service member calls “home.”
Keep it Friendly
COVID-19 RULES: Updated 03 APR 2020. Rick's Place greenspace and trail are open; playgrounds are closed.
Park as directed by the signs. Please do not park in our neighbors' yards. Check-in at our visitor center (the house with the American Flag). If the center is unstaffed, sign the welcome book on the porch. Waivers must be signed by all visitors.
Accommodation needed? Call prior to your visit to discuss a success plan. For instance, RHF participates in an annual award-winning EFMP program where we work with the EFMP team to prepare, communicate and engage with EFMP's expert supervision. When we plan in partnership, we've seen excellent results.
Unsupervised, unaccompanied minors less than 17 years of age will be asked to leave the park. RHF is a park designed to help people bond with loved ones and unaccompanied minor services are outside of RHF's mission.
Play at your own risk.
No fires except in firepits or grills. No unattended fires. All fires must be extinguished before leaving.
No soliciting, vending or peddling.
No disfiguration or removal of property.
Varmints abound: Be aware of possible exposure to and allergic reactions to things such as insects, tick & snake bites, and/or poisonous plants.
We love dogs but we are not a dog park. Follow the City's dog leash laws. Dogs must be leashed. Limit of 2 pets per family in the park. Exceptions make for animal service organizations (approval required).
Supervise your kids. Staff will correct or redirect kids, especially where safety is an issue. We reserve the right to ask any visitor to leave the property.
Keep Rick’s Place clean.
Rough language can take a hike.
No fighting. In case of conflict please see a Rick’s Place team member or call 911.
No alcohol except by Rick’s Place permission.
Rick’s Place is a smoke free park with limited exceptions as designated by staff.
Unmanned aircraft (e.g. drones) require Rick’s Place permission to operate.
Be neighborly with noise: Observe Fayetteville noise control regulations.
Watch out for low-hanging limbs and tripping hazards.
Chickens may cross the road without having their motives questioned.
Lost something? Our Lost & Found is inside our Welcome Center.
"Rick's place is truly a hidden gem for military families.... Thank you, Rick's Place, for your support of the military families at Fort Bragg. It means more than words can express!”
"Ricks Place has been such a great outlet for myself & my children. To be around other military kids and moms has been so encouraging. I have met some amazing friends from Ricks Place that will be life long ones. Thank you for all you do for us military families!"
"We miss Rick’s Place so much! We are so excited to see it continue grow! We started gardening when my husband was TDY. It not only created a positive outlet for my kids and I, we gained very dear friends. Friends that have become like family!"
Simple parties (kids’ birthday parties, etc.)
Rick’s Place is more than a park. Rick’s Place is a positive culture to uplift The Military Family. Many people in The Military Family have worked tirelessly and sacrificially to build both the culture and the infrastructure you may enjoy today at Rick’s Place. As a result, we’re careful about how the property is used. It’s our “home.” We love sharing it, and we ensure the land and culture we poured sweat, money and love into are respected. We ensure our neighbors are also respected.
Many people have given simple parties at Rick’s Place. These parties are fun! They use what the park offers, no alcohol is consumed, and the organizers leave the park as they found it. The park remains open and the parties enjoy our pergolas, playgrounds, toy shed, open fields and picnic tables. For sanitation, we offer porta-potties stocked with hand-sanitizer. Simple parties seem to work well at Rick’s Place.
Is a Rick’s Place simple party for you? We ask that before you have a party, you come out and take part in a couple of Rick’s Place volunteer efforts or work days. You will learn about our culture and be able to better decide if Rick’s Place is the place for your simple party.
Private and complex parties
We are entering a construction phase for our park that requires full staff attention. As a result, we are not accepting any more reservations for private parties (weddings, reunions, or complex parties where alcohol is requested). Once we complete our Phase 1 and 2 construction plans, we will publish guidelines for private and complex parties.
The future: Horses!
Since Rick’s Place’s inception, we have planned on having horses come and interact with families in a way that is fun and that reduces stress. We look forward to a future where we can have horses at Rick’s Place on a regular basis. Horses have always been our most popular Fun Day attraction, and we look forward to a time where we can provide a more robust horse program. We are currently building a horse facility so that horses can be easily transported, fed, watered and be safe on the property – that is, have their hooves protected from construction debris. When we complete and clean up from our construction, we look forward to publishing our schedule and guidelines for fun, quality activities with horses!
Grill At Rick’s Place
You may bring your grill and cook out at Rick’s Place in accordance with the laws of Fayetteville, NC.
Disposal of hot coals:
Metal bins labeled “Coal Ash” are available for coal ash. Please extinguish coals with water (we have a hose at the garden) and then dispose of them in the metal coal ash bin.
Do not discard hot coals near vehicles or in plastic trash waste receptacles. Doing so could result in car or trash fire.
Keep Rick’s Place beautiful. All trash must be bagged and disposed of in plastic receptacles provided. If trash cans will not be adequate for disposal, it is your responsibility to remove and dispose of excess trash off‐site.