Since 1925, Fort Monmouth has stood as a landmark in our area.
What began as the Signal Corps training facility in Little Silver eventually grew into a massive hub for military communications housing the Communications-Electronics Command center. Hundreds of communication advancements and firsts came from the fort, including the forerunner of the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force. In 2005 the Base Realignment and Closure commission ordered the closure of Fort Monmouth and the relocation of the CECOM to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. In 2011 after the CECOM had been successfully moved to Maryland, the fort closed.
Today, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority is tasked with reinventing the nearly 1 square mile of land left vacant. Each building was evaluated and marked for sale in accordance with the master plan for the site, which includes a nursing school, housing, town center, gym, brewery, and much more. Our little piece, the Fort Monmouth Bowling Center and Building 682 (a ham radio hub), were built in the mid 1900’s and have provided entertainment for the community and soldiers alike.
Since acquiring the center, we have been working diligently on our plans to bring a full entertainment center to the area. The existing 20 lanes are to be refurbished with top of the line management software, upgrades, and furnishings. We will be adding a 40 seat bar, full restaurant, and outdoor dining featuring nostalgic craft cocktails, local canned beers, pizzas, and refined bar food. Tying the two together will be VIP lanes and party rooms available for kids’ parties, corporate events, fundraisers, or other life events!
While we are updating the center, we are truly looking forward to remaining a staple in the community. We are already planning events that bring our local law enforcement, first responders, and customers together. To honor the history of the building, we will have special promotions days to honor our nations armed forces and their families.