By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterAugust 18, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Summer is on its last legs, but that doesn't mean the party is over just yet as Splash! Pool and Spray Park gets ready to throw a party for all ages.
Splash! invites guests to join in the fun during their Summer Luau Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. where people can enjoy swimming, inflatables and good old summer fun before the end of the season, according to Rob Koren, Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation aquatics manager.
"The event will allow MWR to put on a large event for everyone to enjoy and it will be the last big event for patrons before the pool closes for the summer season," he said. "This is a great way for Fort Rucker MWR to provide the installation and surrounding community members with an affordable and enjoyable leisure and recreational experience (before summer winds down.)"
During the luau, people can purchase food and drink, as well as participate in corn hole, dunk tank, limbo contest, line dancing and T-shirt tie-dying, for which patrons can bring their own shirt or purchase one for $5.
The event is open to the public and admission is standard daily entrance fee for non-season pass holders, said Koren, and if people have purchased a season pass, they need only to show it at the front desk for entry.
"All are welcome to come and enjoy the swim, sun and fun," said the aquatics manager, adding that no outside food or beverages are allowed to be brought into the facility. Additionally, people should not bring swim noodles or toddler and infant chairs, and all life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved.
If people are hungry, The Landing will be catering the event with pulled pork sandwiches, a bag of chips and a beverage that people can purchase for $6 per plate.
Splash! is Fort Rucker's largest recreational pool, and it features a spray park for children, a flume slide, a rock wall and a diving board. There is also a Tiki Bar for the adults.
After Splash! closes its doors for the season, people are also invited to come out for the Dog Days of Summer Dog Swim, which will be Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m.
During this event, people are invited to bring their dogs to take a dip in the pool to cool down before summer's end at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center located on Andrews Ave., said Koren.
"Cost is just $5 per pup, and we ask that all participants register before the event at the fitness center," he said.
When people come to register, pet owners must bring a copy of their dog's vaccination records to be kept on file for health and safety purposes, and no registration will be accepted without the proper records, said the aquatics manager.
For more information on either event, call 255-9162.