By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterJune 1, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As longer days lead to warmer waters, Fort Rucker's Directorate of Family, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics Branch offers several options for the summer swimming season.
Patrons can seek aquatic relief from the heat at the SPLASH! Outdoor Pool and Spray Park, located behind The Landing on Novosel Street.
"This location is our 'family' facility and comes complete with an AquaClimb rock wall, a diving board, water slides and a spray park for the younger kids," Rob Koren, DFMWR aquatics manager, said.
According to Koren, SPLASH! is open Wednesdays-Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The park will be closed on Tuesdays for maintenance and cleaning.
"There is a fee upon entrance to SPLASH! based on age, and if you are active duty or retired, DOD civilian or contractor, or general public," Koren said. "Fort Rucker aquatics also sells season passes to this facility that can be purchased at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center on Andrews Avenue or at MWR Central on the first floor of the Soldier Service Center, Bldg. 5700.
For more information on pricing and entrance fees for SPLASH!, call 255-2296.
SPLASH! will also host the Summer Luau June 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"(The event) will have many activities for the entire family to enjoy," Koren said. "There will, of course, be swimming. However, the event also features an inflatable water slide, line dancing, limbo contests, a bookmark craft activity from the Center Library and a dunk tank.
"Patrons can purchase food and snack items at the tiki bar on the upper pool deck," he added.
In addition to swimming at SPLASH!, Lake Tholocco's West Beach swimming area, located on Johnson Road, will also open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
"Lake Tholocco's West Beach swimming area is another great natural escape for children and families alike," Koren said.
Swimming will be permitted Fridays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This natural swimming area offers a sandy beach, waterslides and an inflatable water trampoline. There is an entrance fee to use the swimming area. For information regarding fees, please contact Fort Rucker Outdoor Recreation at 255-4117.
Flynn Outdoor Pool will be undergoing some renovations and repairs this summer and will not be open. The indoor swimming pool located at the Fort Rucker PFC, Bldg. 4605 Andrews Avenue, will be open year round for physical training and fitness swimming. Recreational swimming will not be permitted beginning June 5 through July 30.
"If families would like to take their children to a pool or enjoy recreational swimming, we urge patrons to utilize SPLASH! Outdoor Pool or Lake Tholocco," Koren said.
Before dipping toes into the water, Koren urges patrons to take a few simple precautions to ensure their aquatic experience is both fun and safe.
"No one should ever swim alone," he said. "Everyone should either swim with a buddy or in a supervised area with a trained lifeguard on duty. Lifeguards are a great asset to safety at any swimming facility, but parents should always know where their child is and what their swimming abilities are. If the child cannot swim, parents are expected to be within arm's reach of the child at all times. Do not assume the lifeguard will watch your child as they have other patrons to watch as well. Safety is everyone's responsibility and should be taken seriously at all times."
For more information about swimming facilities and opportunities on post, call 255-9162.