By Jeremy Henderson, Army Flier Staff WriterJune 22, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As days count down to the dog days of summer, Fort Rucker's DFMWR aquatics branch invites the Wiregrass community to beat the heat with a trip to the SPLASH! Outdoor Pool and Spray Park.
"SPLASH! Outdoor Pool and Spray Park offers a double flume water slide, spray park, diving board and aqua climb rock wall," Rob Koren, DFMWR aquatics manager, said.
According to Koren, SPLASH! is open to the public Wednesdays-Mondays from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The park is closed on Tuesday's for maintenance and cleaning.
"The pool itself offers the waterslide, rock wall and diving board," he said. "It ranges from 3.5-feet at the shallowest end to 11.5-feet at the deepest end.
"The spray park may be used by adults and children of all ages," he added. "It contains spray features, dump buckets and water cannons. Children should always be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older -- even if the child knows how to swim. Additionally, parents should always watch their child and be within arm's reach at all times for weak swimmers."
According to Koren, safety should always be a top priority, and simple steps can be taken to ensure enjoyment before and after a visit to SPLASH!
"Sunscreen should be worn by everyone, regardless of their age and skin type," he said. "Sunscreen helps to block harmful UV rays that the sun gives off which is the cause of sunburn and heat rash and sun poisoning. Sunscreen should be applied regularly throughout the day, especially when swimming as the water will wash it off."
SPLASH! is open to the public; however, admission prices vary based on age and military affiliation.
"There is a fee upon the entrance to SPLASH! based on age and if you are active duty or retired military, DOD civilian or contractor, or a member of the 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 or visit https://rucker.armymwr.com/programs/aquatics/.
"Patrons can purchase food and snack items at the tiki bar on the upper pool deck," he added.
According to Koren, the next special event at SPLASH! will be the annual Dog Days of Summer Swim Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participants can bring their dogs to enjoy a dip in the SPLASH! outdoor pool. Cost is $7 per dog. No people are allowed in the pool water with the dogs unless there is an emergency with a dog in distress.
For more information about SPLASH!, call 255-9162.