FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As the South embraces for the hot summer months ahead, Fort Rucker's Splash! Pool and Spray Park is opening for the season with a free event that's sure to cool people down.

SPLASH!, located behind The Landing, will kick off the summer swim season on the installation with its Customer Appreciate Grand Opening celebration May 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with plenty of early summer fun that's sure to beat the heat, according to Lynn Avila, Fort Rucker special events coordinator.

"This is our customer appreciation event and it will feature games, inflatables, a bubble area for young children, sand play area, limbo, bounce houses and more," said Avila. "This is to kick off the swimming season for SPLASH! and it's the only time of year the park will be free for people to enjoy."

The event is open to the public and, Avila said, it's a great way for people to become familiar with the park, which features double flume slides, a diving board, climbing wall, spray park for children and lounge areas. The pool itself ranges from 3 � feet at the shallow end and 11 � feet at the deep end.

The spray park features dump buckets and water cannons for children to use, but Avila reminds parents that children should always be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older.

"There is something for all ages here, and the event will be a great way to kick off the summer and the weather is going to be the warmest it's been up to this point. It's a great way for people to cool off," said the special events coordinator.

Food will also be available for purchase at the tiki bar on the upper pool deck.

Following the event, SPLASH! will operate Wednesdays-Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with daily rates depending on age and military affiliation. Group rates and season passes are also available, and private pool parties can be booked between 5:30-9 p.m.

Season passes can be purchased at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center on Andrews Avenue or MWR Central located on the first floor of Bldg. 5700.

For more information on pricing and entrance fees, call 255-2296 or visit https://rucker.armymwr.com/programs/aquatics/.

"This is a great way for people to start off their summer," Avila said. "So, why not come out and start with this free event?"