By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJune 15, 2018
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Summer is in full swing and the southern heat is out in full force, but Fort Rucker has got the remedy to beat the heat with one of its most popular recreation destinations.
Splash! Pool and Spray Park is fully operational and ready to serve the surrounding community with its double flume water slide, spray park, splash pad, diving board and aqua climb rock wall, said Ryan Clark, assistant aquatics manager.
The pool itself ranges from 3 1/2 feet at its shallowest to 11 1/2 feet at its deepest point.
For a short time, the spray park wasn't operational due to a faulty motor system preventing water pumping through the system, but that has been fixed, and children can once again fully enjoy what Fort Rucker's own water park has to offer, said Clark.
The spray park features four ring systems that spray water internally, as well as water cannons that children can use to spray each other with. There are also self-filling buckets that randomly dump water on unsuspecting park goers and there are geysers located around the spray pad.
There is also the tiki bar where patrons can purchase food and beverages during their visit.
The park is open Wednesdays-Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with Tuesdays reserved for maintenance, and it is open to the public. Also, the facility is available for private parties after 5:30 p.m., which people can book by contacting the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center.
Prices for admission depend on age and military affiliation.
Fort Rucker aquatics also sells season passes to the 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/.
Although the park is open for all ages, Clark reminds parents that all children should be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older, even if the children are proficient swimmers.
Splash! will also host its first Christmas in July, July 28, where people can enjoy activities and games in the sun and get a chance to meet Santa Claus during his off season, said the assistant aquatics manager.
Also, beginning Aug. 6, the park will return to weekend hours only to coincide with children returning to school, so Clark said people should take advantage of the summer hours while they still can.
Dog Days of Summer, another popular event hosted by the park, will also return Sept. 9 to close out the season where people are invited to bring their canine friends to take a dip in the waters of the park.
During dog days, no patrons other than pets will be allowed in the pools for safety reasons.
Clark also reminds people to stay safe when visiting Splash! or any of Fort Rucker's watery destinations by wearing sun screen and staying hydrated throughout the day.
For more information, call 255-9162.