By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterMay 24, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 24, 2012) -- Fort Rucker Families don't have to travel to the beach to beat the Alabama heat or get their time in the sun this summer.
Picerne Military Housing will throw its Pool Party June 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the Munson Heights Neighborhood Center, which will feature music, activities, food and fun, according to Brandon Masters, communications manager for Picerne Military Housing.
"We will have food for everyone and it will be free," said Masters. "We will have a taco bar, and since it's going to be a hot day, we will also have popsicles and drinks."
Masters said the pool will be the focus of the event but there will be many other activities that people can enjoy besides just swimming.
There will be a disc jockey that will be playing music for people to enjoy while they play in the multiple inflatables, like water slides and bouncy houses. Children can also take part in games like diving for coins.
"There will actually be big gold coins that we will be putting in the bottom of the pool and the kids can go diving for them," said Masters. "There will also be other activities around the pool where kids can shoot water guns, play basketball in the pool and things like that."
There will also be door prizes and giveaways for people as they come to the event.
Picerne's goal is to provide a higher quality of life for those that reside in the residential areas on Fort Rucker, according to the communications manager, adding that Picerne Military Housing puts on events like the Pool Party every summer to get the residents involved in the neighborhood centers and show them what they have to offer.
"[The Pool Party] will kick off the summer for the neighborhood centers and it's the last day of school for the kids and these events are a great way to show people what we've got," said Masters. "It's something we can do for them on post in addition to providing the housing. We also want to provide events for them so that the Families of Soldiers have something to do close to home."
The pools in the neighborhood centers will remain open throughout the summer and are available to the residents of the housing areas seven days a week.
In addition to having pools for the residents to enjoy, the Munson Heights Neighborhood Center also features a game room, Wii café, fitness center with locker rooms, pool table and a computer lab for those that have interests beyond swimming, said Masters.
"[The neighborhood center] is a great place for Families to go; it's basically an extension of their home," he said. "There is plenty to do and we just want to encourage the Families to come out and really use the facilities because that's what they are there for."