By Connor Wolanski, Army Flier Contributing WriterJune 7, 2012
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (June 7, 2012) -- Fort Rucker's Splash! pool and spray park should start seeing a big boom in business as the hot months of summer arrive.
Located behind The Landing Zone, Splash! has long been a Family favorite in the Fort Rucker area.
"Splash! is the perfect place for Families to unwind during the hot Alabama summers," said Janice Erdlitz, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing director.
Splash! consists of a large swimming pool divided into a shallow end for the younger kids and a deeper end for older kids and adults. Two interlocking tube slides -- the favorite of many children -- feed into the shallow side of the pool, while a more challenging rock wall juts out of the water on the deeper side. The pool is completed by a diving board, and is carefully watched over by multiple lifeguards at all times.
"Splash! also offers a spray park for those younger kids not quite ready to take on the big pool," said Erdlitz. "It also offers mom and dad a place to sit back and relax while watching the kids play."
This proved to be true enough for Katy Sund, a military spouse and first time visitor to the Splash! pool June 4.
"I'm not really a big pool person," she said, adding that the main attraction for her was to relax in the sun while watching her kids enjoy the pool. Her daughter, Taylor, added her own thoughts about the Splash! pool.
"I really like the slide and the rock wall since I actually made it to the top," she said. "I've been here about six times or so -- they didn't have a lot of this stuff last time we were here."
The Sunds weren't the only Family enjoying the pool on an afternoon that saw temperatures exceed 90 degrees.
"We come at least once every couple of weeks during the summer," said Lanina Sasser, civilian. "It's clean, it's bigger. We come pretty far -- we live about 45 miles away." Her daughter, Sasha, was quick to explain that the slides are the best part about the Splash! pool.
"Quality of Life is important to us," said Erdlitz. "We strive to provide top quality recreational programming for our Soldiers and Families at Fort Rucker."
This assertion was backed up as nearly everyone had something positive to say about the Splash! pool's upkeep, level of cleanliness, and friendly and helpful staff.
"It's nice and it's clean," said Rhonda Hardy, a civil service employee. "This is the first time [we've been here] this year, and they love the water slides," she said, pointing at two young boys who wanted to keep their goggles on even as the Family got ready to leave.
"It's entertainment for them, that's the main reason we like to come," Hardy said. "And to cool off!"
"Family and MWR makes it a priority to offer fun safe recreational activities for your military youth," said Erdlitz. "Child youth and school services offers teen camps and summer programs to keep kids entertained and active during the school summer break, and Splash! offers a safe swimming activity for everyone."