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Aerial view of the Family Aquatic Center, set to open Thursday at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

Aerial view of the Family Aquatic Center, set to open Thursday at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (Courtesy of U.S. Army)

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Pool’s open! Jump right in.

The Family Aquatic Center at Camp Humphreys opens Thursday, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of summer.

The center — the U.S. military’s first aquatic park in South Korea — will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The $7 million center affords community members of all ranks and ages not only a chance at fresh air and sunshine but access to several pools, a hot tub that seats 10, a sports area and a snack bar.

The main pool is Olympic-sized, and there’s also a diving pool with two one-meter diving boards and one three-meter board.

Along with those is a “splash pool” with tube slides and a separate water play area with a slide and a children’s play area with shallow water and a large serpent figure spewing water for kids to play in.

In addition, there’s a dry playground area with a volleyball court. Both have resilient surfacing to help prevent injuries.

The snack bar will offer beverages and snacks, including hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza, said Mike Ross, chief of community operations for the directorate of community activities at U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the park — “just cleaning up tile and stuff, touching up the paint here and there,” Ross said.

Post officials will schedule bands, karaoke and other live entertainment on the park’s outdoor stage, said Ross.

And they’re keeping in mind good eating, too.

“On alternating Saturday nights we’ll do either baby back ribs, fish fries or steaks,” said Ross. The on-post Alaska Mining Company restaurant will provide the food service, he said.

“We’re trying to make it fun,” he said.

Last summer, officials opened one portion of the park so community members could use the main pool and the diving well. About 250 turned out daily, Ross said.

“It’s an alternative to ‘the ‘Ville,’ ” said Ross, offering soldiers another diversion from the bar district outside post. And it means more entertainment for Camp Humphreys’ growing number of families.

Fees vary according to rank and other categories, and range from $2 to $6 for single visits, and $50 to $150 for season passes. Call DSN 754-6412 or commercial (031) 619-6412 for more information.

Get your feet wet

Some of the features offered at the Family Aquatic Center:

Olympic-sized poolDiving pool“Splash pool” with slidesHot tubDry playgroundVolleyball courtAlso on tap

Dry off and go looking for food and entertainment:

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