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. . . Splashed Down at the Columbia Swim Center

Sunday, June 13, 2004; Page C02

. . . splashed down at the Columbia Swim Center. Sure, you've got to hike a little bit to get to the top of the five-story slides, but the payoff comes as you barrel through 660 feet of twisting tube before sloshing into the pool. Those in need of a break can try the rope swing that dangles from the bright geodesic roof. Still too wild for you? There's always the diving board or kiddie pool.

Lifeguard Michael Ferrari oversees the mouth of the tube at the top of the slide. (Craig Herndon For The Washington Post)

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Columbia Swim Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. The Splashdown slides are open from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays until the end of June and will reopen in September. There is a $10 fee for nonmembers. For more information, call 410-730-7000 or go to www.columbiaassociation.com/swimming.htm.

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