Detroit residents came out yesterday for the grand opening of Palmer Park’s new splash park. The park, made possible from funding donated by Lear Corporation, is the second splash park to open in the city. According to People for Palmer Park’s website, the splash park replaces the non-functioning pool which closed many years ago.
The splash park, also known as spray parks and spraygrounds, consists of many colorful spouts that spray out water in many directions. It also has ground nozzles that spray water upwards out of the ground. The splash park is motion-censored, programmed to turn on at 10 a.m. and turn off at 10 p.m.
The celebration started at 2 p.m. but my daughter and I didn’t arrive until 4:30 p.m. Unbeknownst to us, there was a glitch with a water main that caused a delay. According to reports it took firefighters 2 hours to get the equipment to work. Fortunately, the delay didn’t seem to dampen spirits.
The Detroit event featured a D.J. that played lively music and picnic for the hundreds of residents and children. The food, catered by Plum Market, consisted of veggie burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs and chips. Because my daughter and I were late getting there, most of the food was gone, but I did manage to get a delicious bun-less veggie burger.
It was a joy to see so many smiling faces yesterday from the young and the old. With Detroit’s comeback in the making, I am confident that there will be many more events like this for me to report.