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Because her Palmer Park neighborhood didn’t have a splash park, Carla Rivers would have to drive her 9-year-old daughter Karis to Farmington Hills to enjoy the experience.

Now after years of having their neighborhood pool shut down, residents like Rivers and their children have a brand-new splash park to call their own.

“This is like right in my backyard so we’ll definitely be frequenting this park now,” Rivers said of the revamped Palmer Park Splash Park on the city’s northwest side. “I’m hoping we’ll see more things like this opening up in Detroit. It’s important for the kids to see nice things done in their community instead of having to drive out to the suburbs for everything.”

City officials kicked off the new and improved Palmer Park Splash Park, resplendent with colorful spouts that spray out water from different directions on what was once the grounds of an Olympic-size pool Sunday.

The event began with a glitch. It took two hours for the city to get the equipment to work but firefighters came to the rescue with water hoses until the equipment became operational.

Mayor Dave Bing and others were on hand for the dedication that featured a picnic for hundreds of residents and children. The park was the result of a donation by Lear Corp. and is the second splash park to open in the city.

Karis Rivers called the park “cool.” The only thing she was worried about was the fear that “you will get so many people that you won’t be able to play in the water.”

The park, which is just west of Woodward between Six and Seven Mile roads, has motion censors and will be programmed to turn on the water at 10 a.m. and shut off at 8 p.m. upon closure of the park.


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