DETROIT - Detroit children and teens have a new place to cool off during the summer heat in Palmer Park.
The Detroit Recreation Department celebrated the grand opening of the Palmer Park Splash Park on Sunday.
The new park and picnic facility were donated by the Lear Corporation with support from the city.
Construction on the project started in mid-July and moved quickly so children could enjoy the park before summer's end.
Palmer Park was chosen by the Detroit Recreation Department as the location for the city's second splash park.
The location was chosen in part because People for Palmer Park (PFPP), a non-profit entity, adopted the park and organized community events to clean it up.
The park is motion-censored and is programmed to turn on at 10 a.m., and automatically shut off at 8 p.m.
"The splash park will provide a safe, fun and creative play atmosphere for families, and will encourage more people to enjoy this wonderful park," said Rochelle Lento, PFPP President. "The People for Palmer Park is extremely grateful to Lear Corporation and the City of Detroit for selecting Palmer Park."
Lear also built a new picnic shelter and planted grass, flowers and other landscaping enhancements to the park area.
In the future, Lear plans to renovate the former pool house into a community center.
The park replaces the non-functional pool in Palmer Park, which has been closed for many years after vandals removed the mechanical infrastructure for the pool.
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