This summer something great happened in Detroit, the SPLASH PAD at Palmer Park opened. It is a great story that started when vandals (scrapers) stole the plumbing from the pool closing it for good. But as interesting stories go this was only the first chapter.
Chapter One: Vandals steal the plumbing closing the pool
Chapter Two: Palmer Park is neglected and ignored
Chapter Three: The People for Palmer Park, 501c3 is formed to take care of the park
Chapter Four: Everyday heroes (citizen volunteers) clean, rake, mow, repair fences, start baseball teams, run events, classes, BBQ’s to rally the community around Palmer Park. Many think the volunteers are fighting a losing battle and that saving the park is too big a problem to solve, but others see the promise and the park starts to turn around.
Chapter Five: The LEAR corporation decides to support Detroit families by supporting Detroit parks with a large financial donation.
Chapter Six: Palmer Park is chosen and the opportunity to solve the pool problem becomes the Splash Pad. The Splash Pad, turns on remotely, it can be used by young and old alike and it does not require the upkeep and staff that a pool requires. A great solution that gives families a place to gather and kids a safe place to play.
This is only one of hundreds of stories happening in Detroit. Too many are started by criminals. But many have positive endings due to the efforts of everyday people who care enough (are crazy enough) to cut that first path of grass or pick up that first bag of trash. It is reported that over 30% of the current residents of Detroit are children each one deserves a safe places to play.
Bravo to the LEAR corporation for taking action and being a part of a creative solution. Props to the People of Palmer Park for meeting the need and loving and supporting the community by showing the park some tender loving care. Without you the SPLASH PAD would have never happened. Small acts lead to bigger and better things.