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New Detroit splash park opens, minus the water

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

The city of Detroit was hoping to make a big splash with the grand opening of a new splash park. But, to do that - you need water. Thankfully, Detroit firefighters were there to provide it after a water main break.

Click on the video player to watch video reports from FOX 2's Ron Savage and Amy Andrews.

They served up free ice cold bottled water and delicious grilled hot dogs. The T-shirts looked good reading "Palmer Park Splash Park" and the ribbon cutting went well. Just one little glitch at the new park, there was no water! A water main break dried up the splash park for its grand opening!

"We had a mishap with a water main that broke," explained Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. "We have a water system that's 100 years old so those things happen."

But Mayor Bing did two things: he called the fire department and he called the water department. Detroit fire came to the rescue, pulling up an engine and opening a hose to cool the kids off.

"It's didn't quite go as planned," said Alex Williams who brought his daughter. "The fire department stepped up and it's made it fun for everyone."

The water department is working on the problem and we're told it should be fixed on Monday. The new state of the art splash park became a reality with a generous donation from the Lear Corporation. A city filing for bankruptcy gets a lift from Lear, a concerned corporate citizen.

The Palmer Park Splash Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's between McNichols and 7 Mile, just west of Woodward Ave.

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