Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. joined neighborhood association members and other dignitaries — and a whole bunch of happy kids! — at the July 22 opening of the city’s third splashpad. The Whitmore-Bolles splashpad is the largest yet, and Mayor O’Reilly was instrumental in adding this amenity in a park where the 60-year-old obsolete neighborhood pool had to be demolished. The Mayor sees this as a new way of offering recreation that is more affordable for taxpayers, yet still robust and relevant, especially for families with young children. It is yet another feature the Mayor has championed to attract homebuyers to Dearborn. Funding from the Wayne County parks millage paid a significant portion, along with city resources. Dearborn’s two other splashpads are at Hemlock and Crowley parks. All are free and feature action-automated nozzles and water dispensers. They are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting.