SOUTH HAVEN — With youngsters standing eagerly nearby, city and community leaders officially opened South Haven’s new splash pad on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Brien Brockway, 7, of Oshtemo Township plays with one of the water cannons at the new splash pad.

One of the youngsters, Brien Brockway, even got to hold the large pair of scissors to join Mayor Scott Smith in cutting the ribbon and turning on the water spigots and fountains.

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Ben Gowell, of South Haven, cools off in the newly opened splash pad in South Haven on Thursday morning.