Between 1884 – 1917 Waverly Park - also known as “Leadley’s Park” - was located along the banks of the Grand River, on the corner of Old Lansing & Waverly roads. The Google Map picture on the right shows the area where it used to be.

It had not only amusement rides but Tillie the Black bear and an alligator - both of which escaped to the horror of residents. Tille was recaptured without harm but the gator never was found. In fact, a newspaper, The State Republican, reported: "Should there be any mysterious disappearance of small boys in the next few weeks, while bathing in the waters of the Grand, it can be accepted as fact that one alligator has had a square meal."

The park also had a hotel where you could stay and enjoy more fun the next day.

For fun, go out to that area and see if you can locate any last remnants of that old amusement/family park…but the area is now covered with houses. Good luck with THAT.

For LOTS of info and many cool old photos of the park, go to waterwinterwonderland.com by CLICKING HERE.