Legacy of amusement park lives on at Lake Lansing Park South

In 1970, 6-year-old Kirk Frayer, now an employee at Haslett True Value Hardware, moved to a house near Lake Lansing in Haslett. He would come to spend summer days at Lake Lansing Amusement Park, which once sat on the site of what is now Lake Lansing Park South. “I was able to spend almost every day there from a woman who was watching me, and ride on the airplane thing, the Ferris wheel, all that,” Frayer said. “My grandma and grandpa used to go there when they were young, and yeah, that was a really nice place.”

According to Meridian Township historical records held at the Haslett Library, the park featured the Dodgem, a small wooden covered stage and seating area where bands would perform, a hand-crafted wooden carousel, and a wooden roller coaster that operated for 60 years. Lifelong Haslett resident Lisa Harkness said she also remembers riding a tilt-a-whirl, cups, and a Ferris wheel at the park.

Public crowds planning commission meeting to protest Walnut Hills development

The town hall room at Meridian Municipal Building was filled nearly to capacity for Feb. 27’s Meridian Township planning commission meeting. During the meeting’s allotted time for public remarks, nineteen citizens spoke out against Rezoning #16060, the petition that would rezone the land currently occupied by East Lansing’s Walnut Hills Golf Club, 2874 E. Lake Lansing Rd., to allow the new owners to put more residences in a possible housing development there. The rezoning petition would move the land from a Rural Residential zoning district to a Single Family, Low Density zoning district. According to Steve Schafer, who represented the owners of the Walnut Hills property, Summer Park Realty, LLC, at the meeting, the rezoning would allow the course area to fit nearly 400 residential units.

Meridian, Delhi Townships celebrate 175th anniversary with Enactment Day

In her 17 years working for Meridian Township, treasurer Julie Brixie said the township has “never done” anything like the 175th anniversary celebration it has planned for 2017. Enactment Day will be Meridian’s first anniversary event of 2017. It will be a commemoration of Feb. 16, 1842, the day Meridian Township and Delhi Township were officially incorporated. “Feb.