If you read the newspaper archives, there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding this old water park. I have all of the clips but decided to stick with my usual practice of "keeping it light" on this website. I did post 1 article on the somewhat risque haunted house attraction in 1997 but there is much more intrigue going back into the 1980's
Source: Karen P Hunt
The splash, splash, splash of a water slide will be heard no more in Shelby Township. Yet another amusement park is closing for good this year in Macomb County. Four Bears Water Park, in Shelby Township, will soon be dismantled, according to the Detroit News. Businesses will line Auburn Road and possibly condominiums will take up the rest of the space.
This is the second amusement park which has closed this year. Riverland Amusement Park, located in Sterling Heights, also won’t be opening again. The water park, which opened in 1983, featured a huge water slide that was a landmark on Auburn Road, between Ryan and Dequindre. It also offered Go-Karts, swimming, paddle boats, a wave ride, and miniature golf, among other attractions.
There was also a large picnic area and big arcade that drew people to the popular park. Many businesses also threw company events there. The remaining park in the area is Red Oaks, which is a park run by Oakland County. Both Riverland and Four Bears were privately owned.