This is how it worked in 1913: first you and yours hopped a streetcar out to South Park for a leisurely brunch in the shade; then your family strolled to North Lake Park to enjoy boating or amusement park entertainment; and when dark fell, you caught the streetcar back up town.
It was the walk from one streetcar stop to the other that introduced Mansfielders to Middle Park and, once acquainted, started a love affair that lasted through many generations of kids-become-parents-become-grandparents.
There were touristy things to see and do in Middle Park, but what gave the place its timeless appeal was the continually refreshing sounds of the creek rushing through the valley.
The Middle Park stream bed is a wonder of ancient bedrock shaped by racing waters through the ages into smooth, mossy channels, waterfalls and brilliant organic sculpture. Children were enchanted by it then as they are now, and their grandparents have never lost that wonder since they were small.