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Other Local Parks of Note


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East Side

(734) 971-6337

County Farm Park offers 141 acres of lush fields, bush-covered areas, and forest lowlands, home to rabbits, woodchucks, pheasant, and numerous songbird species. It has a playground, picnic pavilions, and three loop trails; the longest trail is 1.4 miles and features 18 exercise stations placed along its length. washtenaw.org/421/County-Farm-Park Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. (734) 794-6234. This expansive park adjacent to the city's Cobblestone Farm has ball diamonds, a pool, and a covered outdoor ice rink (home in summer to roller derby matches). a2gov.org/buhr


North Side

The city park system abounds in wild pockets. These range in size from the Hannah Nature Area, a quaint 1-acre wooded site at the end of Bath St. just west of Seventh St., to the sprawling Marshall Nature Area, 79 acres of ridges, hollows, and low-lying meadows east of Domino's Farms. Located between the Leslie Park Golf Course and Upland Dr., the Leslie Woods Nature Area is a mature woodland that contains some of the largest oaks and hickories within the park system. Another oak-hickory woods, the Bluffs Nature Area above North Main St. features steeply wooded slopes and trails popular among mountain bikers. Two obscure entrances on Miller west of Newport drop off immediately into the Miller Nature Area, a densely overgrown valley. Many small trails switch direction so quickly that disorientation can set in; plunge ahead and you'll eventually emerge in a quiet neighborhood on Arborview.

The 54-acre Olson Park, at Dhu Varren Rd. and Pontiac Tr., honors former Ann Arbor parks director Ron Olson, who went on to head Michigan's state park system. Transformed from a gravel pit, Olson includes wetlands, woods, Traver Creek, and Traver Pond, providing a habitat for many species of native plants, butterflies, songbirds, and migratory waterfowl. It has a half-mile paved path surrounding Traver Pond, a basketball court, a dog park, soccer fields, a playground, a picnic shelter, and a dense net of mountain bike trails.


Pittsfield Township Parks

This township directly south of Ann Arbor has a 626-acre nature area at its center: the Pittsfield Preserve, north of Michigan Ave. east of Platt, includes more than four miles of nature trails, a great blue heron rookery, buttonbush swamp, and numerous wetlands, mature woods, and meadows. Pittsfield also operates Hickory Woods Park, 5415 Crane, with trails, restrooms, and a playground structure; Lillie Park, 4365 Platt, just south of Ellsworth, with 3 1/2 miles of ADA-accessible nature trails, grills, pavilions, electrical outlet, restrooms, soccer fields, boardwalk, and 2 playground structures; Marsh View Meadows, 300 E. Textile, with trails, grills, pavilion, restrooms, and playground structure; Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth, with 1.5 miles of nature trails, grills, pavilion, restrooms, ball diamonds, playground structures, and tennis courts (no handicap accessible route to restroom); Pittsfield Township Park, 701 W. Ellsworth, with grills, pavilion, restroom, ball diamond, playground structure; and Wooley Park, 1315 Textile Rd. with .84 miles of trails, playground structures, disc golf, and basketball court.


South Side

South Side: Mary Beth Doyle Park has picnic tables, a basketball court, swings, paved and unpaved trails, and an 18-hole disc golf course on 80 sprawling acres. A wetland preserve, formed by an unusual dam-and-channel system that diverts Mallets Creek, affords opportunities for wildlife viewing year round. a2gov.org/departments/Parks-Recreation.

Farther south, Pittsfield Township has nearly a square mile of open space at the Pittsfield Preserve. Located north of Michigan Ave. east of Platt, its 626 acres encompass more than four miles of nature trails, a great blue heron rookery of over forty nests, wetlands, woods, and meadows. pittsfield-mi.gov


West Side

Hunt Park, atop a glacial hill at the north end of Spring St., offers a panorama of downtown as well as basketball and tennis courts, softball diamonds, and a play area. In the winter it's popular among young sledders, as is Wurster Park south of Madison on the Old West Side. Between Miller and Huron streets, the large and vibrant West Park has a baseball field, community garden, playground, and a band shell that hosts the Ann Arbor Civic Band's summer concert series.

Farther west at Maple Rd., Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson, (734) 794-623, hosts an outdoor pool, indoor ice rink, and ball diamonds, a winter sledding hill, and the busy Ann Arbor Skate Park (a2skatepark.org).




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