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 trails.

Farther west at Maple Rd., Veterans Memorial Park, 2150 Jackson, (734) 794-6235, hosts an outdoor pool, indoor ice rink, and ball diamonds, a winter sledding hill, and the busy Ann Arbor Skate Park