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This profile of Ann Arbor’s Pilgrim Park is part of our Tuesday Playground Profiles Series. Are you interested in sponsoring the series? Contact us for details.
Each week Ann Arbor with Kids is profiling a different playground in the Ann Arbor area including Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. Today we are profiling Pilgrim Park in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s Pilgrim Park
Pilgrim Park is a neighborhood park on Verle Rd on the west side of Platt.
Pilgrim Park Profile
Location: 2966 Verle Ave, Ann Arbor
Unique Features: Funnel Ball, Bouncers
Swings: Yes, 2 regular, 2 baby buckets
Shade: The playground is mostly in the sun, but there is a shady circle with benches and tables
Sports Fields: No. Open fields are available
Walking Trails: No. An asphalt path connects the playground and shady circle to Verle Ave and the neighborhood sidewalk.
Parking: Street Parking
Ann Arbor’s Pilgrim Park Profile
As we walked up the asphalt path, my initial impression was that the structure was one of the small neighborhood playground structures. Then we got closer and I walked around the side. It was larger than my initial impression.
The structure has 3 different slides and a crawl through tube. There is a tic-tac-toe board and steering wheel at ground level. The Pilgrim Park structure has a couple of ways to climb onto the structure. It also has curved monkey bars allowing for the compact profile from the street.
Of course my daughter headed for the zip line.
In addition to the structure and swings, there are two bouncers. They are low to the ground and would be great for toddlers and preschoolers. My daughter loves bouncers and usually tries them even though she’s too big for most of them. But, she didn’t even give these a try.
At the edge of the playground is Funnel Ball. Beyond that is a shady circle enclosed by the path with benches and tables. It’s perfect for a picnic.
On the other side of the structure is an open field great for kids to run around or play ball.
I was intrigued by the water fountain at Pilgrim Park. It was just the fountain – no catch bowl. I didn’t give it a try, but I imagine it would be easy to refill a water bottle.
Have you been to Ann Arbor’s Pilgrim Park? If so, what is your favorite part? You can find more information about Pilgrim Park on the City of Ann Arbor’s website.
Ann Arbor Playground Profiles
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