This profile of the Ann Arbor’s Riverside Park Playground 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 Ann Arbor’s Riverside Playground.
Ann Arbor Riverside Park
Riverside Park runs along both sides of the Huron River between Broadway and Maiden Lane. The playground is on the northeast bank next to the Kellogg Eye Center.
Riverside Park Profile
Location: 1000 Canal St
Unique Features: Circular Bouncing tube, Drums, “Sailboat”
Swings: Yes. 2 Regular, 2 Infant
Shade: Partial. We had lunch on rocks in the playground rather than the tables since the rocks were in the shade
Sports Fields: Baseball/Softball, open areas
Walking Trails: Asphalt path along the northeast bank of the river.
Parking: No. Nearby University Lots are available on weekends and in the evening.
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Riverside Park Playground Profile
Riverside Park has a small structure for climbing, a standalone slide, and swings.
My daughter and her friend loved the bouncing tube. I don’t quite know how to describe it, so I’ll let the picture do the talking.
Is your child a budding percussionist? Then Riverside Park is the place for them. There is a whole section of bongos, drums, and shakers.
Another unique feature is the sailboat in a sand area. Currently, there is not a lot of loose sand, so the boat will work better as a feature for imaginative play.
We have visited Riverside Park several times in combination with a trip to the Argo Cascades. When we park in the Kellogg lot, it is a perfect spot for a picnic. We usually visit the Cascades in the evening or the weekend so we can park in the Kellogg lot. On our last visit, it was Friday after the last day of school, but we had dropped my husband off at work that morning and had his Blue Parking Pass.