Ann Arbor Riverside Park – Tuesday Playground Profile

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 - Structure

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.


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Riverside Park Profile

Location: 1000 Canal St
Unique Features: Circular Bouncing tube, Drums, “Sailboat”
Swings: Yes. 2 Regular, 2 Infant
Surface: Mulch
Bathrooms: No.
Shade: Partial. We had lunch on rocks in the playground rather than the tables since the rocks were in the shade
Pavilion: No
Sports Fields: Baseball/Softball, open areas
Walking Trails: Asphalt path along the northeast bank of the river.
Ann Arbor Riverside Park - Path along RiverParking: No. Nearby University Lots are available on weekends and in the evening.


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Riverside Park has a small structure for climbing, a standalone slide, and swings.

Ann Arbor Riverside Park - Climbing Wall

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.

Ann Arbor Riverside Park - Bouncing Pipe

Is your child a budding percussionist? Then Riverside Park is the place for them. There is a whole section of bongos, drums, and shakers.

Ann Arbor Riverside Park - Percussion Section

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.

Ann Arbor Riverside Park - Sailboat

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.

Argo Cascades - Wednesday Activity Review - In the Parking Lot

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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