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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 Maryfield Wildwood Park, a playground on the West side of Ann Arbor located at the intersection of Westwood Ave and Maryfield Dr. Check out all of our Tuesday Playground Profiles.
Maryfield Wildwood Park
Maryfield Wildwood Park is tucked away off of Dexter Road, up Westwood Avenue between Maryfield Rd and Linwood Ave.
Location: 1705 Linwood Avenue: Between Westwood, Maryfield, and Linwood
Unique Features: Lots of shade, Merry-go-round, it’s own tricycles and sandbox toys (well loved), huge field
Swings: Yes, 2 regular, 2 buckets
Surface: Woodchips for playground, cement for two basketball courts, grass for field games
Water: There is a water fountain with that even has a dog fountain feature
Bathrooms: No, there are no bathrooms (since this is close to us and we go there a lot I bring along a potty training potty and keep it in the car for emergencies)
Shade: The playground is very shady all day long. Tthere are 3 picnic tables very spread out around the park, all under shady trees. There is only one right by the play structure. There are also 2 benches right by the playground in the shade.
Pavilion: No pavilions
Sports Fields: 1 Softball/Baseball grass field, a ½ basketball court, and a basketball circle with hoops of varying heights
Walking Trails: There is a tiny trail at the end of the park that goes down into a ravine. It is very short and doesn’t go anywhere. There are not other trails per se but you could get a good walk in just on the perimeter of the park on the grass.
Parking: There is only street parking. Read the signs carefully and be respectful of the neighbors.
Maryfield Wildwood Park Playground Review
I stumbled upon Maryfield Wildwood Park as a spec of green close to our home on Google maps. I fell in love as soon as we got there. It is beautiful and looks like a neighborhood backyard because of the toys and trikes that are there! Most of these are tricycles in pretty rough shape but my kids love them. And having the cement courts there make it perfect for bike riding practice and perfection. There are usually a few basketballs lying around. The park fairies must keep them inflated because they are always bouncy.
The play structure and swings are in the shade all day long with a couple lovely shady benches for mommies with newborns to relax on. There is also a picnic table right by the structure. The older kids tend to love the merry-go-round. It is well oiled and spins very very fast. The play structure itself has a few levels to it and is mostly safe for little kids with supervision. I feel comfortable with my 2 year old being on it alone with me sitting on a bench nearby. It has a twirly slide and a side-by-side straight slide for racing.
The only thing missing is a bathroom. Prepare ahead of time accordingly. The closest public bathrooms are probably over at the Westgate library which is a little far for ‘emergencies’.
Learn more about Maryfield Wildwood Park on the Ann Arbor Parks page. Have you visited Maryfield Wildwood Park’s playground? Do you have any additional comments?
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