Playgrounds have reopened after closures during the stay at home order. Please remember to keep social distance while at the playground. Playgrounds are not sanitized, so please use your own judgement as to whether they are a good option for your family. Amenities like bathrooms and water fountains may not be available due to current restrictions.
This profile of Mill Pond Park is part of our Summer Series: Tuesday Playground Profiles
Each week Ann Arbor with Kids is profiling a different playground in the Ann Arbor area. Playgrounds will be selected from Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. This week our inspiration comes from the Saline Celtic Festival which is on Saturday. The Saline Celtic Festival is held at Mill Pond Park, the focus of today’s playground profile.
Mill Pond Park
Mill Pond Park is located west of Saline at 565 W. Bennett Rd. Other than the Saline Celtic Festival, this was the first time we have visited Mill Pond Park. My daughter and I both left wondering why we had never visited before and with a plan to return in the future.
Address: 565 W. Bennet St, Saline, 48176
Unique Features: Gaga Pit, stream, pond
Swings: Yes, 4 regular, 1 tire, 3 buckets,
Bathrooms: Yes, two individual stalls.
Shade: The playground is in full sun. The covered pavilion offers shade adjacent to the play structure. There are also a few trees. near the playground
Pavilion: Yes. There is a pavilion with two separate seating areas at Mill Pond Park
Sports Fields: Soccer and open grassy areas
Walking Trails: Mill Pond Park has plenty of acreage to explore. However, it is mostly large grassy area and grass trails as opposed to poured or gravel paths. Therefore, they may not be very easy for families with strollers or wagons to explore.
Parking: Mill Pond Park has it’s own 68 spot parking lot, offering plenty of space on most days.
Parental Warning: The Saline River runs alongside the park. While the playground is some distance away, it is worth extra vigilance over your children.
Mill Pond Park Playground Review
My daughter and I both walked away from Mill Pond Park wondering why we had never visited before. We are definitely putting it on our list to visit again, maybe with friends so to take advantage of the gaga pit. The park offers something for kids of all ages. My 10 year old found plenty to climb or challenge herself with.
At the same time, there is an area designed for younger children. This area has a smaller slide, bucket swings, and smaller climbing areas. It is separated from the rest of the playground by a fence, although the entrance from the rest of the playground is open.
Beyond the Mill Pond Park Playground
Mill Pond Park has far more to offer than just the playground. With wide open spaces, it has plenty of room to run around – perfect for a game of tag or playing ball. The park has several benches along the river where you can sit. There is also an island to explore that is separated from the rest of the park by a small creek. The creek is great for wading on a warm day. When we have been there for the Celtic Festival and again today, there have been people wading in the creek.