Playgrounds are CLOSED

Playgrounds are CLOSED! Plus more Park Closures

Just a reminder that all playgrounds are CLOSED as part of the COVID-19 stay at home order.

You may walk, run, and cycle along trails in parks.

UPDATE (5/5/2020): Ann Arbor Parks has just updated the status on all of their facilities. Playgrounds will remain closed but things like athletic fields will start opening up.

Playgrounds are Closed

Ann Arbor Parks, Ann Arbor Public Schools, and other municipalities have issued repeated reminders that the playgrounds and facilities are closed. I know when I have visited our local park that I have seen people gathering in the park. It is very important that everyone do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Other Park Facilities Closed

In addition to playgrounds, other park facilities are closed. This includes the Ann Arbor Skate Park, Bathroom Facilities, and Athletic Fields. This includes Golf Courses, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Soccer Fields, and more. Pavilions and shelters are also closed.

Update 5/5/2020 – Golf Courses are Open, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts & other athletic fields will be opening May 8. Bathroom facilities and shelters/pavilions remain closed.

IMPORTANT: The Ann Arbor Skatepark is closed until further notice. We ask that you follow the restrictions put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. To learn more visit

Posted by Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation on Monday, March 30, 2020

All of these facilities encourage gatherings of groups and are not open.

In an effort to help keep our students, families and community safe in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the AAPS is…

Posted by Ann Arbor Public Schools on Friday, March 27, 2020


I know I have received several emails and seen repeated postings on social media from the city parks and encourage everyone to comply.

The City of Ypsilanti, MI Government is implementing restrictions within city parks in an effort to comply with the…

Posted by City of Ypsilanti Parks and Recreation on Friday, March 27, 2020

I would also caution against doing anything that brings your hands in contact with surfaces like climbing rocks or trees.

What Can I Do in a Park?

Park paths are still open for walking, running, and cycling. Please be sure to keep at 6 foot distance between yourself and people not in your immediate household.

Southeast Michigan ParkFinder®: COVID-19

It's National Take a Walk in the Park Day! You can still take a walk in a park under Michigan's Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Find a park or trail near you with Southeast Michigan ParkFinder® and Trail Explorer. Remember to practice social distancing and follow the tips in this video to stay safe while visiting parks and trails during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by SEMCOG, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments on Monday, March 30, 2020

I would guess that you could take a blanket and have a picnic in a grassy area of a park.


Closed Parks

Washtenaw County has closed several of their parks. Independence Lake and Rolling Hills County Park are closed to vehicular traffic. You may still walk or bike into the parks and use the trails.

Washtenaw County Parks "Stay Home. Stay Safe." Outdoor Guidelines

Posted by Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Playground Alternatives

With playgrounds closed, a park visit can be very disappointing for young kids. We’ve pulled together a list of local walks that don’t include a playground

Ann Arbor Walks without Playgrounds

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