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This profile of the Rotary Club’s Centennial Playground at Gallup Park is part of our Tuesday Playground Profiles Series
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 the new Rotary Club of Ann Arbor’s Centennial Playground at Gallup Park, one of Ann Arbor’s premiere destination parks.
Centennial Playground at Gallup Park
With it’s prime location on the banks of the Huron River and Geddes Pond, Gallup Park is one of Ann Arbor’s premier parks. With multiple playgrounds, walking trails, boating, and fishing you could easily spend several hours at Gallup Park. The new Rotary Club Centennial Playground at Gallup Park is a universal access playground right on the banks of the Huron River.
The playground is now officially open. However, there is a Grand Opening celebration planned for Sunday, September 17 from 3-6p.
Centennial Playground at Gallup Park Profile
Location: 3000 Fuller Road, Centennial Playground is located in the southeast section of the park. When arriving by car, cross the one lane bridge and proceed to the furthest parking lot
Unique Features: Universal Access, Rubber Mat Surface, Water Feature, River Access, Large See-Saw, Rocking Boats, Much More
Swings: No traditional swings – There are swinging elements
Surface: Rubber Surface
Bathrooms: Yes, there is a nearby bathroom
Shade: Gallup Park has a number of trees offering shade particularly on the paths and near the tables. The playground features overhead shade elements. With it’s location near the river, my experience has been that Gallup Park can be cooler than other parks.
Pavilion: Yes. There is a nearby pavilion and many picnic tables
Sports Fields: None
Walking Trails: There are several paved and unpaved paths that you can use to walk the park and connect to the Border2Border Trail.
Parking: The largest lot at Gallup is near the Centennial Playground. Follow the road past the canoe livery lot, across the one-lane bridge, along the river, to the large lot at the end of the road near the youth fishing pond. The Playground is right there.
Gallup Park Centennial Playground Review
Not only does Centennial Playground offer universal access with many features available to those with limited mobility, it appeared to appeal to a wide variety of ages.
As I was starting my Facebook Live Video, a large group of older kids arrived. My first thought was that they came from Huron High School, but in retrospect, I think they were probably middle schoolers from a field trip.
My middle schooler is getting bored on many playgrounds that we visit. However, these kids seemed to have a great time at Centennial Playground. At the same time, there was plenty to do for the toddlers who were there as I arrived.
If you have a runner, be warned that the playground is right along the river. While there is a fence blocking direct access, it is not completely enclosed and river access might be too easy for your comfort level. If your child is less of an escape artist, the river edge can be fun to explore.
More Gallup Park Fun
Check out our previous profile of the other playground areas at Gallup Park.