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 Wheeler 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 including Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. Today we are profiling the playground at Wheeler Park.
Wheeler Park is a 2 acre park bordered by 4th, 5th and Depot across from the railroad station.
Location: 810 N. Fourth Street
Unique Features: Train, Parallel bars, Asphalt track, Sand Diggers
Swings: Yes, 2 regular, 2 buckets
Bathrooms: There are seasonal bathrooms at Wheeler Park.
Shade: There are trees around the playground
Pavilion: A pavilion is available.
Sports Fields: 2 Basketball, Asphalt Track.
Walking Trails: Yes, paved paths from the road and connecting parts of the park.
Parking: Street Parking.
Wheeler Park Playground Review
Wheeler Park has more to offer than just a structure. As an older child, my daughter was intrigued with the Parallel Bars – until she slipped and bruised her elbow.
Meanwhile, younger kids will enjoy imaginary play with the train. Maybe they’ll even be lucky enough to see Amtrak pass by across the street.
I’ve heard many parents recommend the asphalt track as a great flat place for kids to learn to ride a bike.
Kids will also like the sand diggers at the park. On our visit, one was broken, but will hopefully be fixed soon.