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 Winchell 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 Ann Arbor’s Winchell Park
Ann Arbor’s Winchell Park is behind St Francis Church on Stadium Blvd. It’s proximity to Stadium makes it easy to visit. It offers two play areas, a traditional structure and more of a challenge/activity area that is better for older kids. As a tween, my daughter loved the challenge area.
Location: 2298 Winchell Dr, Ann Arbor 48104
Unique Features: Sand, toys, musical elements
Swings: Yes – 2 baby, 2 regular
Surface: Combination – Mulch and Rubber Mat
Bathrooms: Portapotty near the softball field
Shade: Limited shade surrounding the play structure
Pavilion: No. Picnic tables are available
Sports Fields: Yes – Softball
Walking Trails: No. There is a sidewalk running near the street on Winchell and St Francis.
Parking: There is street parking available near Winchell Park.
Website: Find more information about the park on the Ann Arbor Parks Website
Winchell Park Playground Review
Winchell Park is a neighborhood park with a sand pit, structure, swings, and a softball field. Ride alongs and sand toys have also been left at the park for visitors to use.
A sidewalk surrounds the playground. Rubber mats connect the entrance and bottom of the slide to the sidewalk. While the rest of the playground has mulch, it does qualify as one of our Mess Free Playgrounds.
Even at 11, my daughter enjoyed the playground. She liked the loops leading from the low platform to the higher platform which has the spiral slide. As a younger child, she would crawl across these and needed help. Now, she was able to balance herself and walk across them.
Her one disappointment was that the rockfall was barricaded at the top. After a closer look, we realized that the wall was missing a hand/foothold. I am guessing this is why they blocked the top of the wall. Hopefully they will repair the rockfall soon and reopen the entrance.