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This profile of Ypsilanti’s Edith Hefley Tot Lot is part of our Tuesday Playground Profiles Series. Are you interested in sponsoring the series? Contact us for details.
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 Edith Hefley Tot Lot in the City of Ypsilanti.
Ypsilanti’s Edith Hefley Tot Lot
As the name tot lot implies, Edith Hefley Tot Lot is a small play area designed just for young kids. It is not quite a full-fledged playground, but still offers fun especially for smaller kids and short visits.
Edith Hefley Tot Lot Profile
Location: Elm St & Pearl St, Ypsilanti
Unique Features: Tot Lot, Gravel Pit
Swings: Yes – 2 Regular, 2 babySurface: Mulch
Sports Fields: No
Walking Trails: No. There is a sidewalk.
Parking: Street Parking
Ypsilanti’s Edith Hefley Tot Lot Profile
Ypsilanti’s Edith Hefley Tot Lot offers a few fun activities that are great for young kids.
They have a stand-alone slide instead of a big structure. Unlike the standalone slides from my childhood, this one is plastic – no worries about a burning hot metal slide.
Instead of a sand pit, they have a gravel pit and digger. I prefer the gravel to sand since it creates less mess that the kids track home. We had a gravel pit instead of sand in our home playground too.
Even at 12, my daughter loved the climbing dome. These were a staple of playgrounds when I was young, but are not at many playgrounds today. My daughter challenged herself to climb it no hands.
The baby bucket swings are a step up from the plain black ones. They are molded with a higher back to provide more support.
Have you been to Ypsilanti’s Edith Hefley Tot Lot?