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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 Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.
Are you looking for Ann Arbor’s Riverside Park? Check out our review of Ann Arbor’s Riverside Park.
Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park
Riverside Park is along the Huron River between Downtown Ypsilanti and Depot Town. It is a frequent host of big events like the Firetruck Muster and YpsiFest both in August and fall Huron River Day.
Riverside Park Profile
Location: 5 E. Cross St, Ypsilanti
Unique Features: Universal Access, Rocking Boat, Merry Go Round with Seats, Kaleidoscope
Swings: Yes, 2 regular, 2 adaptive
Bathrooms: No. PortaPotties are available
Shade: There is some afternoon shade around the play area
Sports Fields: No
Walking Trails: Yes. The path runs along the river and to Cross Street and Michigan Ave via stairs. Note, it is a paved path, but some parts have significant cracks and potholes that would be more difficult to navigate with a stroller.
Parking: Small lot off Cross Street
Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park Profile
Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park added the Liz Dahl MacGregor playground in December 2018. We did not know about the new playground until a few weeks ago. We were walking along Cross Street during the Ypsi Grub Crawl and I could see a new playground structure.
The Liz Dahl MacGregor Playground is a great addition to Riverside Park and is easily accessible from both Downtown and Depot Town. It makes a great stop when you’re out to dinner or at the Farmers Market.
The structure has 4 slides and several climbing features. My daughter enjoyed the “hammock”. She was able to walk across it, but it is probably easier to crawl.
The playground is universal access with ramps onto the structure and activities you don’t need to climb to reach. We liked the spinning kaleidoscope that left patterns on the ground.
The rocking boat can also be reached from the ramp. The same style of boat is at Ford Heritage Park in Ypsilanti Township and my daughter has always loved it.
There are also two musical xylophones that the kids can play. Smaller children may need to be lifted up to reach these.
The first thing my daughter saw at the playground was the merry go round. Unlike traditional merry go rounds, this one has molded seats. It was a little harder for her to start and climb in, but it is definitely a safer option for younger kids when someone else is pushing the merry go round.
Beyond the playground, Riverside Park has wide open space and a walking path along the river. You can also walk through Frog Island Park.
Have you been to Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park? If so, what is your favorite part? You can find more information about Riverside Park on the City of Ypsilanti’s website.
Ann Arbor Playground Profiles
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