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This profile of Ann Arbor’s Burr Oak Park Playground 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 Burr Oak Park in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s Burr Oak Park
Burr Oak Park – Playground Features
Playground Profile Last Updated: July 21, 2021
Accessible Structure: Yes
Slides: 3, Straight Slide, Curved Slide, Racer Slide
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: No
Merry Go Round: No
See Saw: No
Swings: 2 traditional swings, 2 baby swings, 0 adaptive swings, 1 tire swings
Ground Activities: Yes
Surface: Wooden Mulch
Shade: Partial Shade – The sandbox and part of the playground were in shade the morning I visited. The structure was in full sun.
Burr Oak Park – Park Details
Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: 601 Burr Oak Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Parking: Street Parking –
Walking Trails: No – Burr Oak Park has a paved path that connects to neighborhood sidewalks both on Burr Oak Rd and Atterberry Dr.
Water Play: None
Sports Fields: Open Fields, Volleyball
Burr Oak Park Description
The playground structure at Burr Oak Park offers an accessible ramp entry. While the entry to the structure is accessible, it has a small landing with only one activity. The lower landing can also be accessed by a small rockwall or a rope climb. This level has a double racer slide. There are a couple of stairs to a twisty slide.
The sandbox at Burr Oak Park is a great feature. It has a sit-down crane for the kids to move sand around. There were also two construction trucks there the day we visited. The sandbox also had great shade in the morning.
Also on the ground is a motorcycle and sidecar bouncer, a couple spinning seats, and several mushrooms for climbing.
The playground also features circular and bars for swinging and traversing like monkey bars. These are standalone and not connected to the structure. Kids will need to be tall enough to reach the bars, able to climb the support bars, or may need an adult assist.
I was surprised that there is not an adaptive swing at Burr Oak since the structure is accessible. There is a tire swing, traditional sling swings, and 2 baby bucket swings.
In addition to open fields, Burr Oak Park has a volleyball net in the grass. You will need to bring your own volleyball to play.
Beyond Burr Oak Park
Across Burr Oak Dr from Burr Oak Park near the intersection with Atterberry is a pathway that connects to Lakewood Elementary School. When school is not in session, follow the trail to Lakewood for more playgrounds to visit.
When my daughter was younger, she had Rec & Ed soccer games at Lakewood. After our last game of the season, we had a team party at the Lakewood playground – which was a bit awkward with other teams coming and going. Taking a short walk to Burr Oak Playground would have been a great option.
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