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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 Fuller Park in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s Fuller Park
Fuller Park – Playground Features
Playground Profile Last Updated: May 17, 2017
This playground profile was collected prior to our new format which did not gather all of this data. We have included our best guess in the conversion and will add them to our list to be updated. Information most likely to be incorrect is number of slides and structures
Accessible Structure: No
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: No
Merry Go Round: No
See Saw: No
Swings: 0 traditional swings, 0 baby swings, 0 parent/baby swings, 0 adaptive swings, 1 tire swings
Ground Activities: Yes
Surface: Rubber Mats
Shade: Full Shade – Fuller Park Playground is very shady. There are portions that are in shade almost all day and other sections that receive partial shade. The wooden roof structure also helps with shade.
Fuller Park – Park Details
Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: Fuller Park, 1519 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Parking: Parking Lot – Parking Lot – be sure to watch the signs. The lot is also shared with UM and park parking is only available in a portion of the lot.
Bathrooms: Yes, Year Round
Walking Trails: Dirt/Grass – There is a paved path from the parking lot, but there is only a narrow dirt path to the athletic fields and to Island Park. The dirt path is not wide enough for a stroller or wagon. There is a boardwalk through the woods behind the structure that loops back to the other side of the structure. However, it needs some maintenance. The entrances were nearly overgrown. Plus, some sections were wobbly and there were gaps that were filled with logs. My daughter was fine crossing it, but I was wearing flip-flops so I didn’t cross the logs.
Water Play: None
Sports Fields: Soccer
Fuller Park Description
My daughter has been asking to review Fuller Park. When we visited, I learned it was because she wants to review the pool. Unfortunately, it is not yet open, so we reviewed the pool on another day (a few years later).
The Fuller Park Playground is a wooden structure with obstacles and towers rather than slides.
There are two small slides for small kids. The playground also features balance bars and other obstacles to challenge the kids.
At 11, my daughter joked that the monkey bars were more like limbo bars for her.
So, naturally, she decided to go across the top of the bars. (My apologies if you have little kids, I used to hate the big kids who did that when she was little).
Fuller Park has a number of soccer fields. They are often used for leagues and tournaments. The fields are by reservation only and are not for open use. The Fuller Park playground is a great distraction while you are at games.
Events at Fuller Park
Most of the events held at Fuller Park are at the pool, but there are some occasional events at the park itself.
Beyond Fuller Park
Fuller Park is across the street from UM Hospital. When my father was hospitalized 12 years ago, another family member would sometimes take my daughter across the street to the park while I visited. We have also had picnics at Fuller Park with my husband who works on the medical campus.
Fuller Park is adjacent to Island Park which also has a playground. Island Park is also a great park for splashing.
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