Garden Homes Park - Dinosaur Mini-Structure

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Garden Homes Park offers an accessible main play structure. The dinosaur mini-structure will delight preschoolers. With swings, a sandbox, open fields, and walking paths, it has something for everyone.

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Garden Homes – Playground Features

Playground Profile Last Updated: August 10, 2021

Structures: 1
Accessible Structure: Yes
Slides: 4, Straight Slide, Curved Slide, Racer Slide
Monkey Bars: No
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: No
Merry Go Round: No
Bouncers: No
See Saw: No
Sandbox: Yes
Swings: 2 traditional swings, 1 baby swings, 0 parent/baby swings, 1 adaptive swings, 0 tire swings
Ground Activities: Yes
Surface: Wooden Mulch
Shade: No –

Swings picture


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Garden Homes – Park Details

Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: 1800 Franklin Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Parking: Street Parking – Parking on Franklin St is closest to playground. I parked on Fulmer St and it is a short walk.
Bathrooms: No
Walking Trails: Paved – Walking trails throughout wooded/swampy areas of the park and connecting to the neighborhood sidewalks
Water Play: None
Pavilion: No
Sports Fields: Open Fields, Disc Golf


Garden Homes Description

The playground at Garden Homes Park will appeal to a broad range of families – those with young children, those looking for an accessible playground, those wanting to explore nature, and those looking for disc golf.

The cute dinosaur structure is the perfect size for small kids. The head area has bars they can crawl up while the tail features a short racer slide. There is also a tunnel entrances.

Garden Homes Park - Dinosaur Mini-Structure

Young kids will also love digging in the sandbox. The sandbox had plenty of toys for the kids to play with. The toys went beyond standard sand toys like shovels, buckets and dump trucks. There was even a Fisher Price Little People plane and airport.

Garden Homes Park - Sandbox with Toys

The main structure has both a “twisty” slide and a straight slide. The platform can be accessed from the sidewalk ramp or by several climbing features.

Garden Homes Park - Playground Structure

Around the outside of the playground mulch bed are several large rocks for climbing.

Garden Homes Park - Large Rocks

Older kids will enjoy disc golf. I only found one “hole”, but you can set your own course to try to score from different positions.

Garden Homes Park - Disc Golf Hole

There are plenty of paved nature trails to explore. Unlike the playground which is in full sun, many of the paths offer some shade. There are swampy areas at the trails near the playground with standing water. While I did not encounter mosquitos on my mid-day visit, I would be prepared for them particularly in the evenings.

Garden Homes Park - Reeds & Swamp in front of structure


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