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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 Mary Beth Doyle Park part of the Ann Arbor system.
Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park
Mary Beth Doyle Park – Playground Features
Playground Profile Last Updated: August 14, 2018
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
Playground Best for: Kids 5-8, Kids 8-12, Teens
Accessible Structure: No
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: Yes
Merry Go Round: No
See Saw: Yes
Natural Play: No
Swings: 2 traditional swings, 1 baby swings, 0 parent/baby swings, 1 adaptive swings, 0 tire swings
Ground Activities: No
Surface: Wooden Mulch
Shade: Partial Shade – Large trees semi-close to the playground will provide shade at some times of day
Seating: Yes, Benches
Mary Beth Doyle Park – Park Details
Mary Beth Doyle Park Description
Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park is a large park surrounding Mallets Creek and the surrounding woods and wetlands.
Instead of a traditional structure, there are a series of obstacles. It was perfect for my daughter who loves American Ninja Warrior. At 12, my daughter loved the challenge – although some were a bit harder at 5’2″ than they would be for a younger child.
My daughter loved the climbing rings, although she found it easier to go across the top than through them.
She also enjoyed climbing the webbing.
In addition to the climbing challenges, Mary Beth Doyle Park has other equipment which might be better for younger children. There are two traditional sling swings, one baby bucket, and one adaptive swing. There is a bouncer, a see-saw, and a bouncing platform.
While at Mary Beth Doyle Park, take some time to walk the paths around the creek and wetlands. Or, bring a frisbee for a fun game of disc golf through the park.
Beyond Mary Beth Doyle Park
The paths of Mary Beth Doyle Park make it easy to get to several other parks in surrounding neighborhoods – or Buhr Park across Packard. Walking trails also connect to a pedestrian bridge over I-94 to the neighborhood to the south which has Bryant Community Center and Arbor Oaks Park. You can walk through trails to Verle Ave and Pilgrim Park Rose Park on Hikone Dr abuts Rose Park and there is a paved path that connects them (to Hikone Dr). Mary Beth Doyle Park also has an extension to Packard Rd east of Rose Park. You can also cross Packard to Buhr Park with the playground, pool, sports fields, and Cobblestone Farm.
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