Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - Structure View

Mary Beth Doyle Park

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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 in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor’s Mary Beth Doyle Park

Mary Beth Doyle Park is a large park in Ann Arbor. It has an extensive nature area with several entrances. The playground is located near the Birch Hollow Drive entrance.

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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

Structures: 0
Accessible Structure: No
Slides: 0,
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: Yes
Merry Go Round: No
Bouncers: Yes
See Saw: Yes
Sandbox: 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

Swings picture


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Mary Beth Doyle Park – Park Details

Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: 3500 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Parking: Parking Lot –
Bathrooms: No
Walking Trails: Paved – Paved and Unpaved walking trails
Water Play: None
Pavilion: No
Sports Fields: Baseball/Softball, Disc Golf


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.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - Ring Climber

She also enjoyed climbing the webbing.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - Climbing the Web

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.

Ann Arbor's Mary Beth Doyle Park Playground Profile - See-Saw

 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.


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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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