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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 Pilgrim Park in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s Pilgrim Park
Pilgrim Park is a neighborhood park on Verle Rd on the west side of Platt Rd in Ann Arbor
Pilgrim Park – Playground Features
Playground Profile Last Updated: August 28, 2019
Playground Best for: Kids Under 5, Kids 5-8 Structures: 1 Accessible Structure: No Slides: 3, Straight Slide, Curved Slide Monkey Bars: Yes Zip Line: Yes Climbing Apparatus: No Merry Go Round: No Bouncers: Yes See Saw: No Sandbox: No Swings: 2 traditional swings, 2 baby swings, 0 parent/baby swings, 0 adaptive swings, 0 tire swings Ground Activities: No Surface: Wooden Mulch Shade: Partial Shade – Playground is mostly sunny, shade is available at benches and table Seating: Yes, Benches
Park Owner: Ann Arbor Location: 2966 Verle Ave, Ann Arbor Parking: Street Parking – Bathrooms: No Walking Trails: No – A path connects to the neighborhood sidewalk and makes a small loop in the park. Water Play: None Picnic Benches: Yes, Nearby, Shady Pavilion: No Sports Fields: Open Fields
2966 Verle Ave, Ann Arbor
Pilgrim Park Description
As we walked up the asphalt path, my initial impression was that the structure was one of the small neighborhood playground structures. Then we got closer and I walked around the side. It was larger than my initial impression.
The structure has 3 different slides and a crawl through tube. There is a tic-tac-toe board and steering wheel at ground level. The Pilgrim Park structure has a couple of ways to climb onto the structure. It also has curved monkey bars allowing for the compact profile from the street.
Of course my daughter headed for the zip line.
In addition to the structure and swings, there are two bouncers. They are low to the ground and would be great for toddlers and preschoolers. My daughter loves bouncers and usually tries them even though she’s too big for most of them. But, she didn’t even give these a try.
At the edge of the playground is Funnel Ball. Beyond that is a shady circle enclosed by the path with benches and tables. It’s perfect for a picnic.
On the other side of the structure is an open field great for kids to run around or play ball.
I was intrigued by the water fountain at Pilgrim Park. It was just the fountain – no catch bowl. I didn’t give it a try, but I imagine it would be easy to refill a water bottle.
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Have you been to Ann Arbor’s Pilgrim Park? If so, what is your favorite part?