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This profile of Ann Arbor’s Veterans Memorial Park Playground is part of our Tuesday Playground Profiles Series. Are you interested in sponsoring the series? Contact us for details.
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 Veterans Memorial Park in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Memorial Park – Playground Features
Playground Profile Last Updated: August 3, 2021
Accessible Structure: No
Slides: 2, Straight Slide, Curved Slide
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: No
Merry Go Round: No
See Saw: No
Swings: 2 traditional swings, 2 baby swings, 0 parent/baby swings, 0 adaptive swings, 0 tire swings
Ground Activities: No
Surface: Rubber Mats
Shade: Full Shade – Lots of tall trees around the playground provide shade most of the day
Veterans Memorial Park – Park Details
Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: 2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Parking: Parking Lot – Paved parking lots on Jackson by the pool/ice arena (walk down hill to playground), Gravel lot on Maple (at traffic light) near softball fields (walk up hill to playground), another lot on Dexter
Bathrooms: Yes, Year Round
Walking Trails: Paved – A paved walking trail leads from the pool/ice arena lot past the tennis courts, playground, baseball/softball fields, skate park, and connects to sidewalks on Jackson and Dexter.
Water Play: None
Sports Fields: Baseball/Softball, Tennis
Veterans Memorial Park Description
Veterans Memorial Park is a destination park with it’s pool, ice rink, skate park, and ball fields, but a neighborhood park sized playground. The playground is small and almost like an after-thought to the rest of the park.
The playground is on the hill between the ice arena and the softball fields. There is a walking path that connects it to both the parking lot by the pool/ice arena on Jackson and the gravel lot by the skatepark/baseball fields on Maple. If you park by the pool you will walk downhill to the playground and uphill back to the car. If you park by the skatepark, you will walk uphill to the playground and downhill back to the car. The path to the pool is steeper than to the skatepark.
The structure at Veterans Park includes two slides – straight and twisty.
It also has a set of curved monkey bars.
The playground at Vets Park does have three great advantages though – rubber surface, shade, and location. The rubber mat base in the structure area keeps it from getting muddy after a rain. The playground is also surrounded by large trees shading it most of the day. With the nearby ballfields, the playground is a perfect diversion for young children who are at the park for a sibling’s game or practice.
When you arrive at Veterans Park on Jackson, the first thing you will notice is the outdoor pool and building behind it with the locker rooms and ice arena.
The ball fields are often busy on summer nights with youth and adult baseball and softball games. The playground is a nice place to distract younger siblings during games.
The skate park is a more recent addition to Vets Park. Older kids, tweens, teens, and adults will enjoy showing off their skills. When it is not too crowded, younger kids can take out scooters, or just be entertained by the skateboarders.
In winter, there is a great sledding hill. And there is no reason you can’t stop by the playground while bundled up.
Events at Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Park frequently has events at the pool, ice arena, and skate park. These include Tot Swim, Open Skate (ice skating) times, and All-Girls Skate at the skate park.
In addition, they are the destination park on the west side of town and have hosted outdoor AADL events and other community events.
Beyond Veterans Memorial Park
Veterans Park is centrally located on the west side of Ann Arbor with several strip malls across the street.
Westgate Shopping Center is diagonally across the Jackson & Maple intersection from Veterans Park. Among the shopping and dining options at Westgate are Zingerman’s Roadhouse, AADL’s Westgate Branch, Nicola’s Books, and Barry’s Bagels.
Maple Village Shopping Center is across Maple Rd from the park. Maple Village includes Plum Market, the Secretary of State’s Office, Crumbl Cookies, and more.
Across Dexter Rd you will find Aldi and Knight’s Steakhouse.
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