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This profile of Ann Arbor’s Wheeler 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 Wheeler Park in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s Wheeler Park
Wheeler Park – Playground Features
Playground Profile Last Updated: May 2, 2017
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
Accessible Structure: No
Slides: 3, Straight Slide, Curved Slide, Racer Slide
Monkey Bars: Yes
Zip Line: No
Climbing Apparatus: Yes
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: Yes
Surface: Wooden Mulch
Shade: Partial Shade – Trees around the play area
Wheeler Park – Park Details
Park Owner: Ann Arbor
Location: Wheeler Park, 200 Depot Street, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Parking: Street Parking – Free parking is available on 4th, Summit, & 5th. Meters are available on Depot. Make sure to observe parking restrictions.
Bathrooms: Yes, Seasonal
Walking Trails: Paved – There is a wide asphalt path through the park. Many parents find it a great place to teach their kids to ride a bike. Paths run from the sidewalks
Water Play: None
Sports Fields: Basketball
Wheeler Park Description
Wheeler Park has more to offer than just a structure. As an older child, my daughter was intrigued with the Parallel Bars – until she slipped and bruised her elbow.
Meanwhile, younger kids will enjoy imaginary play with the train. Maybe they’ll even be lucky enough to see Amtrak pass by across the street.
I’ve heard many parents recommend the asphalt track as a great flat place for kids to learn to ride a bike.
Kids will also like the sand diggers at the park. On our visit, one was broken, but will hopefully be fixed soon.
Events at Wheeler Park
Beyond Wheeler Park
Wheeler Park sits across the street from the Ann Arbor Train Station. If you time your visit right, you may see trains pass by.
Argo Cascades are across the tracks from the train station. To reach the head of the cascades from Wheeler Park, cross Depot Street and head left to the new pedestrian tunnel alongside the Baracuda Networks building that runs under the train tracks. You’ll come out at the river and can cross the dam to visit the cascades. To reach the base of the Cascades, cross Depot Street and use the pedestrian stairs to the right of the station to get to the Broadway Bridge. Cross the bridge and use the stairs back down to the river level. You can also access the Broadway Park dog park.
You can walk up 4th street to North Main Park (and we do mean up, it is a decent sized hill).
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