Burns Park

Burns Park looking North with University of Michigan central campus on horizon (Photography by John Sullivan, Aerial Associates Photography, www.skypics.com)

Burns Park is a 15-acre neighborhood park on Wells and Baldwin adjacent to Burns Park Elementary School. It hosts an enclosed shelter with restrooms and a drinking fountain, five tennis courts with a practice backboard, a basketball court, a sledding hill (aka “Magic Mountain”), a pétanque court (a form of boules), a small parking lot and play equipment. The park is the old site of the county fairgrounds. Remnants of the oval track can still be seen by the same shape tree planting around the interior of the park.


George Washington Park (The Rock)

“The Rock” at George Washington Park

It seems every college campus has a landmark that inspires students to express themselves. At the University of Michigan, it’s “the rock,” a large boulder that sits in a small traffic triangle at Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street, the northeast corner of North Burns Park. This three-dimensional canvas for student graffiti and school spirit started out with a much more stately purpose—as a memorial to George Washington. There is even a plaque commemorating its installation in Washington Park (the official name of the traffic triangle) underneath all those layers of paint. The rock came from a landfill on Dhu Varren Road, and was moved to its current spot by parks superintendent Eli Gallup in 1932, the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth. There is even a time capsule buried underneath in a lead box.

Read more about the rock in this article by Grace Shackman, which appeared in the Ann Arbor Observer in September 1991.


Douglas Park

Douglas Park

Douglas Park is 2.5 acre triangle located at Washtenaw, Baldwin and Cambridge. This park has an open lawn area perfect for Frisbee, touch football, small gatherings and studying for students. It is shaded by a perimeter of trees and has a small seating area, established as a memorial.


Ann Arbor Senior Center

1320 Baldwin Avenue

Ann Arbor Senior Center

The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers a wide range of programs, services and social activities from bridge to zumba. The center is located at the south east corner of Burns Park, with its own parking lot.  (734) 794-6250


Park Events & Space Rental

To rent space or host an event in an Ann Arbor park, visit the Parks & Recreation rental page or call 734.794.6230.