Bader Park


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Bader Park is a little over 1.5 acres in size and located off Provincial Drive east of Arlington, nestled in the neighborhood between Geddes and Washtenaw Avenue southeast of downtown. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. The access to this park is 10 foot wide and easy to miss if you don’t watch for it. An accessible asphalt path connects Provincial Drive to the park which contains a basketball court, bike racks and picnic tables. The park also features a small softball diamond for pickup games and a small sledding hill in the winter.​

Park Notices

Unless otherwise posted per City Council resolution, when a park is closed, no person shall remain in or enter it other than to quietly sit or walk.​

Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules.

Park Hours

6 a.m. – Midnight





Half Basketball Court




Picnic Tabl​es​​ 

Bike Racks



Access and Parking

There is one entrance to the park off of Provincial Drive, and there​ is street parking along the road.

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the neighborhood streets surrounding the park.​ Nearby Washtenaw Avenue has sidewalks but no bike lanes. There are some bike racks in the park.​


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Public Transportation

The nearest bus stop is on Washtenaw Avenue at Arlington Boulevard, just under a mile from the park. ​​Visit TheRide for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​​​​

Park History


Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands​ of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknowledgement from the city and learn more a​bout the early history of the land here.​​

Bader Park and the adjacent building were originally Bader Elementary School, which closed in 1985 after two decades of operation. The school was named after Edith M. Bader, who died in 1960.  She had been an assistant superintendent from 1921-1942, principal of Perry School for three years and she was president of the Michigan State Education Association.

In 1987, the property, including the building and the park space, was bought by the Fellowship Bible Church. The park space was leased to the City of Ann Arbor, but in 1995, after several years of dispute between the church, surrounding neighbors, and the city regarding the park's accessibility, the city condemned the park space to acquire it for the purpose of keeping it as public parkland.​​


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