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Park Address: 500 Argo Dr

Access        Amenities          History 

Hours and Rules
Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules. Smoking is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.  

Overview 

Beckley Park is a 3-acre neighborhood park on the north side of Ann Arbor located on Argo Drive near Pontiac Trail. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map​ for location context.​ The park contains a play structure, swings, a tot play area, picnic tables, a horseshoe pit, a petanque​ court, and a long sloping hill used for unsupervised sledding. A steep asphalt path leads from Argo to the play area and through to Wright Street and Fairview Cemetery. 


Access Points and Parking 

There is street parking along Argo Drive on the north edge of the park.  

The park is accessible on foot and bicycle. There is a bike rack in the park. The park is also accessible from the south via a paved path that connects to Wright Street and Fairview Cemetery. This path goes all the way through the park from the southern Wright Street entrance to the north end of the park on Argo Drive. 

Public Transportation: There are bus stops nearby on Pontiac Trail. The nearest stop​ is only a 3 to 4 minute walk. Visit The Ride for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide. 



Amenities 
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Volunteer 

There are many opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. GIVE 365 and the seasonal Adopt-a-Park Program offer volunteer opportunities ranging from a 90 minute commitment to a more long term ongoing role. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the websites above to see what’s upcoming or how to get involved. 


Report a Problem - A2 Fix It 

To report any maintenance issues or other problem during your park visit, please report through A2Fix It​. Keep in mind that parks are large spaces and A2 Fix It requests can be difficult to find without detailed information. When reporting an issue in a park please include location details. There is a details and description section near the end of the request process to help you provide this. In addition, users can utilize the pin (website) or X (mobile app) feature to provide specific location information inside the park. Finally, please consider including a wide angle photo or include background landmarks, which helps staff find and fix the problem. ​​​​​​


Gifts and Donations

Information on donating to the parks and the Guide to Giving can be found here.  Alternatively if you have a special project or park improvement idea that you want to donate your time and energy toward, a great place to start is through Adopt-a-Park and the proposing a special park project​ guide. For information on donating a tree through Adopt-a-Park, the tree donation guide​​​​​​​ can help you get started.  ​


History 

Beckley Park is named after abolitionist minister Guy Beckley. Beckley was the publisher of the Signal of Liberty, an abolitionist newspaper based in Ann Arbor, in the 1840s. Bordering the park is the Guy Beckley House, which was a stop along the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves seeking freedom. 


Updated May 2021. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information. ​