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Park Address: 1905 S Maple Rd​​, Ann Arbor MI 48103

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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​​

Dicken Park is a half-acre neighborhood park located on Maple Road at Tudor Drive, on the far southwest side of the city near Scio Church Road. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Natural Areas Map​ for location context. This park is undeveloped and maintained as a mowed grass field.

Access and Parking

There is street parking along Tudor Drive, immediately adjacent to the park.

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the surrounding neighborhood streets. South Maple Road and Tudor Drive have sidewalks but no bike lanes. There are no bike racks at the park.

Dicken Park is a short walk from Mushroom Park, Eisenhower Park,​ and Churchill Downs Park.

Public Transportation: There is a bus ​st​op​​​ immediately adjacent to the park. ​​Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​


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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​

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 about the early history of the land here​.​​

The park, and Dicken Elementary School, are named after Carrie L. Dicken, a teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools for 40 years and a leader in …” the Americanization of aliens here, who combined two distinct fields of service in an outstanding contribution to education and to this community…” (obituary, March 21, 1938). She began her career in Ann Arbor in 1894 and started at Bach School. She worked with a building committee to get Perry School on Packard constructed in 1902. She was the principal of this school until she retired in 1934. In 1913, she established a night school there to help in the Americanization (i.e., learning English) for new immigrants. Her program was widely copied. She received an award from the American Legion for this work. She was born in Macomb County and went to school in Mt. Clemens. Later she studied at Columbia University and the University of Michigan before beginning her teaching in Ann Arbor. She lived at 1109 Wells in the Burns Park neighborhood.​​


​Updated October 2022. Email [email protected]​a2gov.org for incorrect/outdated information.​