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Park Address: 1700 Washtenaw Ave,​ Ann Arbor MI 48104​​​​

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Hours ​an​​d 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​

Douglas Park is a 2.5 acre park nestled between Washtenaw Avenue, Baldwin Avenue and Cambridge Road just south of downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan's campus. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context. 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.​ George Washington Park, known as "The Rock," is a block away from the park and Crary Park​ is just across the street.​

Access and Parking

Baldwin Avenue and Cambridge Road, which form two borders of the park, have 2-hour street parking available. Refer to posted signage regarding parking rules and restrictions.​

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the surrounding streets. Washtenaw has sidewalks but no bike lanes. There are no bike racks at the park.

Public Transportation: There is a bu​s​ ​​st​op​​​​​ immediately acjacent to​ the park on Washtenaw, and several others nearby. ​​Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​​


​Using a phone? - Click for a GPS Tracker and Wayfinding Map

Ameniti​​es

  • Benches
  • Landfill receptacle
  • Open grass field


Volu​​nteer​​

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.​

Hist​o​​ry

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

Douglas Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. It​ was established as a memorial to Henry W. Douglas, a member of the first Board of Parks Commission established in 1905. Several triangular parks had been established, and this was already in place by 1918, but it appears this park was designated in 1928, which is the year the city accepted the privately purchased plot to honor Douglas.

Henry (called Harry) was born in 1867, the son of Silas Douglas (sometimes Douglass) and Helen Welles Douglas. Both the Douglas and Welles families were part of the Ann Arbor elite in the 19th century. Silas Douglas was a professor of chemistry at the university and also oversaw the building of the Detroit Observatory in 1854. He also founded the Ann Arbor Gas Company in 1858 and served as its superintendent until 1891 when his son Henry succeeded him and served until his death in 1924. Douglas was a University of Michigan graduate of the class of 1890. His burial site is unknown.​​



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