Forsythe Park

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Overview

Forsythe Park is a small 1/3 acre park located on the southern edge of downtown at the corner of Packard Street and Arch Street. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context. It is a convenient cut-through for students on​ their way to and from the University of Michigan's main campus. The sculpture centerpiece is called Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It is created from I-beams and incorporates the water fountain as part of the piece. The plaza is lit, and has large trees with picnic tables and benches. In the corner of the park is a basketball half court.

This park receives winter maintenance.

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

Amenities

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Drinking Fountain

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Paved Paths

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Half Basketball Court

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Picnic Tables​​

 

Trash & Recycling​


 
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Access and Parking

The park has multiple access points along both Packard Street and Arch Street. There is limited street parking available on ​Arch on both sides of Packard, as well as other nearby streets. Refer to posted sig​nage regarding parking rules and restrictions.

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

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Public Transportation

There is a bus stop​ immediately adjacent to​ the park. ​​Visit TheRide for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​

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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.​​​

Originally a gas station, the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Unit purchased this site in 1974 in order to create a park. It was referred to as the Packard/Arch Park until 1980 when it was renamed for Franklin C. Forsythe. Forsythe was the founder and the first president of the Ann Arbor Jaycees. The site was acquired using a HUD (federal) grant for “in-city parks." The design was a cooperative effort between the city, the Jaycees and the Burns Park Community Association. The park has been adopted by the Ann Arbor Jaycees and several members of the Jaycees spearheaded the drive to name the park after Forsythe. He was at the ribbon cutting in 1980, a year before he died.

Forsythe was an Ann Arbor attorney and President of the YMCA (1943) in addition to his work with the Jaycees. In the 1940s he lived at 1601 Granger. His wife was Jessie and his children were Peter and J. Michael. In 1956 his mid-century modern house at 500 Barton Shore Drive, designed by local architect Bob Metcalf, was featured in the Ann Arbor News. His wife was a University of Michigan graduate and in 1949 established the Forsythe Gallery (for art) in the Nickels Arcade. It was open until the mid-1980s.



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