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. Contact park rentals for policies and rules related to rentals and special uses and always refer to posted park signage in the park. Smoking is prohibited and dogs must be on leash.
Garden Homes Park is located in the northwest corner of the city proper and accessed off Franklin, Fulmer and Garden Homes Streets. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. It is one block from Maple Road. The park is just over 11 acres in size and is nicely wooded with open lawn areas for various activities. Inter-connecting paths wind their way over 20,000 feet with two small asphalt plazas with lighting and benches. Garden Homes also features a large play structure off Franklin.
Access Points and Parking
There are no parking lots at Garden Homes but there is plentiful street parking in the neighborhood surrounding the park. Franklin street has a long stretch of park frontage with street parking. There are many points of access so if you are planning to meet at this park, take a moment to select a specfic meeting point.
A walking path off of Fulmer connects the park and neighborhood to Wines Elementary School. A walking path off of Franklin Court N connects the park area to Maple Road.
Public Transportation: There are bus stops very near the park off of Maple Road. The nearest stop to the Franklin Ct entrance to the park is Maple + Foss. Visit The Ride for route and schedule details.
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There are ongoing and limitless 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. Natural Area Preservation also has volunteer opportunities that support their mission and involve volunteers in all aspects of maintaining biodiversity and restoring damaged ecosystems. 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.
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.
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.
Garden Homes park was developed in 1974. A new play structure was added in 2007 after input from the local community.
Updated November 2022. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.