Hanover Square Park

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Overview

Hanover Square Park ​is a half acre in size and is the oldest park in the city. This park plaza is located at the intersection of Packard and South Division on the edge of downtown and the University of Michigan's campus. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. Hanover Square Park is a great little park for getting some shade on a hot summer day when walking or biking in downtown Ann Arbor.  ​

​Several large linden trees grace the park, along with more recently planted serviceberry trees and landscape planting beds. A large brick raised flowerbed ​faces the Packard and Division intersection. Grassy areas combine with wide paved walking areas. There are park benches, a bike rack, and a trash bin.​

A sculpture entitled "Arbor S​apientiae​​," meaning 'Arbor Wisdom/Understanding', stands near the edge of the broad walkway​ crossing the park. This sculpture speaks to the university's education role melding with the city's support of the arts.

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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Benches

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Paved Path

 

Trash & Recycling​


 
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Access and Parking

There is no parking lot at the park, but there is metered street parking on Division Street and other nearby streets.

The park is accessible on foot and bicycle by walking and biking along downtown streets. Packard Street and Division Street each have bike lanes, as do many streets in the downtown area. There is one bike loop at the park to secure bikes to.

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Public Transportation

There is a nearby bus stop on Thompson Street, about a five minute walk away. The park is also about a five minute walk from the Blake Transit Center. Visit TheRide for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​

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.​​

When is a square really a triangle? When it's Hanover Square Park in Ann Arbor morphing through time! Ann Arbor's oldest park was true to its name when first created some time between 1824 and 1836. The dedication of the land for use as a public park didn't take place until 1859.  In 1925, a portion of the land was deeded to the Board of Education (for a property exchange), as the W.S. Perry school for girls that was next to the park had already been using that portion. These circumstances redrew ​the park's boundaries, turning its larger square into the current triangle.​​

 

Hanover Square in 1964

The park had play equipment and was used as a children's playground until 1968. At this time, the play equipment was removed, and it took shape as the grassy park that it is today. The "Arbor Sapientiae" sculpture, created by Ronald Bauer, was​ relocated to Hanover Square in 1984. The plaque at the sculpture was installed in 1986 with help from the artist.

Read a more detailed history of the park here.



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