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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Park Address: 1035 Daniel Street, Ann Arbor MI 48103​

Access           Amenities          History​​

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.  ​

Overview

Hunt Park is a beautiful and hilly seven acre neighborhood park that is not far from downtown and features a great view of the city skyline. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map​ for location context. Hunt Park offers plenty of open green space along with mature trees and plenty of amenities year round, including ​a play area, small softball diamond, large open field, a small shelter with restrooms and a drinking fountain, basketball court and tennis courts. Benches and picnic tables are located throughout with an accessible path to restrooms and play area off Daniel Street. A great sledding area is used in the winter, along with informal cross country skiing. Hunt is also home to community gardens managed by Project Grow​.

Access and Parking

The park is bordered on three sides by Spring Street, Sunset Road and Daniel Street. The park is wide open on each of these streets and there is plentiful street parking on each.

The park is accessible on foot by walking through the neighborhood sidewalks, and on bicycle by riding through the neighborhood streets.​

Public Transportation: There are nearby bus stops on Miller Avenue. The nearest stop is approximately a 10 minute walk. Visit The Ride for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide. 

Amenities

  • Benches and picnic tables, view asset map​ for amenity locations
  • Small shelter, visit park rentals​ for reservations
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • Field which can be used for soccer, football or softball​
  • Restrooms, open seasonally
  • Playground
  • Grill
  • Drinking fountain
  • Project Grow​ community gardens
  • Landfill and recycling receptacles, view park​s recycling​





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 

​​​The land that comprises the neighborhood surrounding Hunt Park was known as "Hiscock's addition," named after Daniel Hiscock who owned the land and had it platted as an addition to the city in 1859. Maria Hiscock, Daniel's wife, was a daughter of Eber and Polly White, who are commemorated today in the names of Eberwhite Nature Area and Eberwhite Elementary School.​ Daniel Street, which forms the park's eastern border, is named after Mr. Hiscock. Other streets near Hunt Park pay tribute ​the Hiscock family also. Daniel and Maria Hiscock had two sons named Charles and Edward, and streets near the park bear their names. An 1864 Plan of​ the City of Ann Arbor maps out the land that was known as Hiscock Addition in the Northwest part of town. For a deeper dive into the history read ​Hunt Park History by Martha Hill​ written in 2021.  


A view of the city skyline from the land that would become Hunt Park, 1939. (Source: AADL​)

The land comprising Hunt Park was given to the city in 1943 by Ormond E. Hunt, who was the vice president of General Motors at the time, and his second wife Maud Quinlan Hunt. While the story behind the gifting of the land, like so many things, remains a bit of a mystery, the deed to the city specified that the land was for "school and park purposes and for such purposes exclusively". The Hunts chose the official dedication to read "Donated by Ormond & Hazel Hunt". Hazel was Omond's first wife and mother of his four children; she had passed away in 1927. The gifting of the land was in response to Eli Gallop  (who Gallup Park​ is named after) writing to Hunt asking if the idle land could be used for "victory gardens." Victory gardens were established during the World Wars to help support the war effort and the troops abroad and were the original 'community gardens' as Project Grow references here



Hunt Park under construction in 1951. (Source: AADL​)

The first improvements to the park were finished in 1953. In 1963 the park shelter was constructed​, after the park had been growing and improving.​​​​​​​​  In 1973, the Parks department documented Hunt Park history notes and outlined the amenities of that time. In 1981 a dedication was held in the park after numerous improvements were made to the park, including a new play area, new tr​e​es planted with funds from the Elizabeth R. Dean Fund​, new benches and picnic tables, a memorial grove, new entrance walk and more. 

View more historical articles and pictures of Hunt Park from the AADL here​.

Recent Development

2011, a new play structure was constructed.

2012, access steps along Daniel Street, next to the reatianing wall, were constructed. 

2015, the tennis and baseketball coruts were completely rebuilt​


​Updated August 2021. Email [email protected]​a2gov.org for incorrect/outdated information.​