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Northside Park and Community Center

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Park Address: 809 Taylor St​ 
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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. Smoking is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.  


Overview 

Northside Park is a 5.2 acre park located on the corner of Pontiac Trail and Taylor Street. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map​​ for location context.​  The park contains a small tot play area, a ball diamond, a basketball court, a gaga ball play area, a water fountain, restrooms, and a tennis court. The park is adjacent to A2STEAM, formerly known as Northside Elementary School, which contains a few larger play areas. The park is the location of the CAN Northside Community Center. This center serves as Community Action Network’s administrative building and is also used as a community center​.


Access Points and Parking 

There is street parking along Taylor Street, which forms the southern edge of the park. 

The park is accessible on foot and bicycle. There are sidewalks along Pontiac Trail and Taylor Street, which form the west and south edges of the park. There are no paved paths or trails within the park.

Public Transportation: There are bus stops nearby on Pontiac Trail. The nearest stop is immediately adjacent to the park. Visit The Ride for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide



Amenities​




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 became Northside Park was originally part of the Northside School site. This land was designated for public park use in 1939. The shelter was constructed in 1960, and the tennis and basketball courts were added in 1982.

Recent Developments: Northside Elementary school, which borders the park on the east, became A2STEAM​ in 2014, putting on emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. Read an article from the Ann Arbor Observer about it here​.​

The ​Northside Community Center​ installed a solar power energy generation system in 2020. The community center is now designated as a "resilience hub​," the first in the city. In the case of a power outage or emergency situation the food onsite will remain refrigerated and community members will be able to access electricity in the building.


Updated June 2021. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information. ​