Oakridge Nature Area

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Overview

Oakridge Nature Area is an eight-acre natural area on Glazier Way, on both sides of Huron Parkway, north of nearby Gallup Park. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context.

Occasionally, visitors may encounter a city park with no trails – as is the case at Oakridge Nature Area. These natural areas represent a unique recreati​on and conservation feature of the city’s park system. In these relatively few spaces across the city, off-trail exploration is encouraged – a rare opportunity to meander through a wild space in our urban context. Visitors are also invited to reflect on the conservation value and biodiversity of these spaces, where the Parks & Recreation’s Natural Area Preservation staff work to steward, restore and inventory the natural communities throughout the city’s parks.

Oakridge is an undeveloped nature area, there are no trails, no amenities and no parking onsite. The western portion of the park is easy to view from the sidewalk, while the larger eastern portion is dense growth. Oakridge contains over 100 native species found in these valuable oak-hickory woods. Miller​ Creek runs through the area, next to a small fen, a rare type of Michigan wetland.​

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


 
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Access and Parking

There is no parking at the park. There is street parking on nearby Wolverhampton Lane​, about a 5 minute walk from the park.

The park is accessible on foot and bicycle via Huron Parkway. There are paved sidewalks along both sides of the road. There are no bike racks at the park.

Oakridge is a relatively short walk ​(10-15 minutes or less) from Glazier Hill Nature Area, Ruthven Nature Area, Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area.​

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Public Transportation

There is a bus ​stop​ immediately adjacent to the park on Huron Parkway. Visit The​Ride​ 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.​​

Read a Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Newsletter highlighting the area:

2015 Park Focus: Oakridge Nature Area by Mary Adams



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