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​​​​​​​​​​Park Address: 2399 Placid Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105​

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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.  


​​Placid Way Park is a 1.32-acre neighborhood park located between Placid Way at Tuebingen Parkway and Omlesaad Drive​. The park contains a playground, benches, picnic tables and has a barrier free asphalt walk connection through the park. The park provides a pleasant green space for neighborhood residents and a play area for children.​ The park is bordered on the east and west by Foxfire South​ Nature Area​, though there are no trail connections.

Access Points and Parking

There is street parking at the north entrance on Omlesaad Drive. There is a small parking area with approximately four parking spaces at the south entrance of the park on Placid Way. There is also street parking along Placid Way.

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

Nearby parks (generally less than a 10-15 minute walk) include Foxfire South Park​, Dhu Varren Woods​ Nature AreaOlson ParkFoxfire North ParkFoxfire West ParkFoxfire East ParkButtonbush Nature Area​Traver Creek Nature Area​Tuebingen Park, and Stapp Nature Area.

Public Transportation: There are nearby bus stops on Lancashire Drive and Traver Boulevard. The nearest stop is only a 3-4 minute walk. Visit The Ride for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide. 

​​Using a phone? - Click for a GPS Tracker and Wayfinding Map

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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 ​

Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknow​ledgement​ from the city and learn more about the early history of the land here​.​​

The strip of land that became Placid Way Park was originally intended to be a road. The road project was successfully​ lobbied against by neighborhood residents, and then the land was given to the city after the developer paved a path through it in 1992. That same year Teresa Walsh and Alicia Zarbo, residents of the two neighborhood subdivisions, successfully launched a campaign to get the area turned into a park for children. The city agreed to match funds raised by the neighborhood residents as long as they reached their goal of $12,500, for the purposes of constructing a playground and creating the park. See a 1992 article from the Ann Arbor News​ about the campaign to create Placid Way Park. The fundraising campaign was successful and the park was dedicated in 1993. A plaque at the park​ commemorates the effort to create the park and the local businesses that contributed to it.​

Updated February 2023. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information. ​​​