Park Address: Wayne St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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, alcohol is prohibited, and dogs must be on leash.
Postman's Rest is a small city lot that remains neatly wooded at the corner of Vinewood and Wayne in central Ann Arbor. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas Map for location context. It features a concrete walk, sandbox, picnic table and a bench swing.
Access and Parking
There is 2-hour street parking available on Vinewood Boulevard and Wayne Street. Refer to posted signage regarding parking rules and restrictions.
The park is accessible on foot and bicycle using the surrounding neighborhood streets. Vinewood Blvd. and Wayne St. have sidewalks but no bike lanes. There are no bike racks at the park.
The park is a short walk from Crary Park, Douglas Park, and George Washington Park to the northwest along Washtenaw Avenue.
Public Transportation: The closest bus stop to Postman's Rest is on the corner of Wayne St. and Washtenaw Ave., less than a 5 minute walk from the park. Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide.
- Picnic table, bench, and bench swing
- Paved path
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.
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 about the early history of the land here.
The land was folded into the city of Ann Arbor proper in 1891 as a parcel in the College Hill Addition. It was purchased as part of a big wooded corner lot by Mrs. Anne B. Mueller (maiden name Charlotte Agnes 'Annie' Belger), a pioneer journalist, and her husband Fredrick E. Mueller, one of the first printers to enter the linotype field, early in their marriage. They were among the first residents on Vinewood Boulevard. Despite the area developing around them, they tried to keep their land in a natural state. Sometime after her husband's death in 1937, Mrs. Mueller sold part of the big lot to some people to build a home. Mrs. Mueller passed away in 1965, at age 85 Following her death, her lot with her wildflower garden and tree-shrouded “rough box" of a home was deeded to the city for a park.
It was dedicated for parks purposes in June 1966 when neighbor, friend, and first woman city council member Mrs. Margret D. Towsley --acting on the intentions of deceased Mrs. Anne Mueller-- signed over to the city a quit claim deed for the land. This park is a posthumous thank-you note to the neighborhood's postmen.
In a letter to city council, Mrs. Towsley said, “This lot was for many years the location of the residence of Anne B. Mueller. During many of these years, it was the habit of the postman delivering mail in the area to stop in to check on the condition of Mrs. Mueller who lived alone.
It is requested that the park to be established be called 'Postman's Stop' and dedicated to the unselfish mail carriers throughout the years who have devoted so much time in the service of others. It would have made Mrs. Mueller very happy to have been able to make this dedication herself."
Postman's Rest Park, May 1972, courtesy AADL.
Mrs. Towsley was later quoted as saying: "We don't half appreciate the value of a friendly postman, what he can do for a neighborhood if he takes a little interest in it. Bob [the neighborhood postmen at the time and one of the postmen who had looked in on Mrs. Mueller] always tells us if someone on the route is sick or having difficulties, just manages to let us know he's a little worried about someone." Mrs. Mueller was cared for by neighbors, particularly Mrs. Towsley, and received short daily visits from city postmen who took a personal interest in her welfare. The house was torn down but the park was named as a tribute to Norm Kern and Bob Schlupe, the mail carriers who stopped each day to see that "Annie" was all right. Norm Kern stopped by each day to check on her; when he retired, his replacement Bob Schlupe did the same.
There is no word or short phrase in the English language that conveys the simple act of kindness that was performed over and over again. 'Neighborliness' comes close in spirit, but not exactly fitting when the person offering the 'neighborliness' is the postman, not a neighbor. This lack of language for quickly conveying the appropriate meaning is perhaps the reason this park has undergone change in its name, being initially called 'Postman's Stop', sometimes 'Postman's Park", and apparently by 1972 'Postman's Rest Park'. Capturing the underlying act of kindness with just the right word or phrase has proven elusive, at least in English.
A 1903 U-M graduate, Mrs. Anne Mueller was a pioneering journalist and 'liberated woman' who was adept at making do with little and undaunted by what others might make of her appearance. With just modest Social Security income, living in a small home she called “the rough box", and having no family to care for her as she aged, she lived an apparently contented life to age 85. The parcel of land currently (in 2022) carrying the name 'Postman's Rest Park' holds memories of her love of a little wild spot, books, and the absence of any semblance of order.
Updated November 2022. Email [email protected]
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