South University Park

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Overview​

South University Park is a small half acre park located on Sou​th University Avenue at Walnut Street, in a neighborhood just east of downtown Ann Arbor. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map​ for location context. It has benches, a picnic table and a shaded half basketball court.

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

Amenities

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Paved Paths​​

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Half ​Basketball Court​

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Picnic Tables​​

 

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Access and Parking

There is street parking on one sid​e of South University Avenue and one side of Walnut Street. Refer to posted signage regarding parking rules and restrictions.

The park is accessible on foot and bicycle by using the surrounding neighborhood streets. There are sidewalks along the nearby streets. There is no bike rack at the pack. Nearby Washtenaw Avenue has sidewalks but no bike lanes.

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Public Transportation

The nearest bus stop​ is immediately adjacent to the park on South University. ​Visit TheRide for schedule 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.​​

The land that became South University Park was originally a lot that had two houses on it which had been abandoned by the owner. The park was acquired by the the city in the early 1970s, after neighbors had essentially developed the property into park space themselves.​ Leslie and Michael Morris helped make this process happen and helped convince the City of Ann Arbor to buy the land and bring it into the park system. Eventually Leslie Morris would be elected to Ann Arbor City Council and served from 1977-1983. She also served as a member of the Park Advisory Commission (PAC).

In 2012-2013, after soliciting public input, the park was updated, replacing outdated benches and a removing dilapidated kiosk and repaving the basketball court. These improvements cost approximately $43,000. Leslie and Michael Morris, who had helped the park come into existence, donated $50,000 to the city for the express purpose of renovating the park, and part of their gift was used to do so.​ Read more about the park's history and the Morris families contributions here​.



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