Bicentennial Park (formerly Southeast Area Park)


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Bicentennial Park​ is a 26.5-acre park located at the corner of Ellsworth Road and Platt Road, formerly​​ known as Southeast Area Park. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. This recreation area contains two play areas, lighted softball and basketball fields, athletic fields, picnic shelter, ​drinking fountain, restrooms, picnic tables and grills. The large shelter offers electricity and is in close proximity to the north playground as well as grills and restrooms. Contact park rentals for information on shelter rentals or hosting an event at Southeast Area Park. There is a paved multi use pathway loop around the perimeter of the park popular for walking. This outer loop is just over a 1/2 mile.

Winter at Bicentennial Park

The Bicentennial Park pathways are scheduled for clearing when it snows. For more information on ​which parks are on the path clearing routes, visit Parks in the Wintertime​. This park has also served as a Christmas tree disposal site seasonally.  

Bicentennial Park's 200th annivers​ary legacy projects

Basketball Cou​​rt Mural Project

Bicentennial Park is one of two locations (along with Leslie Park) that will feature a unique Ann Arbor Bicentennial mural on its basketball courts beginning in ​2024, when the city is celebrating its 200th anniversary.​ Learn more!​

Park Enhancements, Splash Pad and more

To celebrate the milestone, Southeast Area Park was renamed Bicentennial Park with a plan to improve the park. The primary enhancement will be Ann Arbor’s first universal-access splash pad, updated playground, pavilion and restrooms, all of which will be solar-powered. Additional items being considered are a new building and shelter to support park operations and programming, trail improvements and more. By supporting these enhancements, the park will see an increase in accessibility that will offer a vibrant, innovative and inclusive environment where neighbors, friends and families can connect.​ See artists renderings below. 

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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



Shelter with electricity






Basketball Court



Picnic Tabl​es​​


Softball Fields​​


Open Field


Trash & Recycling​



Access and Parking

Bicentennial park is located on the north side of Ellsworth Road, just west of Platt Road. There is a large parking lot located at the entrance. There is also a connected dirt lot for additional parking to the east of the ball fields.

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Public Transportation

There are several bus stops within a 5 minute walk to the park. Check out TheRide Guide​​​​​ for more details.​​


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.​​

This land was acquired by the City in the early 1990s. In the mid 90s it went through two phases of development to create the park it is today. The photo below was taken in October of 1991.​

Active Adopters

A local Mitsubishi office ​​has been committed to volunteering at Southeast Area Park since 2018. This group maintains the park by picking up litter, weeding, maintaining the garden at the park sign and more! Email [email protected] if you would like to join any volunteer workdays at Southeast Area Park.

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