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Sunset Brooks Nature Area

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Park Address: 750 Sunset Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48103​​

Access            Amenities            History

Ho​​​​​urs and Rules

Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Refer to Chapter 3​9 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules. Smoking is prohibited and dogs must be on leash.   ​

​Overview

Sunset Brooks Nature Area is 7.82 acres of rolling woods and wetlands. The nature area is located between Sunset Road and M-14. The park provides a green buffer between the neighborhood and the highway. It also provides a green shortcut to Bird Hills Nature Area. The park topography is gentle with oaks and hickories dotting the woods as well as a grove of flowering dogwoods. Rare and interesting plant species found in the park include redbud, black oak, wild black currant, summer grape and golden alexander.​ 

Access and Parking​​​

The main entrance to the park is between houses on Sunset Road with street parking available. There is also an entrance on Beechwood Drive, near a small parking area​ that serves Bird Hills Nature Area​ and Kuebler Langford Nature Area.

The park can be accessed on foot by walking through the neighborhood sidewalks, and by bicycle by riding through the neighborhood streets. There are no bike racks at the park but there are some at the Kuebler Langford/Bird Hills parking area on Beechwood Drive.

Public Transit:​ The nearest b​​us stop is along Miller Avenue, which is about a mile away and a 15 minute walk from the park. Visit The Ride​ for closest stops and route details or check out the parks ride guide​​. ​​​


Amenities

  • ​​View asset map for boundaries and trails
  • Hiking Trails​

Volunteer

There are ongoing and limitless opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. Natural Area Preservation has volunteer opportunities that support their mission to protect and restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and to foster an environmental ethic among its citizens. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the website 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.  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 he​re​. For special projects ideas in natural areas, Natural Area Preservation​ staff will guide you and provide project guidelines unique to natural areas.​​​​

​​History

In 2002, the site was bought and sold in quick succession by several developers, and was ultimately slated to be developed into 33 condominiums.  Park neighbors didn’t want to see the neighborhood woods demolished, and attended many Planning Commission and City Council meetings to voice their concerns. Eventually, they decided to take matters into their own hands, advocating that the City of Ann Arbor purchase the site for parkland.  The Greater Sunset Brooks Neighborhood Association was formed and the group committed to raise the funds for 25% of the purchase price of the site. In a partnership with the Ann Arbor Community Foundation, the group developed a fund for community donations. Within a year’s time, 96 neighbors contributed to the project, raising more than $93,000. After this demonstration of support from the community, and with this financial assistance, the City purchased Sunset Brooks Natural Area in 2003 from Johnson Holding Company.  Decades later, people continue to be inspired to care for this small neighborhood park. For more details about this nature area and its features, read Natural Area Preservation newsletter 2014 Park Focus: Sunset Brooks Nature Area by Molly ​Notarianni​


Updated May ​2021. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.​​​