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Overview

Veterans Memorial Park is a 37-acre park that is one of the busiest recreation areas in the city. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. The park is named in honor of veterans of the United States military, commemorated by a memorial​ located at the southwest corner of the park. Veterans Memorial Park contains five baseball/softball fields, a poo​l and ice arena​, the Ann Arbor Skatepark, tennis courts with tennis ball recycling bins​rain gardens, a hill used for sledding in the winter, paved paths with winter maintenance​ and benches and picnic tables to relax and unwind. Pickleball striping exists on one of the tennis courts. Please note, that this pickleball court requires you to bring your own net (contact Ann Arbor District Library​ for pickleball net rental information). This park also haspickup spot​ in the winter for a sand/salt mixture to treat sidewalks.​​ There is an official City of Ann Arbor ballot drop box​ located at the pool & ice arena parking lot. Contact park rentals for field rental information.

The Ann Arbor Skatepark, a 30,000-foot world-class skating facility, is free and open to the public from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. New lights have been installed to provide extended use into the evening and early morning hours. This project was possible because of support from our partners at Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark. Testing is still underway, but the lights are currently available between 6-9 a.m. as well as 4:15-10 p.m. and can be turned on by one of two push buttons on site. This will provide an hour of light time and a flashing strobe light will indicate that 10 minutes are remaining before the lights shut off. At that time, the button can be pushed to activate the lights again up until the cut-off. The timing of the lights will be adjusted seasonally.​

Skateboards, scooters and roller blades are all welcome at the skatepark which is designed for all levels and features kidney pools from 5 to 9.5 feet deep, a snake run, clover and flow bowls and a rock ride. View skatepark layout here. Bicycles are not allowed, but you can view bike recreation here​​​ if you are looking for where to ride your bike. The skatepark which opened in 2014, operates in partnership with the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark. Please view skatepark etiquette and park rules. Contact parks customer service for questions or special event information at the skatepark. ​


 


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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Drinking Fountains

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Playground

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Restrooms

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Skatepark

 

Grills

Picnic Tables​​

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Baseball/Softball Fields

 

Tennis Courts​

 

Landfill​ & Recycl​ing Bins​

 

Rain ​Gardens​

 

Ice Arena

 

P​ool

 

Sledding Hill

 

Paved Paths



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Access and Parking

While there is one park address for Veterans Memorial Park (2150 Jackson Avenue), there are multiple entrances and parking lots located off of three different roads. Your navigation app may take you to a different spot than someone else's so if you are looking to meet up at the park, review the Veterans Memorial Park parking guide​ for parking lot details and amenity locations. 

The park is accessible on foot as Dexter Avenue, Maple Road, and Jackson Avenue all have sidewalks. The park is accessible on bicycle by using bike lanes on Dexter Avenue and Jackson Avenue. There is a small bike rack at the Maple Road entrance and a larger bike rack at the pool and ice rink entrance.​​

Public Transporta​​tion

There are bus stops immediately adjacent to the park on Dexter Avenue and Jackson Avenue. The nearest stop to the pool and ice arena is on Jackson Avenue. The nearest stop to the skatepark and ball fields is on Dexter Avenue.

Visit TheRide for schedule and route details and check out the parks ride guide. ​


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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 about the early history of the land here​.​​​

Veterans Memorial Park was originally the Washtenaw County ​Fa​irgrounds. This site serv​​ed as the fairgrounds from 1922, when it moved from the land that became Burns Park, until 1951, when the land was purchased by the city for $127,500. The park wa​​s given the name Veterans Memorial Park in 1955 in honor of veterans of the U.S. military.​​​

 

The Washtenaw County Fairgrounds, soon to become Veterans Memorial Park, 1955

​Funds were approved for the ​first ball diamonds in 1958. Here​ is what one of the fields looked like in 1960.  Lights were installed in 1961. All ​​​five diamonds, still present today, were completed by 1963 (renovated in 2012). The pool and ice arena facilities were added ​later in the 1960s. View "Winter Fun at Veterans Memorial Park, December 1966". The ice arena was an outdoor rink until 1973 when the rink was enclosed. There is a long history of baseball and softball being played at the park- a 1999 article from the Ann Arbor News called it "the place to play ball"​. 


Baseball at the park, ​1969​

Recent Develop​​ments


The Ann Arbor Skatepark was opened in the park in 201​4 after years of community advocacy. Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders attended the grand opening ceremony​



A new memorial honoring U.S. veterans was added to the southwest corner of the park, visible from the corner of Jackson Avenue and Maple Road, in 20​19​. Funds were contributed by the American Legion Post 423 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars​.​​​​




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Active Park Ado​pters


​​​​​Volunteers play a big role in helping ​with​​​ maintenance and beautification at Veteran's Memorial Pa​rk. The University of Michigan's chapter of American Nuclear Society has volunteered at Veteran's Memorial Park since 2017. They have worked on a variety of tasks including removing litter, planting flowers, weeding, mulching gardens and helping to facilitate fun events at the ice rink.



There is also a wonderful group of individuals committed to several vo​lunteer projects at Veteran's Memorial Park who have adopted the memorial garden at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Maple Road since 2020. They are also dedicated stewards at one of the park's many rain gardens. Ongoing maintenance needs that they help with include weeding, spreading mulch and advocating for park improvements.

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