Ward Park


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Ward Park is a 5.81-acre park located east of Main Street at the end of Oakbrook Drive. ​View the A​nn Arbor Parks and Nature Areas Map for location​ context​. Ward is a mixed-use park with many amenities to cater to different park users. The park contains a play area, benches, a picnic table, and a walking trail through a lightly wooded area.

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



Walking Trails



Picnic Tables​​


Trash & Recycling​



Access and Parking

Limited street parking is available on ​​​East Oakbrook Drive, where the road curves and borders the park.

Ward Park is accessible on foot and by bi​​​ke. South Main Street to the west has dedicated bike lanes​ and sidewalks, and the neighborhood streets surrounding Ward Park have sidewalks. ​ There are no bike racks at the park.

Nearby city parks include Cranbrook​ Park​​ to the west and Willow Nature Area to the southeast.

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Public Transportation

The nearest bus stop​​​​ ​​is at the corner of South Main Street​ and ​Har​​bor Way​, less than a 5 minute walk from the park. ​​​Visit TheRide for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​


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 comprises Ward Park was dedicated to the city as park land by the developer of ​Harbor Club Apartments ​in the early 1990s.​​

A resolution was ​proposed to the Ann Arbor City Council in 1993​ with a recommendation to rename Harbor Club Park to Ward Park. ​Reasons for the recommendation included changing the name to be less territorial to the Harbor Club Apartments and therefore, more inviting to other surrounding housing communities. The name Ward was chosen to honor Ellen Ward, who partly owned and developed the plan for the park and residential ​land.


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A2Fix It - Service request tool

A2 Fix It is an online system you can use to report any maintenance issues or other problems during your park visit. When reporting an issue in a park please include detailed location information in the "details and description" section near the end of the request process. Pictures that provide location context are very helpful.

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