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Churchill Downs Park

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Park Address: 2106 Steeplechase Dr​​, Ann Arbor MI 48103​​

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Community update: Park closure due to stormwater basin​​ construction

​The park is currently closed while the city is working on a $3.2 million project to create a new stormwater management basin in the park along Scio Church Road, which is designed to protect nearby neighborhoods against flooding. ​The construction is estimated to be finished in November 2022.​ See more details about the project here​.​​

Hours ​​an​​d ​​Rules

Open 6 a.m.-midnight with quiet hours beginning at 10 p.m. Refer to Chapter 39 of the City of Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances for park regulations and rules.​​ Smoking is prohibited, ​and dogs must be on leash.  ​

Overview​​

Churchill Downs Park is a 1.18-acre neighborhood park tucked away between houses and I-94 in southwest Ann Arbor off of Steeplechase Drive near Scio Church Road. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map​ for location context. The park contains a play area, benches, a half basketball court, open grass fields​, a drinking fountain, picnic table and grill. Churchill Downs is connected to Eisenhower Park​, which has a new trail being constructed through that will connect the parks further south through the neighborhood. When the stormwater basin construction is finished Churchill Downs will also have a gravel path connecting the park and the playground area directly to the sidewalk along Scio Church to the north.

Access and Parking

The park's main entrance​ is off of Steeplechase Drive, and there is parking along the street.

The park is accessible by foot and bicycle using the surrounding neighborhood streets, which all have sidewalks.  Nearby Scio Church Road has sidewalks and a bike lane. There are no bike racks at the park.

The park will soon have a gravel path connecting directly to the sidewalk along Scio Church Road. There is a trail under construction in Eisenhower Park that will connect to Churchill Downs Park.

Public Transportation: There is a bu​s ​st​op​​​​ on Scio Church near Steeplechase, less than a 5 minute walk from the park. ​​Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​

​Using a phone? - Click for a GPS Tracker and Wayfinding Map

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Amenities

  • Playground with structure, sandbox and swings, including tot bucket swings
  • Half basketball court
  • Benches and picnic table
  • Drinking fountain
  • Landfill receptacle






Volunteer​​

There are many opportunities for volunteering and getting engaged with the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Unit. GIVE 365 and the seasonal Adopt-a-Park Program offer volunteer opportunities ranging from a 90-minute commitment to a more long term ongoing role. If you are feeling the call to volunteer or give some time, reach out or explore the websites 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​. Keep in mind that parks are large spaces and A2 Fix It requests can be difficult to find without detailed information. 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 here. Alternatively if you have a special project or park improvement idea that you want to donate your time and energy toward, a great place to start is through Adopt-a-Park and the proposing a special park project​ guide. For information on donating a tree through Adopt-a-Park, the tree donation guide​​​​​​​ can help you get started.


History​

Ann Arbor's city parks sit on the ancestral and traditional homelands of several indigenous Native peoples. Read a land acknow​ledgement​ from the city and learn more about the early history of the land here​.​​

The park was acquired by the city around 1970. A new play area was installed in 2018.


​Updated November​​ 2022. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​