Churchill Downs Park

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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 that was finished in November 2022 that connects the parks further south through the neighborhood. The park has a gravel path, also constructed in 2022 as part of a massive stormwater basin project, which connects the park and the playground area directly to the sidewalk along Scio Church to the north.

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



Drinking Fountain​




Basketball Court


Picnic ​Tables​​


Trash & Recycling​



Trail Connections​




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 has a gravel path connecting to the sidewalk along Scio Church Road. The park connects to the Eisenhower Park​ trail which goes through Eisenhower and connects to Churchill Drive and Dundee Drive.


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Public Transportation

There is a bu​s ​st​op​​​​ on Scio Church near Steeplechase, 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 park was acquired by the city around 1970. A new play area was installed in 2018.

In 2022 the park was closed for several months while the city worked 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 also included a new unpaved path connecting the park to Scio Church Road. The construction was finished in November 2022.​ See more details about the project here​.​​ A trail connecting to the park through Eisenhower Park​ was also finished in the same month.

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