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Park Address800 Broadway St, Ann Arbor MI 4810​4​

Ac​​ce​ss          Am​enities          His​t​​​​o​ry

Hours and 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

Overview​​

Broadway Park is five acres in size and located just o​​ff Broadway Street along the Huron River, just north of downtown. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas Map​ for location context. The park space is primarily utilized as a fenced-in dog park​, 1.37 acres in size, with separate areas for larger and smaller dogs.​​​​ The park, nestled between the Huron River and the Kerrytown area, provides a green space with plenty of tall maple and oak trees.​​ The park contains a sculpture made out of repurposed canoes entitled Turbine, which is part of the Canoe Imagine Art​ series. Broadway Park connects to Argo Park & Nature Area​ and Riverside Park via the Broadway Bridge.

Access and Parking

There is no parking at the park.​ There is some street parking along Depot Street, ​down the stairs from the Broadway Bridge which has sidewalks connecting to the park.

There are sidewalks along the Broadway Street bridge for foot access. All of the surrounding streets have sidewalks. There are no bike racks at the park.​​​

The park is a relatively short walk from Wheeler Park, Riverside Park​, Argo Park & Nature Area​, Longshore Park​ and Plymouth Parkway Park​.​

Public Transportation: There is a bus stop​​ just across the Broadway Bridge, a very short walk from the park. ​​Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​


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Amenities

  • Fenced-in dog runs with separate areas for smaller and larger dogs (1.37 acres)
  • Benches
  • Paved paths with winter maintenance​
  • Landfill receptacles



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 acknowledgement​ from the city and learn more about the early history of the land here​.​

The land ​​that comprises what is now known as Broadway Park was acquired by the city, mostly through condemnation of several properties, over several years, ranging from 1902 to 1915. Mayor Royal S. Copeland had a vision of a "green sward" of land along the river, but in 1902 the land on both sides of the river was split between many different owners and filled with junkyards and factories. The park was formally named "Riverside Park" in 1907, although that name did not stick. ​The park across the river became known as Riverside Park​ in ​1934, a name it still carries. From around 1934 through 1973 the park was (unofficially) referred to as "Hobo Park," after the hoboes that would arrive in Ann Arbor via the train station looking for work. The park was officially named Broadway Park in 1973. Read more about the history of Broadway and Riverside Parks in this Ann Arbor Observer article​ from the AADL.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the city struggled with maintaining the wa​ter levels just past the Argo Dam, which caused accelerated erosion at Broadway Park and other areas along the Huron River. In one instance, two people in a canoe nearly died​ when their canoe was sucked through the dam in a sudden surge of water.​ An article from the Ann Arbor News in 1987 details efforts to manage the water levels. Today, canoers, kayaykers and rafters float past Broadway Park after embarking from Argo Park​ and often traveling through the Argo Casades, on their way down river to the Gallup Park Canoe Livery.

In 2015 ​a sculpture entitled Turbine was installed in the park as part of the Canoe Imagine Art series. Turbine was created by by Missouri State Western University artists J. Neil Lawley, Heather Andrews, Jake Proffit, Dustin Lafromboise and Hausman Metal Works. This series includes four different art pieces installed along the Huron River in Ann Arbor parks, all made out of repurposed canoes from the Ann Arbor Liveries.​ These works of art were voted on by the public.


The fenced-in dog runs, which now constitute the majority of the park's land usage, were built in 2016​.​

 

Dogs enjoying the new dog park at its grand opening in 2016


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