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Crary Park

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​​ Park Address:​ ​1805 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104​

Acc​ess          Am​​enities          His​t​​ory

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 and dogs must be on leash.

Overview​​​

Crary Park is a 1.3 acre park located on the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Cambridge Road near downtown. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map​ for location context. The park is a rolling green space with a grassy field and a bench. The park is just across Washtenaw from Douglas Park. The park was donated in 2007 by the Crary family - read more about their gift in the history section below.

Access and Parking

There is two-hour street parking along the park's border on one side of Cambridge Road. Refer to posted signage regarding parking rules and restrictions.​

The park is accessible on foot using sidewalks along Washtenaw Avenue, Cambridge Road, and other nearby streets. There are no bike lanes along these roads and there are no bike racks at the park.

The park is just across Washtenaw from Douglas Park​ and a short walk from Postman's Rest Park.

Public Transportation: The neares​t ​bu​s stop​​​ is immediately adjacent to the the park, just across Washtenaw. ​Visit The Ride for schedule and route details or check out the parks ride guide. ​​​​​​


Amenities




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​​

The park was donated in 2007 by the Crary family. Douglas Crary, a former University of Michigan Geography professor, who also served several years as a member of the Ann Arbor City Council and the City of Ann Arbor Planning Commission, bought the property adjacent to his home on Cambridge Road over 45 years ago, after a fraternity fire burned down the house on the site. During his tenure, he not only preserved the approximately 1.3 acres of land as open greenspace, but also provided an area for his neighbors and the public to use and enjoy.  Doug Crary passed away in 2006 and in 2007 his daughters generously offered this land to the City of Ann Arbor to become a city park. On Dec. 28, 2007, the City of Ann Arbor formally accepted this property as part of the City of Ann Arbor's park system.


​​​Updated June 2022. Email [email protected]​a2gov.org for incorrect/outdated information.​​​