Southeast Area Park is a 26.5-acre park located at the corner of Ellsworth Road and Platt Road. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map for location context. This recreation area contains two play areas, lighted softball and basketball, athletic fields, picnic shelter, parking, drinking fountain, restrooms, picnic tables, grills and benches. The large shelter offers electricity and is in close proximity to the north playground as well as grills and restrooms. Contact park rentals for information on shelter rentals or hosting an event at Southeast Area Park. There is a paved multi use pathway loop around the perimeter of the park popular for walking. This outer loop is just over a 1/2 mile.
Winter at Southeast Area Park
The Southeast Area pathways are scheduled for clearing when it snows. For more information on walking in winter or which parks are on the path clearing routes, visit Parks in the Wintertime. Southeast Area Park also hosts a Christmas tree disposal site seasonally.
Access and Parking
Southeast Area is located on the north side of Ellsworth Road, just west of Platt Road. There is a large parking lot located at the entrance. There is also a connected dirt lot for additional parking to the east of the ball fields.
Public Transportation: There are several bus stops within a 5 minute walk to the park. Check out TheRide Guide for more details.
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- Picnic tables, benches and grills
- Restrooms open seasonally
- Large Shelter with available electricity
- Basketball Court
- 2 softball fields
- Large grassy field
- Trash and recycling available.
- Two playground areas
There are ongoing and limitless 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. Check out Southeast Area Park Active Adopters.
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.
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.
This land was acquired by the City in the early 1990s. In the mid 90s it went through 2 phases of development to create the park it is today. The photo below was taken in October of 1991.
Southeast Area Park Active Adopters
A local Mitsubishi office has been committed to volunteering at Southeast Area Park since 2018. This group of individuals helps to maintain the park by picking up litter, weeding the playgrounds, maintaining the garden at the park sign and more! Email [email protected] if you would like to be kept in the loop or to join any volunteer workdays at Southeast Area Park.
Updated October 2022. Email [email protected] for incorrect/outdated information.