Waterworks Park


275 Eighth St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103


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Waterworks Park is a 1.48-acre park located between 7th and 8th streets and Liberty and Washington streets, just west of downtown. View the Ann Arbor Parks & Nature Areas Map for location context. Waterworks is a neighborhood park that gives a pleasant space to enjoy the outdoors near downtown. There are large trees providing an attractive canopy and plenty of shade. The park contains picnic tables, a small play area, benches and an asphalt path connection between the two streets.

The paths in this park receive winter maintenance.​

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



Paved Paths





Picnic Tables​​


Trash & Recycling​



Access and Parking

There is street parking on 8th Street on the west side of the park. The street parking directly in front of the park becomes a towaway zone with no parking ​on school days during the day. Refer to signs on the street.​

The park is accessible on foot by walking on sidewalks along the nearby streets, and on bicycle by riding on the local streets. There are bike lanes on 7th Street. There are no bike racks at the park.

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Public Transportation

There are plenty of bus stops nearby on Huron Street and Liberty Street​. The nea​rest stop is only a 3 to 4 minute w​alk. Visit TheRide for closest stops 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 land that is Waterworks Park was acquired in 1927. 

Allen's Creek runs underneath Waterworks Park. The creek was ​put underground in the 1920s. The park was originally home to a small pond where the creek widened out. Read more about the history of Allen's Creek here.​​

In 1938, kids make crafts in Waterworks Park (photo below from oldnews.aadl.org). 


​During the 1970s and 1980s, the Western Kiwanis Club ​provided many improvements to the park, including the first play equipment in 1978. Read the Western Kiwanis's ​history of Involvement​​ for more details on their service and projects.   

The asphalt path going through the park was first constructed in 1974-75. ​

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