White Oak Park


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White Oak Park is a small three acre park located in the Newport Hills subdivision bordered by White Oak Drive and Pin Oak Drive, in the far northwest of the city. View the Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas Map​ for location context. The park is mostly wooded natural area, with a path running through the park and a small play structure nestled in the shady woods. ​The park also contains benches and a picnic table. Some non-invasive plant species found in the park include deptford pink, curly dock, white vervain, Virginia knotweed, clearweed and wood sorrel.​​​

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



Unpaved Trail



Picnic Table​



Access and Parking

Street parking is available along both White Oak Drive and Pin Oak Drive, and there are access points on each street. An unpaved path cuts through the park between the two streets.​

The park is accessible on foot and bicycle using the surrounding neighborhood streets, but there are no bike racks at the park and no bike lanes or sidewalks along nearby Newport Road.​

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Public Transportation

There is a bus ​stop at the corner of White Oak and Newport, about a 3 minute walk from the park.​ 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 park was set aside as a green space and acquired by the city in 1991 when the Newport Hills subdivision was developed. In 2003, public input was solicited from the neighbors regarding developing the park, and in 2004 park improvements were made. A single path running east to west was created along with benches, a picnic table and a small play structure. These improvements cost about $34,000 in total.​

Read a Natural Area Preservation (NAP) Newsletter detailing the park's history and the efforts of park stewards to curtail the invasive species within:

Winter 2014-2015 Park Focus: White Oak Park by Kristen Schotts

Park Stewards

Park Stewards are experienced volunteers who have adopted a nature area to protect and restore while fostering an environmental ethic among others. Stewards are committed to ongoing and long-term care of their park. They work with NAP to develop an annual work ​plan that outlines restoration goals and techniques for their natural area. 

Richard Geglio

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Richard has been working as a steward in the park since 2014. Living next to a nature area, he has always enjoyed peering into the natural setting.  Over time the desire grew to restore it to its original beauty. He was fortunate to have a neighbor who felt the same, so they teamed up to take on the project. Over the next few years, they removed most invasive plants allowing the area to repopulate with natives. The project has given Richard an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of natural areas.

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