Mill Pond Park – Tuesday Playground Profile

This profile of Mill Pond Park is part of our Summer Series: Tuesday Playground Profiles

Each week Ann Arbor with Kids is profiling a different playground in the Ann Arbor area. Playgrounds will be selected from Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. This week our inspiration comes from the Saline Celtic Festival which is on Saturday. The Saline Celtic Festival is held at Mill Pond Park, the focus of today’s playground profile.

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Warning (7/31/16):

Mill Pond Park is currently experiencing high wasp activity on the play structure. They have been spraying for several weeks, but it remains an issue. See details in the Saline Post.


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Mill Pond Park

Mill Pond Park is located west of Saline at 565 W. Bennett Rd. Other than the Saline Celtic Festival, this was the first time we have visited Mill Pond Park. My daughter and I both left wondering why we had never visited before and with a plan to return in the future.

Address: 565 W. Bennet St, Saline, 48176
Unique Features: Gaga Pit, stream, pond

mill-pond-park-gaga-pit Swings: Yes, 4 regular, 1 tire, 3 buckets, 
Surface: Woodchips
Bathrooms: Yes, two individual stalls. 
Shade: The playground is in full sun. The covered pavilion offers shade adjacent to the play structure. There are also a few trees. near the playground
Pavilion: Yes. There is a pavilion with two separate seating areas at Mill Pond Park
Sports Fields: Soccer and open grassy areas
Walking Trails: Mill Pond Park has plenty of acreage to explore. However, it is mostly large grassy area and grass trails as opposed to poured or gravel paths. Therefore, they may not be very easy for families with strollers or wagons to explore.

Mill Pond Park - Exploring the Island Parking: Mill Pond Park has it’s own 68 spot parking lot, offering plenty of space on most days. 
Parental Warning: The Saline River runs alongside the park. While the playground is some distance away, it is worth extra vigilance over your children. 

Mill Pond Park Playground Review

 

My daughter and I both walked away from Mill Pond Park wondering why we had never visited before. We are definitely putting it on our list to visit again, maybe with friends so to take advantage of the gaga pit. The park offers something for kids of all ages. My 10 year old found plenty to climb or challenge herself with.

Mill Pond Park - Climbing Challenge

At the same time, there is an area designed for younger children. This area has a smaller slide, bucket swings, and smaller climbing areas. It is separated from the rest of the playground by a fence, although the entrance from the rest of the playground is open.

Mill Pond Park - Little Kids Area

 

Beyond the Mill Pond Park Playground

Mill Pond Park has far more to offer than just the playground. With wide open spaces, it has plenty of room to run around – perfect for a game of tag or playing ball. The park has several benches along the river where you can sit. There is also an island to explore that is separated from the rest of the park by a small creek. The creek is great for wading on a warm day. When we have been there for the Celtic Festival and again today, there have been people wading in the creek.

Mill Pond Park - Wading in the Creek

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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