Olson Park – Tuesday Playground Profile

This profile of Olson 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 including Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Dexter, etc. Today we are profiling the playground at Olson Park.

Olson Park Playground Profile - Queen of the Mountain

Olson Park

Olson Park is in North Ann Arbor. It is jointly owned by the City of Ann Arbor and the County Drain Commission.

Location: 1505 Dhu Varren, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Unique Features: Dog Park, Climbing Structures, Sand Area, Little Free Library
Olson Park Playground Profile - Little Free Library Swings: Yes, two baby swings, two standard swings
Surface: Rubber Mats by Climbers, Mulch at Swings, and Sand at Digger
Bathrooms: Yes.
Shade: Not on the playground or dog park. Trails have shade
Pavilion: Yes, there is a pavilion near the playground.
Olson Park Playground Profile - Pavilion
Sports Fields: Yes – basketball court, and additional fields for use by permit.
Walking Trails: Yes, there are paved paths around the pond and athletic fields.


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Olson Park Playground Profile - Pond
Parking: Yes, paved parking lot

Olson Park Playground Review

Olson Park lacks a traditional playground structure. They do have several climbing features. My 11 year old found parts of the rock walls and climbing structure challenging.

Olson Park Playground - Rock Wall

She loves American Ninja Warrior so she enjoyed the challenge of climbing the rope.

Olson Park Playground Profile - Rope Challenge

Some of the climbing structures are easier and would be appropriate for younger kids. There is also a sand digger and sand funnel for younger children.

Olson Park Playground Profile - Sand Digger and Funnel Table

With it’s rubber mats in the main playground area, Olson Park is part of our Mess-Free Playground Series.

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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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