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City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation will host a dedication ceremony to officially rename Southeast Area Park as Bicentennial Park Thursday, July 11, at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited for a brief program, light refreshments, lawn games and informational displays about the proposed improvements.

“As part of the Ann Arbor Bicentennial celebration this year, renaming and reinvesting in Bicentennial Park serves as a significant, lasting remembrance of the milestone,” said Ann Arbor City Administrator Milton Dohoney Jr. Southeast Area Park was selected for renaming for several reasons. The park’s location — along two major roadways on the southeast border of the city, its proximity to public transit, and its accessibility for traditionally underserved populations — were factors in the decision.

City leaders concluded this park could serve as a highly visible, welcoming and inclusive gateway to the city of Ann Arbor, while commemorating the historic occasion, and brought forth the recommendation for Council consideration. In 2023, Ann Arbor City Council passed Resolution 23-161 directing the city administrator to designate Southeast Area Park as Bicentennial Park.

In addition to renaming the park, several programmatic and infrastructure amenities will be implemented on the site to further benefit the community and elevate the park to become a premier recreation destination. The improvements to Bicentennial Park will be made possible with funding support from the State of Michigan, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, IWSH Foundation, United Association of Plumbers And Pipefitters, and other individuals, businesses and organizations.


The city will also officially recognize major gifts from the University of Michigan during the July 11 event — a donation of $300,000 to help fund a universally accessible playground at Bicentennial Park and a gift of $125,000 for new playground equipment at the city’s Fuller Park, located across Fuller Road from University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

The renaming and planned improvements to Bicentennial Park further demonstrates the city parks department’s commitment to serving our community with opportunities and spaces that improve quality of life,” added Parks and Recreation Services Manager Josh Landefeld. “This effort provides us with a way to celebrate Ann Arbor’s past while making improvements for the future.” 


Bicentennial Park currently features playground areas, lighted softball and baseball fields, athletic fields, a full basketball court, a picnic shelter, a drinking fountain, restrooms, picnic tables and grills. A paved, 1/2-mile, multi-use walking path loops around the perimeter of the park. Visit the park online for location information and additional details about this site and the renaming initiative.