Summer is a time for picnics in the park, canoeing down blue rivers, and biking on paths shaded by leaves hanging like a canopy over the trail. Gallup Park is one of Ann Arbor’s outdoor treasures. This large park on the east side of Ann Arbor, one of the 157 city parks in the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation system, offers a myriad of activities to enjoy outdoors.
Trails run throughout the 69-acre park and offer a great location for biking, jogging, roller blading, and walking. The paths wind through woods, over gentle hills, past the lake and, if you’re feeling adventurous, even onto a small island. The trail connects to a longer trail system that runs from Parker Mill Park, near Geddes Road and US-23, to the arboretum downtown, making it a popular route for bikers commuting to work.
The Argo Canoe Livery at Gallup rents canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. Rentals are available by the hour, and offer a unique way to see the park from the water. The paddleboats are ideal for two people looking for a leisurely jaunt around the lake. You’re not going to win a boat race with this vessel, but it’s the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing boat ride. Canoeing is ideal for exploring the lake and the surrounding rivers, and many canoes can be seen being paddling through the water on a hot summer day. Kayaks offer a great water workout for one person.
Barbeque grills are abundant throughout the park, and the tantalizing smell of food being prepared on the grill wafts throughout the park. Gallup’s two picnic shelters are popular spots for picnics and parties. The play areas, jungle gym, and swings are popular with the children. The tire swing is always crowded with kids.
Gallup Park is one of Ann Arbor’s many fine parks, and is one they city’s outdoor treasures that Ann Arbor realtors are sure to tell prospective residents about when they’re considering a move to our great city.
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