“Music at the Playground” Enjoyed by Hundreds on June 12

Over 450 ice cream treats were handed out to visitors to the Music in the Playground event on June 12, 2022. 

On a perfectly warm, sunny, summer day, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor celebrated the “5th Birthday” of our Universal Access Playground (UAP) in Gallup Park. In conjunction with The City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, the UAP was built in 2017 to commemorate the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor’s 100-year anniversary.

On Sunday, June 12, 2022, we invited our community to come out and celebrate the playground and Rotary’s good works. Over 450 free ice cream treats from Washtenaw Dairy were handed out to children and adults alike. In fact, when the “Free Ice Cream” signs first went up, moments later might have been the first time the playground was seen empty since it was built! It was wonderful seeing so many out enjoying Gallup Park and the playground. Special thanks to Boober Tours, who provided their fun pedicab service to and from the event for those who had to park in the overflow parking.

Though the draw for passersby of the event may have initially been the free treats, stickers, and cool Absopure water, many stayed to enjoy the incredible music, kindly provided by the talented Community High School Jazz Band and the Latin jazz ensemble Los Gatos. We also got to hear RCAA President Susan Froelich speak, as well as words from a representative of Citizens for Independent Living.

Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made this event a success, including:

  • RCAA Playground Event Committee:
    • Anne Glendon
    • Tom Millard
    • John White
    • Fanfan Zheng
    • Jessica Black (Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation)
    • All members of the Public Image Committee
  •  Volunteers:
    • Barbara Eichmuller
    • Rosemarie Rowney
    • Don Deatrick
    • Edwin Portugal
    • Dave Keren
    • Jeannine Buchanan
    • Bob Buchanan
    • Fred Beutler
    • Heidi Schneider and Elizabeth Miller (both local high school students!)
  •  Sponsors:
    • Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation
    • Washtenaw Dairy
    • Absopure
    • Boober Tours


Photography by Fred Beutler

    • Boober Tours provided pedicab rides to and from the event.
    President Susan gave remarks.

    Ice cream service!

    Los Gatos
    Community High School Jazz Band