September 23, 2011: The Kite FLY-A-THON will be held from 5-7 pm at U-M Ferry Field, 1150 S. State Street (just west of the intersection of State Street and Granger); approximately 2 blocks south of Yost Ice Arena. AATA busses (36 & 6A/6B) travel south on State Street from the Michigan Union to the Ferry Field area. These buses run every 12-15 minutes (see http://www.theride.org/) and northbound busses will be available from the Ferry Field area back to the U-M campus following the event. Public parking is limited near Ferry Field, but parking areas clear as U-M employees leave after 5:00. The closest metered parking area available to visitors is near the Facilities Services Building B, west of Ferry Field and north of Crisler Arena. For a map of visitor/metered parking in the South Campus area please go to http://www.umich.edu/~info/mapsAndDirections.html.
September 25, 2011: The Kite FESTIVAL will be held from 1-5 pm at U-M Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights. To view a map of Nichols Arboretum please visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/files/ArbGuide.pdf
U-M parking lot M-28 on Washington Heights Street provides free parking on the weekends, as does parking lot M-29 accessible from E. Medical Center Drive (near the helicopter landing pad). Craft tables and demonstrations will be set up by the Peony Garden at the west entrance to the Arboretum, located on Washington Heights. The pathway down to the center of the park from this entrance is steep. Individuals who prefer a smoother trail to the kite flying area in the Valley can enter the Arboretum via the entrance on Geddes Avenue.
A limited number of public parking meters can be found along Observatory Street. Metered parking is also available in the Palmer Drive structure off of Washtenaw Avenue and in lot E3 located behind the Ruthven Museum (entrance on N. University). A large parking structure providing public parking space is located at 650 South Forest Avenue. Parking is available at $1.10/hour. From the parking structure walk two blocks north to N. University to the Central Campus Transit Center and take the North Campus Commuter bus (free of charge) to the first stop on Observatory.
AATA busses (2 & 4) and U-M’s North Campus Commuter bus travel near to Nichols Arboretum. The closest bus stop via any of these buses is on Observatory Drive. Walk one block north to the corner of Washington Heights and turn right, or from the corner of Observatory and Geddes walk approximately 4 blocks east along Geddes Avenue to the Nichols Arboretum entrance gate, just past Geddes Heights. For AATA routes, schedules, and rates please visit http://www.theride.org/. The U-M North Campus Commuter bus departs every 15 minutes from the Central Campus Transit Center (near the C.C. Little building). The first bus departs at 12 pm and the last at 12 am. The southbound route for the same bus can be used to return to central campus from the bus stop on the west side of Observatory. To view a map and schedule for the North Campus Commuter please visit http://www.umich.edu/~info/mapsAndDirections.html.