Don Botsford is the former owner of Ann Arbor Gymkana, a gymnasium that was on Maple Road where Top of the Lamp is now.

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When Don Botsford closed his Ann Arbor Gymkana in 1986, he put his spaceball court into storage, quietly ending an obscure and glorious chapter in Ann Arbor’s sports history.

Many people have visited “Grandpa Don’s” property over the years, including hundreds of school-aged children. It’s a hidden gem just outside the City of Ann Arbor, near the intersection of M-14 and Miller Rd. Don had operated the Ann Arbor Gymkhana, which produced several national champions on trampoline and offered other opportunities for physical conditioning and camaraderie. In 1975 Don purchased his 20 acres of woods with the dream of establishing a recreational facility that would provide patrons indoor and outdoor exercise experiences. He always wanted to ensure the land was protected, and that desire has finally been accomplished.

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