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Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena and Pool

Park Features
Community Garden Drinking Fountain Grills Ice Rink Natural Area Nature Trails - Unpaved Parking Paved Multi-Use Trail (Non-Motorized) Picnic Tables Play Area Restrooms Soccer Softball/Baseball Swimming Pool Tennis

Buhr Park Ice Arena is now closed for the season.  Thank you to all of you who visited us this winter, and we hope to see you again next fall.

Buhr Outdoor Pool is scheduled to open on May 27th, 2017.

​​Buhr Park

2751 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (directions)

Jason Nealis, Recreation Supervisor

Outdoor Pool    Swim Lessons     Splash Days   Swim Team    Rent the Pool    Day Camp

Buhr Park is a 39-acre park serving the south central part of Ann Arbor. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round and features softball diamonds, two tennis courts, play equipment, a basketball court, open field play, a sledding hill, picnic facilities with a grill, an outdoor pool with a family activity pool (open in the spring/summer) and an open-air ice arena (open in the fall/winter). Summer day camp is one of the popular programs offered at Buhr Park. To sign up for programs, please use the online registratio​n system​. Buhr ​Park is adjacent to Cobblestone Farm, a historic barn that serves as a venue for weddings and other rental opportunities, as well as the home of the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center. ​

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is open Nov. 5, 2016 to March 19, 2017.. The rink has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 50 degrees outside! Activities include public ice skating, drop-in hockey and rental hours.

Outdoor Ice Arena

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is now closed for the 2016-2017 season.  Thank you to all of those who visited us this winter, and we hope to see you again next fall.  We plan to reopen in November of 2017.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is open Nov. 5, 2016-March 19, 2017. The rink has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 50 degrees outside. Activities include public ice skating, drop-in hockey and rental hours.

The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey. Skate rentals are available. Skate sharpening available.  Immediate service, $6; overnight, $5.
Resident Discount                 Admission Fee
Adult $5 $6
Youth (17 & under) $4 $5
Senior (60+) $4 $5
Skate rental $3 $3
*Skate learners are free

Discount passes at Buhr Ice Arena (valid at Buhr & Veterans ice arenas)
                10 visits            30 visits
Youth/Senior resident $30                  $85
Youth/Senior nonresident $40                  $112
Adult resident         $40                  $112
Adult nonresident         $50                  $142

Public skating schedule

Our public skating season runs from Nov. 5, 2016 to March 19, 2017, on the following days: Sunday, 3:15-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (half price and broom ball); Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 p.m. (half price and broom ball) and 7:15-8:45 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 7:15-8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7:15-8:45 p.m. Skate sharpening available, immediate service, $6; overnight,$5.​

Holiday Skating Schedule

From December 23rd through January 6, we will offer an additional weekday only public skating time from noon until 2:00pm

CLOSED December 25th

Drop-in Hockey and Sticks & Pucks
Adult residents: $6; adult; nonresidents: $7. Youth/senior residents, $5; youth/senior, nonresidents: $6.
• Monday: 7:45-8:45 p.m. (drop in women only)
• Tuesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (sticks & pucks all ages); 9-10 p.m. (drop in men only)
• Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (drop in all ages)
• Thursday: 9-10 p.m. (drop in all ages)
• Friday: 4-5:15 p.m. (sticks & pucks all ages)
• Saturday: 1:15-2:15 p.m. (drop in all ages) 
*Hockey Pass Card (Valid at Buhr Park Ice Arena only, not for general skate). Adult (10 admissions) Resident: $50/nonresidents: $60. Youth (10 admissions) Resident: $40/nonresidents: $50. *With purchase of pass the 11th visit is free. Passes are good for sticks and pucks and drop-in hockey. ​

Rent the ic
e arena
Hourly. This is great for hockey teams. Prime-time rental, resident: $165/nonresidents: $220. Non-prime time rental, resident: $120/nonresidents: $150. Saturdays, Sundays and after 3 p.m. Monday to Friday are considered prime time days. Ann Arbor Public School breaks, after noon, are considered prime time.  One-time Rentals. Great for birthday parties/group functions. Prime-time rental, resident: $180/nonresidents: $220. Non-prime-time rental, resident: $145/nonresidents: $180.​

Extended Season Policy

Weather permitting, the Buhr Park Ice Rink season may be extended for a maximum of two weeks.  Buhr Park management will determine if the weather will enable the ice arena to continue operating at an efficient level after the scheduled March 19 closing date.  If the predicted high temperature (per will be consistently below 45 degrees, Buhr Park will continue limited public skating and drop-in hockey times for up to one week.  The procedure will be followed again for the following week to determine if the ice arena will be open for up to a second additional week.  

Day Camp

2751 Packard Road | 734.794.6234 |

From animals and world travel to Hogwarts and Disney, an adventure awaits each week for children ages 5-12. Our certified staff will lead a day filled with themed activities and swimming in Buhr Park Outdoor Pool. Campers will enjoy traditional camp games, sports, and crafts that are tailored to fit each week’s individual theme. Campers will also enjoy swimming outside as well as learn about the animals and lifestyles of early settlers by visiting Cobblestone Farm. Our staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Please enjoy a $20 per week discount if you register by April 30.

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Camp Fee: $190 resident per week; $230 nonresident per week. Week of July 4, $130 residents; $165 nonresident
Extended Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
Extended Hours Fee: $50 

June 19-23          Under the Sea Week
June 26-30          Hollywood Week
July 3-7                Around the World Week
July 10-14           Lego Week
July 17-21           Hogwarts Week
July 24-28           Olympic Week
July 31-Aug 4      Disney Pixar Week
Aug 7-11             Mad Science Week
Aug 14-18           Star Wars Week
Aug 21-25           Dinosaur Week
Aug28-Sept 1      Hodge Podge Week

To register: Rec 1 Registration System

Outdoor Pool

Buhr Park Pool opens May 27th and features a fan-shaped, zero-depth area with interactive water play features and a 25yard lap pool with a 12 foot diving well.  We offer lounge chairs, picnic area, tennis courts and a shaded deck area.

Admission fees

3 and under                         FREE with a paid adult
Youth ages 4 to 17              $4
Adult ages 18+                    $5
Senior ages 55+                  $4
Buy a 10-visit punch pass   $40

Summer Season Pass Pricing

Summer season passes are valid from May 27 - Sept. 4, 2017. Season passes can be used at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial park pools for all public swim times and tot splashes. Passes may be purchased at all of the pools, the Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center (Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Road), or online at

Preseason pass (purchased before May 30) Resident/Nonresident Rate
Youth or Senior                     Adult                              Family*
$95 / $120                       $125 / $160                    $240 / $300

Regular Pass (purchased on or after May 31) Resident Discount/Nonresident Rate
Youth or Senior                     Adult                              Family*
$110 / $135                     $140 / $175                   $265 / $325

*The rate is for up to five family members (two adults and three children all living in the same household). Each additional child is $5.

Public Swimming

May 27 - June 18:
Monday-Friday, 3:30-7 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, noon-7 p.m.

June 19 - Sept. 4:
Adult Lap Swimming, Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m.

Public Swimming, Monday-Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays/holidays, noon-8 p.m.

Tot Splash, (for children 7 years of age and younger when accompanied by an adult) Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Family Swim, (for adults over the age of 18, and children supervised by someone 18 years or older) Monday through Friday from 5-6:30pm.

Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons - Register HERE

Group lessons are offered for children from the age of 6 months up.  Class size is limited. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior
instructor approval is granted. Registration will be accepted for any instructional swim class at any of the city pools during any public swim
time, by phone or online at

Session 1, Monday through Thursday: June 19-June 29
Session 2, Monday and Wednesday: July 3-26
Session 3, Tuesday and Thursday: July 4-27
Session 4, Monday through Thursday: July 31- Aug 10

Helps ages 6 months to 18 months to become comfortable in the water and learn skills with the help of a parent or adult. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.
All Sessions: 10:10am, and 11:30am

Intro to water skills for tykes who are just starting off. Swimmers will be in the water with only an instructor and need to be at least 4 years old to participate in this class. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident. 
All Sessions: 8:50am, 9:30am, 10:50am, and 11:30am

Fundamental aquatic skills for those who can fully submerge head, float independently, blow bubbles and feel comfortable in the water. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.
All Sessions: 8:50am, 9:30am, 10:10am, and 10:50am

Beginning stroke development for those who can push off the side, flutter kick on back/front with arm actions and float on their front and back comfortably. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.
All Sessions: 8:50am, 9:30am, 10:10am, 10:50am, and 11:30am

Stroke improvement for those who can swim front and back crawl for 20 yards, demonstrate butterfly and breaststroke and tread water for 60 seconds. 45-minute class. $55 resident/$70 nonresident. 
All Sessions: 10:00am, and 11:00am

Stroke refinement for those who have coordinated front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary back stroke. 45-minute class. $55, resident/$70, nonresident. 
All Sessions: 9:00am

Private Swim Lessons
Individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult, are private lessons, 30-minutes long, and customized to meet the needs of the swimmer. Private lessons are for one participant only. Fee: Half hour $15 resident; $18 nonresident. They are offered Monday-Thursday from noon-1 p.m., June 20-Aug. 10. Call 734.794.6234 to register and for additional information.

Swim Team

Be a part of the Buhr Park Sharks Swim Team.  Join us for an informational session on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at
Buhr Park's Lobby. Our swim team provides an introduction to team competitive swimming, basic skill development and a strengthening program for more advanced swimmers. We provide an opportunity to compete in up to six swim meets and an area-wide conference meet through the Washtenaw Interclub Swimming Conference. This team is open to anyone ages 5 to 17 years old who can swim at least one length of the pool (front crawl). Swimmers with special needs are encouraged to join. Practices are Monday through Friday mornings. Meets are held Saturday mornings. The swim team program begins the week of June 12th, and runs through July 27th.
Registration begins Feb. 1, and the per-child fee is $125, resident/$150, nonresident. $10 discount for multi-child registrations.

Splash Days

Mark your calendar for two fun filled Saturdays: Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, August 5, 2-4 pm. Our friends and volunteers at GIVE 365 will be at the pool to lead a variety of fun activities and pool games. Join us and see what it’s all about! Pool admission rates apply, but the added fun is free

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