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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 Shelters Picnic Tables Play Area Restrooms Skating Soccer Softball/Baseball Swimming Pool Tennis



​​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 Oct. 31, 2015 to April 3, 2016. 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.

Buhr Park Outdoor Swim Season 2016
Public Swimming June 18-Sept. 5
Public swimming is available Monday-Friday from 1-8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from noon-8 p.m. We also offer:
Adult Lap Swim, noon-1 p.m.; Adult and Family Swim, 5-6:30 p.m.
Tot Splash, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m. Note: There are always two lanes dedicated to lap swimmers only.

Admission Fee                
Adult $5
Youth (17 & under) $4
Senior (60+) $4
Children 3 & under Free​
Buy a 10-visit punch pass $40 (not valid for Masters Swim)

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 swimming participant. Private lessons are for one participant only. Fee: Half hour $15 resident; $18 nonresident. They are offered from June 4 to Aug. 6 on Monday through Thursday, June 15-July 30 from noon-1 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-1 p.m.

Group swim lessons
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.  734.794.6234

Buhr Park Sharks Competitive Swim Team
Looking for a fun way to get involved in competitive swimming? The Buhr Park Sharks is an inclusive team. We encourage families and swimmers with special needs to join our club. A registration session is on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Buhr Park Pool lobby. The fee is $125, resident; $150, nonresident. For information please call all 734.794.6234.

Buhr Park Pool Hourly Rental Rates
Looking for a fun, affordable location to have a birthday party or family get together? We offer rentals of the main pool, the wading pool or both pools combined. Prices range from $52/hour to $169/hour, based on pool choice and residency. To learn more, call 734.794.6234.

Summer Season Pass Pricing

Summer season passes are valid from May 30-Sept. 5, 2016. 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 renewed online at
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.​

Buhr Summer Day Camp

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.  Enjoy a $20 per week discount if you register by April 30. ​For more information visit the camp page​.

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 resident; $60 nonresident
June 20-24          Animal Kingdom Week
June 27-July 1     Around the World Week
July 5-8               Shark Week
July 11-15           Disney Pixar Week
July 18-22           Super Star Week
July 25-29           Hogwarts Week
Aug 1-5               Wilderness Survival Week
Aug 8-12             Olympic Week
Aug 15-19           Mad Science Week
Aug 22-26           Star Wars Week
Aug29-Sept 2      Hodge Podge Week

To register:

Outdoor Ice Arena

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.​

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 ice 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.  



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