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Veterans Ice Arena and Pool

Park Features
Drinking Fountain Grills Ice Rink Parking Paved Multi-Use Trail (Non-Motorized) Picnic Shelters Picnic Tables Play Area Restrooms Skate Park Skating Softball/Baseball Swimming Pool Tennis
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Veterans Memorial
Park Pool & Ice Arena​

2150 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 481​03 (directions)
Phone: 734.794.6235
Bill Meeks, Recreation Supervisor

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Veterans Memorial Sports Complex features ​​​the Veterans Memorial Park Outdoor Pool, the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena, lit baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a new meeting room, and a park shelter available to rent. To register online for a program or lessons, please visit our registration system.

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Ice Arena


Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena skating season runs from Sept. 12-April 30, 2017. The complex includes a regulation-size rink of 85 feet by 200 feet with spectator seating for 800. A concession stand and vending are available in the main lobby, along with coin-operated lockers and storage units. A standard line of hockey and skating accessories are available in the pro shop and we have four hockey locker rooms.

Public Skating

General Skate
Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:20-2:45 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday: 1-2:30 p.m.

Adult Skate
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday: 11:10 a.m.-1:10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Patch/Freestyle Skate
Friday: 10-10:50 a.m.

                      Resident Fee     Nonresident Fee
Adult                      $5                       $6
Youth/Senior          $4                       $5
Skate rental           $3                       $3

Discount Passes (valid at Buhr & Veterans ice arenas)
                            10 Visits   30 Visits
Youth/Senior           $30          $85
Nonresident            $40          $112
Adult resident         $40          $112
Nonresident            $50          $142

Instructional Skating Program

Our Instructional Skating Program is an official participant of the Learn to Skate USA Program sponsored by the US Figure Skating Association. This is a series of nationally administered badge tests used to measure skating skills. The tests provide a noncompetitive way of measuring skating skills and a feeling of self-achievement. All students in our kinderskate, beginner, intermediate and advanced classes will be tested on the badge skills and awarded badges when the skills have been successfully completed. Badge testing for adults is optional. All participants will have several chances to demonstrate
each skill that must be mastered before moving to the next level.

 *All participants must register with USFSA. A one-time fee of $12 is valid from September through August. The fee must be included with your
registration, and can be paid for at the time of registration.

Skates, Apparel, Helmets
Figure skates are recommended for beginners, however a good pair of hockey skates is acceptable. Skates and helmets are available for use during class at no additional charge. Layering and gloves are recommended. Helmets are required for all beginner/intermediate students (for your safety, no exceptions please). Register early.

Refund Information
No refunds will be given for withdrawing unless requested one week prior to the class beginning, or accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Instructional Skating Levels

Ages 3 1/2-6. No double runners. Helmets are required.

Ages 5-9. Helmets are required. No experience necessary.

Ages 6 (or first grade)-15. Helmets are required. No experience necessary, or may possess Basic Badges 1 or 2.

Age 6-16. Minimum of Basic 3 Badge.

Ages 16 and older. All levels of ability.

This class is for ages 6-12. Previous experience recommended or Basic 1. No equipment necessary. Sticks and pucks will not be used. Helmets are required. Class will focus on skating skills appropriate for hockey play.


Jan. 23-March 17 (8 classes). $72 resident/$90 nonresident.

KINDERSKATE: Ages 3 1/2-6
Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. and 1:10 to 2:10 p.m.
Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

BEGINNER: Ages 5-9
Mondays, 5-5:45 p.m.

BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE: Ages 6 (or first grade)-15
Fridays, 5-5:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:15-11 a.m.and 11:15 a.m.-noon.

BEGINNING HOCKEY SKATING SKILLS: Ages 6 (or first grade)-12
Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-noon.

ADVANCED: Ages 6-15
Fridays, 6-6:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 12:15-1 p.m.

ADULT: Ages 16 and older
Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
Fridays, 7-7:45 p.m.


March 20-April 29 (6 classes). $55 resident/$67 nonresident.

KINDERSKATE: Ages 3 1/2-6
Thursdays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. and 1:10-2:10 p.m.
Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

BEGINNER: Ages 5-9
Mondays, 5-5:45 p.m.

Ages 6 (or first grade)-15
Fridays, 5-5:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 10:15-11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-noon.

Ages 6 (or first grade)-12
Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-noon.

ADVANCED: Ages 6-15
Fridays, 6-6:45 p.m.
Saturdays, 12:15-1 p.m.

ADULT: Ages 16 and older
Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
Fridays, 7-7:45 p.m.

*Open skate for Session 4 instructional skate students. Mondays, 5:45-6:45 p.m.
Adults, $5, Youth/Seniors, $4.

Adult A, B, C, & D Hockey Leagues

Play is governed by USA Hockey/MAHA regulations. Games are played at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena and Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena.
No body checking is allowed. The season runs from mid September through late April. The team fee is $5,998. Call 734.794.6235 or email John McGovern to register. Every player must register with USA HOCKEY insurance.

“Never Ever” Hockey

This is recreational hockey for adult players who have not played in organized leagues and for players 18 or older, male or female. Trades will be made through the season to keep teams fair. No checking is allowed with emphasis on fun. Fee per player is $217, and includes a complimentary jersey. Returning players with a jersey are $197 and goalies are free. Every player must register with USA HOCKEY
insurance. Fifteen game seasons playing Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons/evenings.

Winter II Season: Jan. 14-March 7.
Spring Season: March 11-April 29.


Ann Arbor Women's Hockey League

This is beginniner to intermediate hockey for women 21 years and older looking for a fun, competitive game.  Trades will be made through the season to keep teams fair.  Fee per player is $217, and includes a complimentary jersey.  Goalies are free.  Every player must register with USA Hockey insurance,  Fifteen-game seasons playing Thursday evenings.

Winter Season:  Jan. 19 - April 27

Past Masters Drop-In

For age 55+ or goalies of any age, at Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena. Informal play on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons. No body
checking is allowed. First 24 players and two goalies per session may attend. Mondays, Sept. 12-April 28, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 17-April
28, 2:10-3:10 p.m. Fees: $10 per visit or $273 season. Goalies free.

We are proud to host the Dexter Dreadnaught, Pioneer and Huron-Skyline women’s hockey games.
Call 734.794.6235 after Oct. 1 for the 
game schedules.

Special skating events

Marathon Skates
Saturdays, Dec. 24 and 31, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. General admission. Come and go as you wish for just one price. All ages welcome!


No School Days/Vacations

During days where Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed, our regularly scheduled Adult Skate times become all ages, General Skates.  Check times above for daily schedules.

Holiday Vacation Skating - *Subject to change
Public skating offered during the Ann Arbor Public School holidays:

Jan. 16, 11:10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.          
April 3, 11:10 a.m. - 1 p.m.         April 4, 11 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.      
April 5, 11:10 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.     April 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.          
April 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Rent the Ice Arena

We offer rental opportunities for special events if you’d like to have the arena all to yourself. Regularly scheduled (monthly) hourly
facility rental: Primetime rental resident: $205; nonresident, $260. Primetime is: 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Non-prime-time rental resident: $185; nonresidents: $230. One-time facility rentals for parties/special events: Primetime rental resident: $225/nonresident, $280.  Primetime is: 4 p.m.-midnight. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-midnight on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Non-primetime rental resident: $200/nonresident, $250.

Meeting Room

Looking for a place to host a birthday party, meeting or event? Check out the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room!​ Features include seating for up to 40 people, 65" television, DVD player, sound system, dry erase board, connections for a laptop, wireless internet, and more!  Rental fees are $40/hour for Ann Arbor residents and $50/hour for nonresidents. Call 734.794.6235​ for more information or to reserve the room. You can also click ​here​ to find additional room rental information online.​




​​​​Ann Arbor Skatepark at Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services, Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and​ Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office broke ground in 2013 on a 30,000-square-foot, world class facility that is free for the public to use and now open at Veterans Memorial Park (2150 Jackson Road). Skateboarders will enjoy features such as kidney pools from 5 to 9.5 feet deep, a snake run, clover and flow bowls and a rock ride. ​