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Veterans Ice Arena and Pool

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Veterans Memorial Park Pool & Ice Arena​
2150 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 481​03 (directions)
Phone: 734.794.6235
Bill Meeks, Recreation Supervisor
9:00 a.m. - Midnight; 7 days a week
Public Skating times listed below.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​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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Outdoor Pool 

The Veterans Memorial Park Pool will open May 2nd and features a fan-shaped, zero-depth area with a “raindrop,” interactive water play apparatus, a wheelchair access ramp and a 125-foot waterslide. Minimum height requirement for use of the slide is 42 inches. We offer lounge chairs, picnic area,
tennis courts and a shaded deck area.

Daily Admission and Punch Pass

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

Public Swimming May 23 to June 14:
Monday through Friday, 3:30-7 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, noon-7 p.m.

Public Swimming June 15 to Aug. 31:
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 through Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

Summer Season Pass Pricing

Summer season passes are valid from May 23 - Sept. 7, 2015.  Season passes can be used at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial Park pools for all public swim times and tot splashes.  Passes may be purchsed at all of the pools, the Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center, or renewed online at

Preseason Rate Resident Discount
Purchase a pass before May 26
Youth/Senior              Adult                        Family*
$95                            $125                         $240

Preseason Rate Nonresident
Purchase a pass before May 26
Youth/Senior             Adult                        Family*
$120                         $160                         $300

Regular Rate Resident Discount
Purchase a pass May 26 and after
Youth/Senior             Adult                       Family*
$110                         $140                        $265

Regular Rate Nonresident
Purchase a pass May 26 and after
Youth/Senior            Adult                       Family*
$135                        $175                        $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.

​Veterans Memorial Park Dolphins Swim Team

Be a part of Ann Arbor’s fastest growing swim team - the Dolphins. Join us for a registration session on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans
Memorial Park Outdoor Pool. 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 areawide 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. We offer five practice groups offered between 7 a.m. and noon which begin the week of June 15 and end the first week of August. Pre-season practices are available Monday through Thursday 7:15-8:30 p.m. from May 26-June 11. Registration begins May 26 and the per child fee is $125, resident/$150, nonresident, contingent upon City Council approval.

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.  Tadpoles For babies 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.

Guppies Helps toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years old become comfortable in the water with the assistance of a parent or adult, so they are ready to learn to swim. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.

Minnows 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.

Dolphins 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.

Mako Sharks 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.

Hammerhead Sharks Intermediate stroke development for those who can swim front and back crawl for 10 yards, demonstrate elementary
backstroke and enter deep water comfortably. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.

Tiger Sharks Full stroke development for those who can swim front crawl for 15 yards with rotary breathing, swim backstroke for 15 yards and tread water for at least 30 seconds. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.

Otters 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.

Orcas Stroke refinement for those who have coordinated front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary back stroke.
45-minute class. $55, resident/$70, nonresident.

Register HERE online.


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.​



Ice Arena

Veterans Memorial Indoor Ice Arena skating season runs from Sept. 15, 2014 to May 3, 2015.​​​ The newly renovated Veterans Memorial Park Indoor Ice Arena is one of Ann Arbor's most popular recreational facilities. The complex includes a regulation size rink of 85' x 200' with spectator seating for 800. A complete snack bar service 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. Four hockey locker rooms are provided.

​General Skate​​:

  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 1:20 – 2:45 p.m.

  • Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Saturday: 1 – 2:30 p.m.;  6-9 p.m. on 3/28

  • 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.

​Open Skating Rates​:

  • Adult: $5 residents; $6 nonresidents

  • Youth (17 & under): $4 residents; $5 nonresidents

  • Senior (60+): $4 residents; $5 nonresidents

  • Skate rental: $3

  • Skate learners are free.

 Discount Passes (Valid at Buhr and Veteran​s Parks):

  • Youth/Senior Resident: $30 for 10 visits; $85 for 30 visits

  • Youth/Senior Nonresident: $40 for 10 visits; $112 for 30 visits

  • Adult Resident: $40 for 10 visits; $112 for 30 visits

  • Adult Nonresident: $50 for 10 visits; $142 for 30 visits

Rent the Ice Arena

We offer rental opportunities for parties or special events if you’d like to have the arena all to yourself. ​

Hourly Facility Rental 

  • Primetime rental – Resident, $205; Nonresident, $260.
    Primetime is 4:15 p.m. – midnight, Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – midnight on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. 

  • Non-primetime rental – Resident: $185; Nonresident, $230.

One-time Rentals for Special Events 

  • Primetime rental – Resident: $225; Nonresident, $280.
    Primetime is 4 p.m. – midnight, Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – midnight on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. 

  • Non-primetime rental – Resident: $200; Nonresident, $250.

Birthday Parties​

​We offer a great birthday package that allows your group to use our party room and skate during our weekend Public Skating sessions; Saturday and Sundays, 1-2:30 p.m.  The package includes:

  • Use of a party room with tables, chairs, and tablecloth supplied (12:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Balloons to decorate the party room with
  • Admission to general skate
  • Skate Rental 

Party Package Cost:

  • $45 for room rental PLUS
  • Group of less than 10: $7 per person
  • Group of 10-20: $6 per person

Skate Sharpening

The custom radius system is available for hockey and figure skates. Immediate service, $6; overnight, $5.


Instructional Skating/Hockey Program 

The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services Instructional Skating/Hockey Program is an official participant of the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Test Program. This is a series of nationally administered badge tests used to measure skating skills. These tests provide a noncompetitive way of measuring skating skills and a feeling of self-achievement.

All students in our k​inderskate, 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.

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).

*All participants must register with the USFSA. A one-time fee of $12 (purchase HERE) is valid from September through August. The fee must be include​d with your registration and can be paid for at the time of registration. To sign up for our skating or beginner hockey lessons, visit our convenient online registration system.

Instructional Skating/Hockey Levels


  • Kinderskate Ages 3 1/2 to 6. No double runners. Helmets are required.

  • Beginner ​​​​Ages 5 to 9. Helmets are required. No experience necessary.

  • Beginner & Intermediate Ages 6 (or first grade) to 15. Helmets are required. No experience necessary, or may possess U.S. Figure Skating Basic Badges 1 or 2.

  • Beginning Hockey Skills Ages 6 to 12. Previous experience recommended or Basic 1 Badge. No equipment necessary. Sticks and pucks will not be used. Helmets are required. Class will focus on skating skills appropriate for hockey play.

  • Advanced Age 6 to 16. Minimum of U.S. Figure Skating Basic 3 Badge.

  • Adult Ages 16 and older. All levels of ability​

​Session Information​

SESSION #4 — March 23 to May 3 (6 classes). $55 resident/$67 nonresident. To sign up for this session, use our online system.
 Purchase required $12 USFSA Membership HERE​


  • Mondays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm 

  • Thursdays, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and 1:10 – 2:10 p.m.

  • Saturdays, 9 – 10 a.m.


  • Mondays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.

Beginner & Intermediate: 

  • Fridays, 5 – 5:45 p.m.

  • Saturdays, 10:15 – 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – noon

Beginning Hockey Skills:

  • Saturdays, 11:15 a.m. – noon


  • Fridays, 6 – 6:45 p.m.

  • Saturdays, 12:15 – ​1 p.m. 


  • Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.

  • Fridays, 7 – 7:45 p.m.

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Veterans Memorial Hockey Leagues

Adult A, B, C, & D Hockey Leagues

Play is governed by NHL/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-October through late-April. The team fee is $5,870. To register or for more information, call 734.794.6235 or email John McGovern​. Every player must register with USA Hockey insurance.

Fall/Winter “Never Ever” Hockey

Recreational hockey for adult players who have not played in organized leagues and for players 30 or older. No checking is allowed. Fee per player is $297, and includes a complimentary jersey. Goalies are free. League runs October to late February (20 games). Individual registration only. Every player must register with USA Hockey insurance. To sign up for this session use our online system.

Spring “Never Ever” Hockey

Recreational hockey for adults who have not played in organized leagues and for players 30 or older. No checking is allowed. Individual sign up begins mid-January. Teams start play early March through end of April. Fees are $218 per player ($198 for returning player). ​Goalies are free. Every ​player must register with USA Hockey insurance.   To sign up for this session use our online system.

Women Only MACRHL League

Friday evenings, September to May. This league is meant for fun/exercise in a competitive setting. Beginners are welcome. For more details, go to

Past Masters

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. 16 to April 28 from 10 – 11 a.m. and Thursdays, Sept. 19 to May 1 from 2:10 – 3:10 p.m. Fees: $10 per visit or $273 season. Goalies free.

Dexter Dreadnaught & Pioneer Women’s Hockey Games

Call 734.794.6235 after Sept. 19 for the game schedule. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Wednesday and Saturday games. 

​​​​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. ​