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Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena and Pool

Park Features
Boat Launch Canoe/Kayak Rental Canoeing/Kayaking Community Garden Drinking Fountain Fishing Fishing Dock 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

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. ​

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Outdoor Pool

​Buhr Park Outdoor Swimming Pool is open for the 2015 season. We currently offer public swimming from 3:30- 7 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 7 p.m. on weekends. Programs such as Tot Spalsh and Adult Lap Swim will e offered startign June 15. When you visit - ask our staff about buying a pool pass for the season. Buhr Park Pool features a six-lane, 25-yard pool with a deep well and a separate zero depth entry children’s wading pool with interactive play toys. There are 39 acres of rolling hills, picnic areas with grills, a children’s play area, softball diamonds, soccer fields and outdoor tennis courts at our park. There are always two lanes dedicated to lap swimmers only.​

Daily Admission
3 and under free with a paid adult; youth ages 4 to 17, $4; adult ages 18+, $5, and senior ages 55+,$4

Public Swimming June 13 to Sept. 7
Public swimming is available Monday-Friday from 1-8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from noon-8 p.m.
Tot Splash is available for children age 7 and under from 10 a.m-1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Adult Lap Swim is available from noon-1 p.m. on weekdays.
Adult and Family Swim is available from 5-6:30 p.m. on weekdays.  During this time, everyone who is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.
Dog Swim 2015
.A special event for dogs after the pool closes this fall! Join us Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Thursday, Sept. 10, 3 to 8 p.m. One dog, $6 resident/$7.50 non-resident. Second dog, $3 resident/$3.75 nonresident. Buhr Park Pool, 2751 Packard Road | Call to register: 734.794.6234

Half Off 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

Resident Discount
Purchase a pass July 20 and after
Youth/Senior             Adult                       Family*
$55                           $70                         $132.50

Purchase a pass July 20  and after
Youth/Senior            Adult                       Family*
$67.50                      $87.50                    $162.50

* 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 Swim Hours (Starting June 15)
Adult Lap Swim, noon-1 p.m. | Public Swim, 1-8 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.

Swim Lessons
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 6 to Aug. 8 on Saturdays from noon-1 p.m., and Monday through Thursday, June 15 to July 30 from noon-1 p.m. 

Group Swim lessons
Classes start for ages 6 months and up and we offer a variety of experience levels, see below for level descriptions.
Group swim lessons below, for Tadpole, Minnow, Dolphin and Shark classes are 30 minutes in length. Cost is $45, resident; $55, nonresident. Otter and Orca classes are 45-minute classes in length and are $55, resident; $70, nonresident.

Session 4: Saturdays, Aug. 1, 8, Aug. 15.
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.​

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.

Dolphins: Fundamental aquatic skills for those who can fully submerge head, float independently, blow bubbles and feel comfortable in the water.​

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.

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.

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. 

Orcas: Stroke refinement for those who have coordinated front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary back stroke. ​​

Saturday Summer Splash Days
Join us for afternoons of special games, contests and prizes Saturdays 2-4 p.m. Aug. 8. Our famous Jell-o pool and Slip and Slide will be featured on Aug. 8 along with a piñata and a watermelon-eating contest. Activities and prizes included in the cost of general admission. there!

Buhr Park 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. The fee is $125, resident; $150, nonresident, contingent upon City Council approval. For information please call all 734.794.6234.​

hr 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.