Facilities Special Events Programs Swimming Day Camps
Buhr Park is a 39-acre park serving the south central part of Ann Arbor. The park is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round and features softball diamonds, two tennis courts, play equipment, a basketball court, open field play, sledding hill, picnic facilities with a grill, an outdoor pool with a family activity pool and an open-air ice arena. Buhr is adjacent to Cobblestone Farms, 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. To sign up use our online registration system.
Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena
The open-air arena has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 50 degrees outside. Activities at Buhr Park Ice Arena include public ice skating, broomball, sticks and pucks, drop-in hockey and rental hours. The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey. Skate rentals available. This facility meets ADA requirements.
Public Skating Schedule:
Public skating season runs from Nov. 9 to March 30, 2014, on the following days: Sunday, 3:15 to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. (half price and broom ball); Wednesday, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. (half price and broom ball) and 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 to 8:45 p.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 at Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena (valid at Buhr and Veterans parks arenas)
- 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
Skate sharpening is available: Immediate service is $6; overnight is $5.
Hourly Facility Rental
This is great for hockey teams. Prime-time rental, resident: $165, nonresident: $220. Non prime-time rental, resident: $120, nonresident: $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.
Great for birthday parties/group functions. Prime-time rental, resident: $180, nonresident: $220. Non prime-time rental, resident: $145, nonresident: $180.
The Cobblestone Farm house, completed in 1845, was originally a two-family home. Benajah Ticknor, a U.S. Naval surgeon, and Heman Ticknor, whig politician and farmer, shared occupancy of this classic revival structure with their families. Being restored and interpreted to reflect its mid-nineteenth century appearance, the site provides a view of past rural life in Washtenaw County. Today the site is administered through Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services with support from the Cobblestone Farm Association.
The Cobblestone Farm Barn may be rented by any group looking for a unique space for their event. We can accommodate up to 220 seated guests. Our facility does not provide catering, beverage service or decorations. This allows each group to create their own distinct and special event. Rental of the barn includes one event per day, table and chair set-up indoors, staff person on site, use of outdoor lawn space for ceremonies or activities, available bridal changing room, WiFi, a flat-screen TV and DVD for memory videos and photo slideshows. Our barn is fully heated and cooled as well as handicap accessible. Enjoy the ambiance of the past of with the convenience of the present. Call 734.794.6230 for information or a tour.
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center
The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center is located at 2781 Packard Road, inside Cobblestone Farm and adjacent to Buhr Park. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. If you have questions related to any park facility please call 734.794.6230 or send us an email
Dog Swim 2014
Special arrangements will be made after Buhr Park Pool closes for the season to allow your best 4-footed friend to enjoy a romp in the pool. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited for your dogs half hour swim time. Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. Fee (one dog) $7.50/$6 resident discount - second dog ($3.75/3 resident discount). Rain dates: Sept. 5 and Sept.6, 2014.
Saturday Summer Splash Days
Join us for an afternoon of special games, contests and prizes. Saturdays 2 to 4 p.m. Our famous Jell-o pool and Slip and Slide will be featured on Aug. 10 along with a piñata and watermelon eating contest. All activities and prizes are included in the cost of admission. We hope to see you there!
Funky Frosty Fridays
The first Friday of each month during general skate from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Skate to themed music/dress up to win prizes for best costume!
- Feb. 7: Hoedown Skate: Bring your cowboy hats and skate to country-western originals.
- March 7: Rock the 80’s Skate: Rock the 80’s and skate to big hair bands and monster ballads.
School Break Skating
Additional public skating sessions will be held the following days: Jan. 20, 27, 28 from noon to 2 p.m.; Feb. 17 to 21 from noon to 2 p.m.; March 10 from noon to 2 p.m.
Drop-in Hockey and Sticks & Pucks
Adult residents: $6, adult; nonresident, $7. Youth/senior residents, $5; youth/senior, nonresident, $6.
- Monday: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (drop-in women only)
- Tuesday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (sticks & pucks all ages); 9 to 10 p.m. (drop-in men only)
- Wednesday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (drop-in all ages)
- Thursday: 9 to 10 p.m. (drop-in all ages)
- Friday: 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. (Ringette drop-in all ages)
- Saturday: 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. (drop-in all ages)
*Hockey Pass Card (Valid at Buhr Ice Arena only, not for general skate)
Adult (10 admissions) Resident: $50/nonresident $60. Youth (10 admissions) Resident: $40/nonresident, $50.
*With purchase of pass, the 11th visit is free. Passes are good for sticks & pucks and drop-in hockey.
ProgramsPrivate Swim Lessons
Are you interested in private swim lessons? Those are offered from June 1 to Aug. 24 on Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. and Monday through Thursday, June 17 to Aug. 22 from noon to 1 p.m. Call 734.794.6234 for additional information including times and fees. To sign up use our online registration system.
Buhr Park Sharks Competitive Swim Team
Looking for a fun way to get involved in competitive swimming? If your child likes to swim, have fun and is interested in meeting new people, then our swim team is for them. The Buhr Park Sharks is an inclusive team. We encourage families and swimmers with special needs to join our club. Our information and registration session is on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Buhr lobby. The fee is $100 resident/$125 nonresident. Call 734.794.6234.
Starting May 25 to Sept. 1, Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. Come and skate for a drop-in game in our fully covered arena. Full pads are required. All ages, men and women are welcome. Cost is $6 adult, residents; $7, adult, non-residents and $5 youth, residents; $6 youth, nonresidents. Goalies are free.
SwimmingBuhr Park Outdoor Pool
Go for a swim in our six-lane, 25-yard pool with a deep well and a separate 0”-depth entry children’s wading area with interactive play toys. Please note there are always two lanes dedicated to lap swimmers only. Daily pool admission: Three and under, free with a paid adult; youth (4-17), $4; adult (18-54), $5; and senior (55+), $4.
Public Swimming Schedule, June 15 to Sept. 2
Public Swimming is available Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. and weekends and holidays from noon to 8 p.m. We also offer:
- Adult Lap Swim, noon to 1 p.m.
- Public Swim, 1 to 8 p.m.
- Adult and Family Swim, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- Tot Splash, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from, noon to 1 p.m.
Daily Admission Swim Fees
- Adult (18+): $5
- Youth (4-17)/Senior (55+): $4
- Tot (3 & under): Free with paid adult
- 10-visit punch pass: $40
Summer season passes, on sale now, are valid from May 25 to Sept. 2, 2014. Season passes can be used at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial 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 they can be renewed online
- Pre-season Rate Resident Discount (purchase a pass before May 28)
- Youth/Senior: $95; Adult: $125; Family*: $240
- Pre-season Rate Nonresident (purchase a pass before May 28)
Youth/Senior: $120; Adult: $160; Family*: $300
- Regular Rate Resident Discount (purchase a pass May 28 and after)
Youth/Senior: $110; Adult: $140; Family*: $265
- Regular Rate Nonresident (purchase a pass May 28 and after)
Youth/Senior: $135; Adult: $175; Family*: $325
*Family rate is for two adults and up to three children residing in the same household.
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.
American Red Cross Swim Lessons Descriptions
Group and private swim lessons are available at all City of Ann Arbor swimming facilities. Group lessons are offered for children from the age of 6 months up through adult beginners. Class size is limited. You will be notified if a class is full and placed on a wait list. 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 or by mail. To sign up use our online registration system.
IPAP (Parent & Child)
Helps young children (6 months - 5 years) become comfortable in and around the water so they are ready to learn how to swim. 30 minutes
Introduction to Water Skills - for those little tykes who are just starting off in the water. Children are in the water without their parent or guardian. 30 minutes
Fundamental Aquatic Skills - for those who can fully submerge face, blow bubbles, and do assisted floats. 30 minutes
Stroke Development - for those who can fully submerge head, flutter kick on back and front with arm action, and float on own. 30 minutes
Stroke Improvement - for those who have coordinated front and back crawls with rotary breathing, butterfly kick and butterfly body motion. 45 minutes
Stroke Refinement - for those who have coordinated front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary back stroke. 45 minutes
Personal water safety/ lifeguard readiness/ fitness swimmer - a combination of the activities that you can do in the water after you have become a proficient swimmer. 45 minutes
13 and older beginner - intermediate. 30 minutes
Buhr Park Sharks Swim Team
Looking for a fun way to get involved in competitive swimming? If your child likes to swim, have fun and is interested in meeting new people, then our swim team is for them. The Buhr Park Sharks is an inclusive team. We encourage families and swimmers with special needs to join our club. Join us for our information and registration session: Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Buhr lobby. The fee is $125/$100 resident discount. Call 734.794.6234 for more information.
Day CampsBuhr Park Pool Day Camp 2014
We have something for everyone! Each week, we explore a theme with special games, activities, snacks and fun! Campers spend mornings playing sports, group games, making arts and crafts, and exploring Cobblestone Farm. Afternoons will offer plenty of time to cool off in the pool. On rainy days we have plenty of indoor activities and the opportunity to play sports and games in our covered arena. Campers enjoy supervised activities led by American Red Cross/CPR/First Aid certified staff selected for their experience working with children. The camp is licensed by the State of Michigan. Preregistration is required.
- Session 1: June 16 to 20, Adventureland Week
- Session 2: June 23 to 27, Hogwarts Week
- Session 3: June 30 to July 3, Sports Star Week
- Session 4: July 7 to 11, Pirate Week
- Session 5: July 14 to 18, Medieval Week
- Session 6: July 21 to 25, Hollywood Week
- Session 7: July 28 to Aug. 1, Detective Week
- Session 8: Aug. 4 to 8, Circus Week
- Session 9: Aug. 11 to 15, Superhero Week
- Session 10: Aug. 18 to 22, Disney Week
- Session 11: Aug. 25 to Aug. 29, Hodge Podge Week
Our base camp hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and our extended hours run from 7:30 a.m.to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Camp: $230/$190 resident discount
$210/$170 resident discount 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$60/$50 resident discount 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Refund fee for day camps: 46 days or more prior to the start of the day camp: 100% ($10 administration fee); within 30 to 45 days of start of the day camp: 50% ($10 administration fee); within 15 to 29 days of start of the day camp: 25% ($10 administration fee); within 14 days of start of the day camp: 0% ($0).
For more information call Buhr Park Facility Supervisor Jason Nealis at 734.794.6234.
How to Register
- Register online by clicking on the link to A2 Parks Online on the parks homepage (green computer mouse icon).
- Mail or drop-off your registration to Buhr Park Pool, 2751 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
- Register by phone at 734.794.6234. Payment with a credit card is required for this option.