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​​​Updated March 24, 2021

The City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Unit is committed to following proper safety and social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Michigan due to COVID-19. All programs are subject to change to ensure public safety.

To find the most up to date Michigan Department of Health and Human Safety orders, please visit the website

For current CDC recommendations for park use, please visit the website

Restrooms that are currently open in the Ann Arbor parks

  1. Allmendinger
  2. Burns
  3. Gallup Livery
  4. Island B
  5. Wheeler Park
  6. Southeast Area
  7. Compostable Restrooms at Gallup, Olson and Bandemer
  8. Argo and Hunt Park will open the first week of April

Golf courses open for the 2021 season
Leslie Park Golf Course is now open. Play 18 holes at LPGC. Carts are available and the clubhouse is open. Please call 734.794.6245 for a tee time.

Huron Hills Golf Course is open, but with limited play. Due to an ongoing construction project, you can play 11 holes with an alternate route than golfers may be used to. Call 734.794.6246 for a tee time.


Please remember masks are required in and around the clubhouses and we ask that you continue to remain 6 feet apart from others outside your household.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open every Saturday

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is currently open for onsite shopping on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. We have safety protocols in place to support physical distancing of at least 6 feet and masks are required. To provide customers with limited contact shopping, pre-order sales for curbside or walk-up pick up are also continuing for select vendors with pick-up hours of 8a.m.-noon on Saturdays. To preorder directly from vendors visit our vendor directory.  To pick up your curbside order , park in the indicated spots on Detroit Street, and call the market office when you arrive at 734.794.6255. Staff will bring your order to your car. For customers on foot, you may pick-up your curbside order at the market office window. 

All vendors accept cash, and customers can purchase $5 credit card tokens, as well as $1 SNAP/EBT/P-EBT tokens at the market office window. The Double Up Food Bucks $20 daily limit remains suspended for the duration of the pandemic.

While shopping and picking up pre orders, please follow any physical distancing and safety guidelines posted or communicated by market staff including wearing masks and staying six feet apart from others outside your household.

Open-air park rentals (updated 4/13/21)

As of April 13, 2021 ​Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is cancelling all rentals and not accepting new rentals for dates through May 5, 2021 to help stop the spread of COVID19.  Staff will be in touch with groups to issue refunds or reschedule to a later date.  

Park rental requests may be made for rentals dates May 6, 2021 and later,  by emailing event details to [email protected].  Include the park name, park shelter,  requested date, time and details about what you plan to do at the park.  

Our office is working remotely and will do their best to follow up with you within two business days.  You may also leave a detailed voicemail at 734.794.6230 x 0. 


Open-air park rentals begin March 29, 2021 (updated 3/23/21) (replaced with 4/13/2021 update)

Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation will begin accepting park rental requests starting at midnight on Monday, March 29, 2021 for rental dates starting on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Rental requests will not be accepted for dates on or before Thursday April 8, 2021. After evaluating the current Michigan Department of Health and Human Services restrictions, we determined that we can safely accept requests for events with a maximum capacity of 100 attendees for open-air shelters and open park space. Unfortunately, rental requests for the indoor shelters at Burns Park and Allmendinger Park will not be accepted until further notice. 

If you are interested in submitting a park rental request, you may submit your request by email at [email protected]  starting at midnight  on Monday, March 29, or by phone starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 29 at 734.794.6230 x 0. Requests will be accepted in the order in which they are received. We encourage you to email your request. 


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ATHLETIC FIELDS

Athletic fields for organized sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse are available for rent.  All uses of the athletic fields must comply with current MDHHS orders regarding athletic competitions. Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at [email protected]

BASKETBALL COURTS

Use of the basketball courts that follows social distancing and mask guidelines are allowed. 

​BRYANT AND NORTHSIDE COMMUN ITY CENTERS

Community Action Network operates these vital community centers on behalf of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation. Both centers are open for essential services such as food distribution, hygiene product distribution and educational home kits. At Bryant, food program participation has doubled. Nearly 1,000 families came through for groceries in April when the average is around 450-500. In the first four months of 2020, CAN has distributed about 6,000 meals at Bryant, which surpasses what was served at this location all of last fiscal year. CAN has also distributed a couple thousand educational kits and received/donated 200 arts and crafts kits from the Ann Arbor Art Center.

COBBLESTONE FARM

The parks and recreation Customer Service Center at Cobblestone Farm remains closed and staff continue to answer emails and respond to phone calls remotely.  The public can contact parks at Parks&[email protected] or by calling 734.794.6230 ext. 0 and staff will respond to you as soon as possible.  

Rentals of Cobblestone Farm are currently closed. 

Please visit the following webpage for the most current rental updates.

DISC GOLF

The disc golf courses at Bandemer and Mary Beth Doyle Parks are open, provided physical distancing guidelines are followed. Please wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

DOG PARKS

Dog parks are open provided physical distancing guidelines are followed. Please wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

FARMER S MARKET 

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for on site shopping on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Masks are required to be worn by staff, vendors and customers. We have new physical distancing protocol in place, and signage placed throughout the market will guide customers through the changes, as will additional staff. Visit our website for details. Vendor stalls are spaced for social distancing, and we have added multiple sinks for hand-washing.  Cash, card and market tokens are now accepted by vendors. All vendors accept cash, most accept market tokens and some vendors have their own card reader to accept card payment.  $5 market tokens can be purchased at the market office.  Tokens can be purchased with an EBT/P-EBT card, and the market is participating in the Double Up Food Bucks  program. There is  currently no limit on doubling when using Double Up Food Bucks. 

To provide customers with limited contact shopping, pre-order sales for curbside or walk-up pickup are also continuing for select vendors with pick-up hours of 7 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. To preorder directly from vendors visit our vendor directory web page.  

GENERAL PARK USE

General park use and trails are open and available for use.  We encourage all individuals to follow social distancing and mask guidelines when using the parks. 

​GIVE 365 PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Reach out to GIVE 365 for small group and individual volunteer opportunities. Call 734.794.6445 or email [email protected].  Adopt-a-Park is also up and running. Contact [email protected] for more information. Check out our website for other park volunteer happenings! 

GOLF – HURON HILLS & LESLIE PARK

Golf is open at Huron Hills in a limited capacity due to a construction project. Please call the clubhouse to schedule a tee time, 734.794.6246. Leslie Park  is now open for the 2021 season. Please call 734.794.6245 for a tee time.

NATURAL AREA PRESERVATION (NAP) PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

In person Natural Area Preservation (NAP) workdays have resumed in a modified format. A list of upcoming events can be found on our website. Pre-registration through our online registration system is now required for workdays, as space is limited.  Participants at NAP workdays must wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distance from others at all times. NAP survey volunteers are now completing their bird, salamander, frog and toad, turtle, butterfly and photo-monitoring surveys as usual.  Additionally, NAP conservation workers are back in the field doing important restoration work.  

OUTDOOR POOLS – BUHR, FULLER & VETERANS MEMORIAL

All three outdoor pools are planning to open for the 2021 summer season. Hours and offerings are still being determined in coordination with MDHSS regulations and the Washtenaw County Health Department ​guidelines. Stay tuned for more details.

PLAYGROUNDS

Playgrounds are open. Please practice physical distancing of at least six feet from others.  Please wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

SENIOR CENTER

Instructional Bridge is back. We are happy to announce that in person instructional Bridge classes resume April 5. Class sizes will be limited. Students will be provided with their own table physically distanced from other players. Each person is required to wear a mask at all times in the building and will be health screened upon entrance to the facility. Refreshments will not be available, and each student is asked to bring their own book, paper and pencil. Please note that there will be no play practice due to COVID-19 guidelines.


For bridge defense and bridge play of hand classes, it is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience.

 

Cost is $110, members; $132, nonmembers. Students must register in advance and pre-pay or pay at the first class for all 11 weeks. For more details, contact the instructor Ray Gentz at [email protected] , or to register, call the senior center at 734.794.6250.

Bridge for Beginners - Part I: Tuesdays, April 6-June 15, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Bridge Defense - Part II: Mondays, April 5-June 21 (will not meet on Memorial Day), 10-11:30 a.m.

Bridge Play of the Hand - Part II: Tuesdays, April 6 -June 15, noon-1:30 p.m.

​For class descriptions and more visit the website.


SHELTERS AND PAVILIONS

(UPDATED 4/13/2021)  ​

As of April 13, 2021 ​Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation is cancelling all rentals and not accepting new rentals for dates through May 5, 2021 to help stop the spread of COVID19.  Staff will be in touch with groups to issue refunds or reschedule to a later date.  

Park rental requests may be made for rentals dates May 6, 2021 and later,  by emailing event details to [email protected].  Include the park name, park shelter,  requested date, time and details about what you plan to do at the park.  

Our office is working remotely and will do their best to follow up with you within two business days.  You may also leave a detailed voicemail at 734.794.6230 x 0. 

SKATEPARK

The Skatepark is currently open. Please practice physical distancing of at least six feet around others.  Please wear a mask if social distancing is not possible.

TENNIS COURTS

Tennis and pickleball courts are open and available for play provided physical distancing and mask guidelines are followed.