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Updated June 5, 2020

Additional amenities to open in the Ann Arbor parks
After reviewing Governor Whitmer’s latest order Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation will reopen playgrounds as well as the Ann Arbor Skatepark on Monday, June 8. Signage at the playgrounds and Ann Arbor Skatepark will be updated by early next week. As a reminder, playground equipment and the Skatepark, is not cleaned or sanitized. Also, we ask that park users continue to practice safety protocols including remaining six feet apart from others. Another update will be provided early next week regarding the status of outdoor pools and day camps. Thank you for your support. ​

​​​​​​Updated May 29, 2020​​​

As announced May 18, the difficult decision has been made to cancel city pool openings and summer day camps for the 2020 season. Research from throughout the industry and consulting with other park and camp professionals, attending webinars and reviewing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and other organizations about opening during the pandemic along with many other factors were considered before making these decisions to keep pools and day camps closed. Ultimately, the need to maintain 6 feet of distance between participants and to keep shared surfaces sanitized after every use becomes extremely difficult, if not unattainable. ​​

A listing of park facilities, programs and amenities (in alphabetical order) and their current status follows, along with other relevant information, amid the State of Michigan Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and/or COVID-19 prevention practices. As activities are reintroduced, their success relies on the willingness of visitors and staff to follow current  physical distancing guidelines and identified best practices. We encourage everyone to enjoy the parks responsibly!



Athletic fields for organized team sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse remain closed. Individuals of members of a same household may use fields for recreational activities. Staff will continue to evaluate the use of these amenities as physical distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations are updated and when the stay-at-home order is lifted or amended. 


Use of the basketball courts that follows social distancing guidelines, such as shooting baskets individually or with members of the same household, is allowed. No team game play is allowed. Basketball courts will be signed to reflect this change.


Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation is happy to announce Argo and Gallup liveries​ will be opening with limited offerings, Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. Boating is an allowable recreational activity per Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order.

This season, reservations are required to rent all types of boats. You can make reservations online or call the livery you want to visit. This reopening approach will be incremental to create a safe environment for customers, the public and staff. For that reason, you can paddle in the ponds at Argo and Gallup parks - with a reservation - starting May 29 (weather permitting). Currently, river trips are not being offered due to the levels of water and dangerous current conditions that have resulted from recent rain storms. This season, the liveries will not be selling or renting tubes for use in the Argo Cascades. This will help minimize the number of people gathering in that area of the river to allow for proper physical distancing.

The city is following best safety practices for operating procedures in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines:
• Reservations are required for renting boats to minimize lines and create safe physical distances between customers and staff.
    o Argo boat rental reservation or call 734.794.6241 | 1055 Longshore Drive.
    o Gallup boat rental reservation or call 734.794.6240 | 3000 Fuller Road.
• Equipment will be sanitized between every use.
• Shared/common surfaces will be thoroughly disinfected throughout operating hours.
• Hand sanitizer will be available throughout our facilities.
• Trained staff interacting with customers will be wearing face masks.
• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed in the queues and on the docks.
• As much of our operations that can be will be conducted outside.
• Customers will enter their boats into the water using the self-launch docks.

Additional offerings will be phased in with customer and staff adherence to these initial guidelines. Thank you for your support.


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.


The Parks Customer Service remains closed, but staff is responding to emails and returning calls by working remotely. The public can contact parks at Parks& or by calling 734.794.6230 and staff will respond to you as soon as possible. Rentals of Cobblestone Farm and special events in the parks are currently closed. Customers may cancel existing reservations at no penalty. Staff will contact any existing reservations 60 days prior to their event and the physical distancing guidelines in effect at that time will determine if the event may move forward. Contact staff at 734.794.6230 to discuss existing reservations or to ask questions about future dates.


Summer day camp at Argo, Buhr, Fuller, and Gallup is cancelled for the 2020 season.​ All registrants will receive a full refund.


The disc golf courses at Bandemer and Mary Beth Doyle Parks are open, provided physical distancing guidelines are followed.


Dog parks are open provided physical distancing guidelines are followed. Visitors should wear gloves when entering and exiting at the admission gates.


The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for onsite and pre-order sales using walk-in or curbside pick up on Wednesday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-noon to provide customers the ability to preorder essential food and other permitted items. To pre-order directly from vendors visit our vendor directory web page​. The number of vendor stalls, for instance, will be limited to manage physical distancing requirements. Signage informs customers how to shop under these new guidelines. Vendors will be spaced out within the market area per physical distancing guidelines and signage will inform customers how to shop under these new guidelines. Visit our website for details.


Foot Golf at Huron Hills is open and is fun for all ages. Visitors must bring their own soccer ball. Hours of operation are Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. There will be a maximum of four people per group. Please practice physical distancing. Please contact the clubhouse to schedule, 734.794.6246.​.


All events through May have been cancelled. Independent volunteer and household projects preapproved by Adopt-A-Park can resume after May 1, provided they meet social distancing guidelines. Stay tuned for additional individual and household volunteer opportunities.


Golf is open at Huron Hills and Leslie Park golf courses. Golf carts are available with safety protocols put in place to facilitate physical distancing and limit the potential of shared touch points. The carts are also sanitized after every use. Visit our website ​for complete details.​


All events through May have been cancelled. Independent and household volunteer projects preapproved by NAP can resume after May 1, provided they meet social distancing guidelines. NAP is working on a new way to rid parks and natural areas from invasive garlic mustard. Typically, springtime brings together large groups of people to help remove this invasive species from our natural areas. Given groups aren’t permitted under the stay at home order, NAP is looking at a week-long event where individuals or members of the same household can pull garlic mustard at multiple locations across the city while coordinating virtually with NAP. Watch for details on NAP's Pulling Together Separately event once available.​​Stay tuned for additional individual and household volunteer opportunities.


City outdoor pools at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial parks will not open for the 2020 season.  All registrants will receive a full refund.


Playgrounds will open on Monday, June 8. The equipment/structures are not being cleaned or sanitizied.


Under the current EO the Ann Arbor Senior Center remains closed. The center has remained connected with the community via weekly newsletters including links to online games and activities that typically happen at the senior center and other resources​. Staff will continue to evaluate reopening the senior center as physical distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations are updated and when the stay-at-home order is lifted or amended.


Shelters and pavilions remain closed. Staff will continue to evaluate the use of these amenities as social distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations are updated and when the stay-at-home order is lifted or amended.


The Skatepark will open on Monday, June 8. Please practice physical distancing of at least six feet around others.


Tennis and pickleball play can resume, provided social distancing guidelines are followed, but no doubles play is allowed.​