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COVID-19 Parks and Recreation Operations

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Park restrooms currently open
These may close in the next few weeks (weather pending). Allmendinger, Burns, Fuller, Gallup Livery, Island B, Wheeler, Southeast Area; and compostable restrooms at Gallup, Olson and Bandemer. Restrooms currently open - closing Dec. 1. Argo Livery and Hunt . Questions? Email a2parks@a2gov.org.                                         

Updated Dec. 29, 2020
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation has not resumed scheduling rentals and special events due to COVID-19.  Annually we begin scheduling for the coming year on the first Monday in January. This year we hope to resume park rentals and special event bookings beginning the first week of February 2021. Please note this is only a temporary date that we are currently targeting. 

We will continue to follow the guidelines from the Washtenaw County Health D​epartment and Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office with regard to capacity guidelines and physical distancing recommendations. We will continue to update social media and the city’s website when we have a confirmed date. Thank you for understanding.

Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at parkrentals@a2gov.org​.  As of Nov. 18 our staff are working remotly. For the quickest reponse, please email.​


Updated Nov. 18, 2020

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 19 through Dec. 8, Cobblestone Farm and the Arbor Parks & Recreation Customer Service Office will be closed to visitors and for appointments due to the latest COVID guidelines from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. We are monitoring our email so please send questions/inquiries to a2parks@a2gov.org. Thank you for understanding.​​

Leslie Park Golf Course is now closed for 2020. Huron Hills Golf Course will remain open through Wednesday, Nov. 25. We are currently in the midst of the Benz Creek construction project and only have 11-holes open for play. 

In response to the new MDHHS emergency order:
• The clubhouse will be closed to the public.
• We are only accepting payment online or by phone.
• 11-holes: $10 walking/$19 riding
• 6-holes: $6 walking/$12 riding
Contact us at 734.794.6246 if you have questions.

Updated Nov. 16, 2020

Buhr and Veterans ice arenas closed for three weeks

Due to the emergency order​ issued on Sunday, Nov. 15 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the City of Ann Arbor ice arenas, Buhr and Veterans, are closed effective immediately for the next three weeks. Since there is not an exemption for outdoor rinks in the order, both rinks will be closed during this time. We will continue to evaluate the orders; and our goal is to reopen both rinks once permitted. Thank you for understanding.

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Updated Sept. 4, 2020

Ann Arbor parks playground update

We know you are seeing weeds, and in some cases, lots of weeds in the mulch surfacing at many playground areas. The city has over 80 playgrounds that it maintains, all without the use of chemical weed control. In normal years, the city addresses playground maintenance as a partnership effort between parks maintenance staff and volunteers to stay up on what is a very labor intensive and constant battle. Weeding, instead of spraying, relies in large part on a robust volunteer program that sees literally thousands of hours given every spring and early summer assisting with the playgrounds. COVID-19 and the accompanying stay-at-home order and ban on nonessential services that occurred in early part of spring was the optimum time to prevent weeds from overtaking the engineered wood mulch safety surfaces that surround most of our play structures, so we missed the critical window for weed prevention. A lingering effect of the stay-at-home order and ban on nonessential work is that many springtime renovation projects were delayed. While park staff is now catching up, we are still behind where we would be in a normal year. Existing restrictions on gatherings and the impact the pandemic has on volunteer work continues to be felt. While we are proud to not use herbicides in or near playgrounds, we are not proud of the weedy conditions that people are experiencing at this time. We ask you to continue to report the conditions and send pictures so we can prioritize and address as soon as we can. To report concerns, visit www.a2gov.org/A2FixIt.

We are hopeful that last year’s pilot program to test the efficacy of a salt and vinegar solution to eliminate weeds without using a chemical herbicide can return once we get the approval through the State of Michigan. We are always looking for the best way to maintain these play areas and reflect the desires of our community to be good environmental stewards. It is challenging but we assure you that city staff is working on this and doing our best to respond to this maintenance challenge.
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Updated July 17, 2020

COVID-19 update for the Ann Arbor parks
While masks are already required to be worn indoors and outdoors in crowded areas, per the state executive order, please remember the requirement also applies to areas of city parks and parks facilities. This includes, but is not limited to:

Ann Arbor Farmers Market and Huron Hills and Leslie Park golf courses — Masks and other safety requirements are in place. Please visit the golf and the market websites for complete details.

Cobblestone Farm — Hours are 12 p.m.–4 p.m., and guests must wear a mask inside the building, on tours and during meetings and transactions with customer service staff. (updated Sept. 28, 2020)​

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ATHLETIC FIEL​​DS

Athletic fields for organized sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse are closed for the year as of Sept. 28, 2020.  Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at parkrentals@a2gov.org

BASKE​TBALL COURTS

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.

​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 FAR​​M

The Parks Customer Service at Cobblestone Farm has reopened with new office hours.  Our new hours are Monday-Friday 12 p​.m. - 4 p.m. by appointment only.  The public can contact parks at Parks&Rec@a2gov.org or by calling 734.794.6230 ext. 0 and staff will respond to you as soon as possible. Guests must wear a mask inside the building, on tours and during meetings and transactions with customer service staff.​

Rentals of Cobblestone Farm are currently closed. Customers may cancel existing reservations at no penalty. Staff will 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.

Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at parkrentals@a2gov.org. You can also email for general rental questions in the meantime. We will provide further updates next week. Please visit the following website​ for more information.

DIS​​C GOLF

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

DOG PA​RKS

Dog parks are open provided physical distancing guidelines are followed.

FARMER​S MARKET

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market is open for on​site shopping on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 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.  

GIVE 365 PROGRAMS AN​​D VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Reach out to GIVE 365 for small group and individual volunteer opportunities. Call 734.794.6445 or email volunteer@a2gov.org.  Adopt-a-Park is also up and running. Contact adopt-a-park@a2gov.org for more information. Check out our website ​for other park volunteer happenings! 

GOLF – HURON HILLS GOLF COURSE

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 closed for the 2020 golf season.  We look forward to seeing you in the spring of 2021.​

​NATURAL AREA PRESER​​VATION (NAP) PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES​

In-person Natural Area Preservatin (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, FULLE​​R & VETERANS MEMORIAL

The outdoor pools at Buhr Park and Veterans Memorial will remain closed for the year.​

PLAYGRO​​UNDS

Playgrounds will open on Monday, June 8. Please practice physical distancing of at least six feet from others.

SENIOR C​​ENTER

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 PA​​VILIONS

In order to provide safe and fun experiences in our parks, we will start park rentals/picnic shelters on Wednesday July 1. ​Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at parkrentals@a2gov.org. You can also email for general rental questions in the meantime. Please visit the following website​ for more information.

SKA​​​TEPARK

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

TENNIS COUR​​TS

Tennis and pickleball play can resume, provided social distancing guidelines are followed. Consider playing singles. Playing singles could help prevent incidental contact and unwanted proximity. If you do play doubles, avoid all incidental contact.