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​Updated June 12, 2020

Fuller Park Pool set to open in July in a limited capacity

City of Ann Arbor staff are happy to announce they are planning to open Fuller Park Pool, in a limited capacity, on Wednesday, July 1. Due to the current environment, several new processes will be put in place. This means that the pool will operate very differently than it ever has before. The current Executive Order from Governor Whitmer's office, and physical distancing requirements, limit the amount of people that can be in a pool at one time. Visitors will need to register for a 90-minute session for lap swimming or for family swim and will be assigned a lane or portion of the pool. Normal pool supplies such as kick boards, life jackets and deck chairs will not be available and guests will be encouraged to bring their own if needed. Also, swimmers should plan to arrive and leave in their swim gear as there will be limited changing room access and physical distancing requirements in place.

Additionally, programming such as masters swimming, swim lessons and pool rentals will not be offered, and the water slide will remain closed. Staff are currently working to finalize the details for the reservation process. Reservations will be available on our website beginning Thursday, June 26. We will continue to update our COVID-related webpage as well as the Fuller Park website with new information. Staff will review any new orders or recommendation and adjust process if possible.​

​​​​​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. ​

Additionally, staff will resume rentals of picnic shelters and open park space with reservations starting on Wednesday July 1. We plan to accept rental requests starting Tuesday June 16. Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at parkrentals@a2gov.org.  Office hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 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.​


​​​​​​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!


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ATHLETIC FIEL​​DS

Athletic fields for organized sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse will be open for rental starting on Monday, June 22. We plan to accept rental requests starting Tuesday, June 16. Rental groups will need to provide plans for adhering to the current Executive Orders in terms of social distancing prior to renting.  Our office can be reached at 734.794.6230 x 0 or at parkrentals@a2gov.org. Staff will continue to evaluate the use of these amenities as physical distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations are updated. 

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.

BOATING – ARGO AND GALLUP ​CANOE LIVERIES

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.

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 10 a.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. 

Rentals of Cobblestone Farm and special events in the parks 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.

Staff will resume rentals of picnic shelters and open park space with reservations starting on Wednesday July 1. We plan to accept rental requests starting Tuesday, June 16.. 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.

DAY C​​AMPS

Unfortunately, day camps are cancelled for the 2020 season.

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 onsite shopping on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3p.m. 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. The number of vendors stalls will also be limited temporarily in order to maintain the necessary physical distancing requirements and we have added multiple sinks for hand-washing. To provide customers with limited contact shopping as well, preorder sales for curbside or walk-up pick up 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

FOOT GOLF –​​ HURON HILLS

Foot Golf at Huron Hills is open. Visitors must bring their own soccer ball. Hours of operation are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 4-8 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.​

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 AND LESLIE ​​​PARK GOLF COURSES

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.​

​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. ​We plan to accept rental requests starting Tuesday, June 16. 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.