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Updated Oct​. 7, 2020

Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries Closed for the Season

Beginning Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Argo and Gallup canoe liveries will be closed for the season. The closure is due to COVID-19 positive test results of two employees at the liveries who were working while pre-symptomatic on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. 

All employees have been required to follow proper safety protocols, which include wearing masks indoors and outdoors and physical distancing. The city has not identified any instance of this person having close contact with the public. 

If you visited the Argo or Gallup canoe liveries Sept. 5 or Sept. 6, please self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms and seek advice from your medial professional if you have symptoms or concerns. COVID-19-related questions may also be directed to the Washtenaw County Health Department (https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19) at L-wchdcontact@washtenaw.org or 734.544.6700; please leave a message. Voicemail messages are checked several times each weekday, and calls will be returned within 24 hours or sooner.​


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)

Fuller Park Pool — Advanced reservations, available on a limited basis, are required; and masks must be worn inside the lobby during check-in. Guests are also strongly encouraged to leave masks on until they enter the water. Many other protocols are in place at the pool for safety and physical distancing.

Argo and Gallup canoe liveries — The liveries reopen Monday, July 20, and masks will be required to be worn onsite throughout the entire boat rental process, until patrons are in their boats and on the river.

​​Updated July 8, 2020

Argo and Gallup Canoe Liveries Temporarily Closed​​​ as of July 7, 2020

Argo and Gallup canoe liveries are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 positive test results of individuals who, while pre-symptomatic, were at the liveries on July 3 and on July 5.  Learn more​. 

Fuller Pa​​rk Pool open in a limited capacity

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. Masks must be worn inside the lobby during check-in. Guests are also strongly encouraged to leave masks on until they enter the water. Many other protocols are in place at the pool for safety and physical distancing.

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.  You can also email for general rental questions. in the meantime. 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 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.

BOATING – ARGO AND GALLUP ​CANOE LIVERIES CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

UPDATED: 9/9/20 - Beginning Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Argo and Gallup canoe liveries will be closed for the season. The closure is due to COVID-19 positive test results of two employees at the liveries who were working while pre-symptomatic on Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. All employees have been required to follow proper safety protocols, which include wearing masks indoors and outdoors and physical distancing. The city has not identified any instance of this person having close contact with the public. 

If you visited the Argo or Gallup canoe liveries Sept. 5 or Sept. 6, please self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms and seek advice from your medial professional if you have symptoms or concerns. COVID-19-related questions may also be directed to the Washtenaw County Health Department (https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19​) at L-wchdcontact@washtenaw.org or 734.544.6700​; please leave a message. Voicemail messages are checked several times each weekday, and calls will be returned within 24 hours or sooner.​

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.

Staff will resume rentals of picnic shelters and open park space with reservations starting 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. 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 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.  

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. Masks must be worn inside the clubhouses and outdoors in crowded areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 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. ​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.