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Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena and Pool

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​​Buhr Park

2751 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (directions)

Phone:
734.794.6234
jnealis@a2gov.org
Jason Nealis, Recreation Supervisor ​

Day Camp Outdoor Pool Swim Lessons Swim Team Splash Days


Buhr Park is a 39-acre park serving the south central part of Ann Arbor. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round and features softball diamonds, two tennis courts, play equipment, a basketball court, open field play, a sledding hill, picnic facilities with a grill, an outdoor pool with a family activity pool (open in the spring/summer) and an open-air ice arena (open in the fall/winter). Summer day camp is one of the popular programs offered at Buhr Park. To sign up for programs, please use the online registratio​n system​. Buhr ​Park is adjacent to Cobblestone Farm, a historic barn that serves as a venue for weddings and other rental opportunities, as well as the home of the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center. ​

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is open Nov. 4, 2017 to March 25, 2018. The rink has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 50 degrees outside! Activities include public ice skating, drop-in hockey and rental hours.

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Outdoor Pool

Buhr Park Pool features a fan-shaped, zero-depth area with interactive water play features and a 25yard lap pool with a 12 foot diving well.  We offer lounge chairs, picnic area, tennis courts and a shaded deck area.

Admission fees

​3 and underFree with a paid adult​
​Youth ages 4-17​$4
​Adult ages 18+$5​
​Senior ages 55+$4​
​10-visit punch pass$40​

Summer Season Pass Pricing

Summer season passes are valid from May 27 - Sept. 4, 2017. Season passes can be used at Buhr, Fuller and Veterans Memorial park pools for all public swim times and tot splashes. Passes may be purchased at all of the pools, the Parks and Recreation Customer Service Center (Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Road), or our online registration website.


​Preseason pass (purchased before May 30)​Resident​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$95​$120
​Adult​$125​$160
​Family*​$240​$300
​Regular Pass (purchased after May 30)​Resident​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$110​$135
​Adult​$140​$175
​Family*​$265​$325
​*The rate is for up to five family members (two adults and three children all living in the same household). Each additional child is $5. ​ ​

Public Swimming
June 19 - Sept. 4:

  • Adult Lap Swimming, Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m.
  • Public Swimming, Monday-Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays/holidays, noon-8 p.m.
  • Tot Splash, (for children 7 years of age and younger when accompanied by an adult) Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Family Swim, (for adults over the age of 18, and children supervised by someone 18 years or older) Monday through Friday from 5-6:30pm

Dog Swim 2017

Woof woof! Once Buhr Park Pool closes to the public for the season, it’s time for our four-legged friends to make a splash. Join us at the Dog Swim Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7, 3–8 p.m. Swim times in half-hour increments must be registered for in advance. Spaces are limited for this popular event. To register, call 734.794.6234. Buhr Park is located at 2751 Packard Rd. The cost for the first dog is $6 for residents/$7.50 for nonresidents, and for the second dog, $3 residents/$3.75 nonresidents. The rain date is Friday, Sept. 8. See you then!

Swim Lessons

Group lessons are offered for children from the age of 6 months up.  Class size is limited. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior
instructor approval is granted. Registration will be accepted for any instructional swim class at any of the city pools during any public swim time, by phone or online.

Tadpoles
Helps ages 6 months to 18 months to become comfortable in the water and learn skills with the help of a parent or adult. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident. All sessions: 10:10am or 11:30am

Minnows

Intro to water skills for tykes who are just starting off. Swimmers will be in the water with only an instructor and need to be at least 4 years old to participate in this class. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.
  • All sessions: 8:50, 9:30, 10:10 or 11:30am

Dolphins

Fundamental aquatic skills for those who can fully submerge head, float independently, blow bubbles and feel comfortable in the water. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.
  • All sessions: 8:50, 9:30, 10:10 or 10:50am

 Sharks

Beginning stroke development for those who can push off the side, flutter kick on back/front with arm actions and float on their front and back comfortably. 30-minute class. $45, resident/$55, nonresident.
  • All Sessions: 8:50, 9:30, 10:10, 10:50 or 11:30

Otters

Stroke improvement for those who can swim front and back crawl for 20 yards, demonstrate butterfly and breaststroke and tread water for 60 seconds. 45-minute class. $55 resident/$70 nonresident. 
  • All Sessions: 10:00 or 11:00am

Orcas

Stroke refinement for those who have coordinated front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary back stroke. 45-minute class. $55, resident/$70, nonresident. 
  • All Sessions: 9:00am


Swim Team

Be a part of the Buhr Park Sharks Swim Team.  Join us for an informational session on Friday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at
Buhr Park's Lobby. Our swim team provides an introduction to team competitive swimming, basic skill development and a strengthening program for more advanced swimmers. We provide an opportunity to compete in up to six swim meets and an area-wide conference meet through the Washtenaw Interclub Swimming Conference. This team is open to anyone ages 5 to 17 years old who can swim at least one length of the pool (front crawl). Swimmers with special needs are encouraged to join. Practices are Monday through Friday mornings. Meets are held Saturday mornings. The swim team program begins the week of June 12th, and runs through July 27th.
Registration begins Feb. 1, and the per-child fee is $125, resident/$150, nonresident. $10 discount for multi-child registrations.

Splash Days

Mark your calendar for two fun filled Saturdays: Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, August 5, 2-4 pm. Our friends and volunteers at GIVE 365 will be at the pool to lead a variety of fun activities and pool games. Join us and see what it’s all about! Pool admission rates apply, but the added fun is free.

Day Camp


2751 Packard Road | 734.794.6234 | a2gov.org/buhr

From animals and world travel to Hogwarts and Disney, an adventure awaits each week for children ages 5-12. Our certified staff will lead a day filled with themed activities and swimming in Buhr Park Outdoor Pool. Campers will enjoy traditional camp games, sports, and crafts that are tailored to fit each week’s individual theme. Campers will also enjoy swimming outside as well as learn about the animals and lifestyles of early settlers by visiting Cobblestone Farm. Our staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Please enjoy a $20 per week discount if you register by April 30.

  • Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Camp Fee:
  • $190 resident per week; $230 nonresident per week. Week of July 4, $130 residents; $165 nonresident
  • Extended Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Extended Hours Fee: $50
​June 19-23​Under the Sea Week
​June 26-30Hollywood Week​
​July 3-7 (no camp July 4)​Around the World Week
​July 10-14Lego Week​
​July 17-21Hogwarts Week​
​July 24-28Olympic Week​
​July 31 - Aug 4Disney Pixar Week​
​Aug 7-11Mad Science Week​
​Aug 14-18Star Wars Week​
​Aug 21-25Dinosuar Week​
​Aug 28 - Sept 1Hodge Podge Week​

To register: Rec 1 Registration System



Outdoor Ice Arena

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is now closed for the 2016-2017 season.  Thank you to all of those who visited us this winter, and we hope to see you again next fall.  We plan to reopen in November of 2017.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is open Nov. 5, 2016-March 19, 2017. The rink has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 50 degrees outside. Activities include public ice skating, drop-in hockey and rental hours.

The facility has a heated lobby, vending, restrooms and four separate locker rooms for hockey. Skate rentals are available. Skate sharpening available.  Immediate service, $6; overnight, $5.
​Resident Price​Admission Fee
​Adult​$5​$6
​Youth (17 & under)​$4​$5
​Senior (60+)​$4​$5
​Skate rental​$3​$3
​ ​ ​* Skate learners are free
                    
Discount passes at Buhr Ice Arena (valid at Buhr & Veterans ice arenas)
​10 visits​30 visits
​Youth/Senior resident​$30​$85
​Youth/Senior nonresident​$40​$112
​Adult resident​$40​$112
​Adult nonresident​$50​$142

Public skating schedule

Our public skating season runs from Nov. 5, 2016 to March 19, 2017, on the following days:
  • Sunday, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (half price and broom ball)
  • Wednesday, 4:45-5:45 p.m. (half price and broom ball) and 7:15-8:45 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, 7:15-8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 7:15-8:45 p.m. 
  • Skate sharpening available, immediate service, $6; overnight,$5.​

Holiday Skating Schedule

From December 23rd through January 6, we will offer an additional weekday only public skating time from noon until 2:00pm

CLOSED December 25th

Drop-in Hockey and Sticks & Pucks Pricing

​Resident Price
​Adult Resident​$6
​Youth/Senior Resident​$5
​Adult Nonresident​$7
Youth/Senior Nonresidents​$6
            

Drop-in Hockey and Sticks & Pucks  Schedule           

​Day​Time​Note
​Monday7:45 - 8:45pm​Drop-in women only
​Tuesday

​3:30 - 4:30pm
9:00 - 10:00pm

​Sticks & pucks all ages
Drop-in men only
​Wedesday3:30 - 4:30pm​Drop-in all ages​
​Thursday9:00 - 10:00pm​Sticks & pucks all ages​
​Friday4:00 - 5:15pm​Sticks & pucks all ages​
​Saturday1:15 - 2:15pm​Drop-in all ages​

Hockey Pass Card

Valid at Buhr Park Ice Arena only, not for general skate.
  • Adult (10 admissions) Resident: $50/nonresidents: $60.
  • Youth (10 admissions) Resident: $40/nonresidents: $50.
  • *With purchase of pass the 11th visit is free.
  • Passes are good for sticks and pucks and drop-in hockey.

Rent the ice arena

Hourly. This is great for hockey teams. Prime-time rental, resident: $165/nonresidents: $220. Non-prime time rental, resident: $120/nonresidents: $150. Saturdays, Sundays and after 3 p.m. Monday to Friday are considered prime time days. Ann Arbor Public School breaks, after noon, are considered prime time.  One-time Rentals. Great for birthday parties/group functions. Prime-time rental, resident: $180/nonresidents: $220. Non-prime-time rental, resident: $145/nonresidents: $180.​

Extended Season Policy

Weather permitting, the Buhr Park Ice Rink season may be extended for a maximum of two weeks.  Buhr Park management will determine if the weather will enable the ice arena to continue operating at an efficient level after the scheduled March 19 closing date.  If the predicted high temperature (per weather.com) will be consistently below 45 degrees, Buhr Park will continue limited public skating and drop-in hockey times for up to one week.  The procedure will be followed again for the following week to determine if the ice arena will be open for up to a second additional week.