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Buhr Outdoor Ice Arena and Pool

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Buhr Park

2751 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (directions)

Jason Nealis, Recreation Supervisor ​
​The Ice Arena is open for the 2019-2020 winter season!  Our ice surface is refrigerated, so even on those warm day, we have ice!  Please see below for our public skating schedule.

Day CampOutdoor PoolSwim LessonsSwim TeamSplash Days

Registration for 2020 Spring/Summer programs and activities begins Monday, Feb. 3. The guide features day camps, golf tournaments, events at our canoe liveries, learn-to-swim and mermaid/merman classes. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities with GIVE 365 and Natural Area Preservation, Ann Arbor Farmers Market events, cultural arts activities and more. To view the guide visit 2020 Activity Guide.pdf.

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. Once you're ready to register visit our online registration 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 opens its public skating season Nov. 2, 2019-March 29, 2020. The rink has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 60 degrees outside! Activities include public ice skating, drop-in hockey and rental hours.

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Outdoor Ice Ar​​ena

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is open for the season. The rink has a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 60 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
​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

7:45 - 8:45 pm​Half-price admission

4:45 - 5:45 pm (Half-price)
7:15 - 8:45 pm

7:15 - 8:45 pm​
7:15 - 8:45 pm​
2:30 - 4:30 pm​
7:15 - 8:45 pm

3:15 - 5:30 pm​

​School Break skating:  

​Buhr Ice Arena will have additional public skating from noon-2 p.m. on the following days:

November 5, 27, 29

December 23-24, 26, , 30-31

Jan. 1-3, 20

March 10

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. Hourly rate is $190/hour.​

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 29 closing date.  If the predicted high temperature (per 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.  

Drop-in Hockey and Sticks & Pucks Pricing

​Resident Price
​Adult Resident​$8
​Youth/Senior Resident​$7
​Adult Nonresident​$9.50
Youth/Senior Nonresidents​$8.50


Drop-in Hockey and Sticks & Pucks  Schedule           

​Monday7:45 - 8:45 pm
​Drop-in women only
Drop-in all ages

​3:30 - 4:30 pm
9 - 10 pm

​Sticks & pucks all ages
Drop-in men only
​Wednesday3:30 - 4:30 pm​Drop-in all ages​
Sticks & pucks all ages
Drop-in all ages
​Friday4 - 5:15 pm​Sticks & pucks all ages​
​Saturday1:15 - 2:15 pm​Drop-in all ages​

​​Special Skating Events

Veterans Day Skate
Join us Sunday, Nov. 10. Veterans skate for free and can receive a free skate rental. Please present military ID.

Funky Frosty Fridays
The first Friday of each month during general skate from 7:15-8:45 p.m., skate to themed music/dress up. Wear the best costume!

Dec. 6: Country Music Night
Kick your heels up and skate to today’s country hits. If you ain’t got no giddy-up, then giddy-out the way.

Jan. 3: Boy Band Night
If you haven’t said “bye, bye, bye” to boy band classics, dust off your Tiger Beat magazines and skate to the sounds of perfect harmony.

Feb. 7: K-Pop Night
You don’t have to understand the words to get down and skate to the beat of this international sound.

March 6: 80’s Night
Every breath you take is like a shot through the heart when you skate to the totally tubular sounds of the Reagan era.

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. Our hours for general swimming are 3:30-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon-8 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  Our schedule will change on June 16 and offer more times for adult lap swimming and tot splash, so check back with us then or scroll down to the pool section of this site to learn more.​

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

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 on or before May 25)​Resident​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$95​$120
​Regular Pass (purchased on or after May 26)​Resident​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$110​$135
​*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 Schedule
June 14​-September 7

​Monday-Friday:  1-8 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:  Noon-8 p.m.

Adult Lap Swimming:  Monday-Friday from noon-1 p.m.

Tot Splash:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1 p.m.

Group Swim Lessons​​

​​​Group Lessons are offered for children ages 6 months and up.  Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Register at any of the City pools, by phone or here​​.  There are four different sessions:


​​This program is for babies ages 6 months to 3 years old and their parent or adult to become comfortable in the water and to learn skills needed for continued comfort and enjoyment in the water. Fee: $45, resident; $55 non-resident. There are four different sessions:


​Introductions 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.  ​Fee: $45, resident; $55 non-resident. There are four different sessions:  


​​Fundamental aquatic skills for those who can fully sumberge head, float independently, blow bubbles and feel comfoarble in the water. Fee: $45, resident; $55 non-resident. There are four different sessions:


​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. Fee: $45, resident; $55 non-resident. There are four different sessions:


​Stroke improvement for those who can swim front and back crwl for 20 yards, demonstrate butterfly, breaaststroke and tread water for one minute. Fee: $55, resident; $70 non-resident. There are four different sessions:


​Stroke refinement for those who have coordinated front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly and elementary back stroke.  Fee: $55, resident; $70 non-resident.​​ There are four different sessions:

​Private Swim Lessons

​​​​Individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult are private lessons, 30 minutes long, and customized to meet the needs of the swimming participant.  Private lessons are for one participant only.  Fee:  Half hour $15 resident; $18 nonresident. 

​​​​​​Day Camp

​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 week filled with themed activities and swimming in Buhr Park Outdoor Pool.  For more information visit our camp page​

Splash Day

​Join us for an afternoon of special games, contests and prizes!  2020 date to be announced soon! Activities and prizes included in the cost of general admission. 

​Swim Team

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 sup to six swim meets and an area-wide conference meet through the Washtenaw Interclub Swimming Conference.  This team is open to anyone ages 5-17 years old who can swim at least one length of the pool (front crawl).  Swimmers with special needs are encouraged to join. 

This team is a fun way to get into competitive swimming.  Meets are held Saturday mornings.  The fee for the swim team is $125, resident; $150, nonresident.  For information, call 734.794.6234.

​Dog Swim

​The dog swim date will be announced soon! Cost is $6 per dog, second dog is half-price.​​