Buhr Park is a 39-acre park serving the south central part of Ann Arbor. The park is open from 6 a.m.-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, a 25 meter 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. 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.
Outdoor Ice Arena
Buhr Park Ice Arena is open for the 2021 season. We currently require all visitors to wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes in the lobby and the locker rooms. Masks are encouraged outdoors and while on the ice. Please only use the lobby and locker rooms for briefly changing in and out of skates as space is limited. Outdoor space is available for seating and skate changes as well. We will continue to monitor the Washtenaw County Health Department's recommendations and COVID-19 risk levels.
The open-air ice arena has a covered roof and a cooled subfloor that allows us to maintain ice even when it is over 60 degrees outside. Activities currently available include public ice skating, drop-in hockey, sticks and pucks and rental hours. Skate rentals and sharpening are available. Immediate service, $6; overnight, $5.
Skating Schedule: Jan. 1-31
Open skating at Buhr is available for walk-in only and rental skates are available on a first come first serve basis. Effective as of 1/16/22, the rink will only accomodate 100 skaters per open skate session due to staffing shortages. Patrons may pay admission no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of an open skate time.
|Sunday ||Open Skate|
|Monday||Drop-In Hockey Women|
Drop-In Hockey All Ages
|Tuesday||Sticks & Pucks|
|Drop-In Hockey All Ages|
Drop-In Hockey Men 18+
|Thursday||Sticks & Pucks|
Drop-In Hockey All Ages
|Friday||Sticks & Pucks|
|Saturday||Drop-In Hockey All Ages|
*Schedule subject to change
Open Skating Pricing
|Youth (17 & under)||$5|
| * Skate learners are free|
Drop-In Hockey & Sticks and Pucks Pricing
|Youth (17 & under)||$7|
Drop-In Hockey Information:
FULL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Helmets, mouth guards. Knee & shin pads, elbow pads, wrist guards, or hockey gloves are required. Males require jock straps and protective cups. Anyone under 17 must wear full-face protection with their helmet.
- Admission for goalies is free.
- Sign up begins a half hour before game time.
- Each player must register in person at the front desk.
- No phone registration or friend registration allowed.
- Absolutely no checking allowed.
Sticks & Pucks Information:
Sticks and Pucks at Buhr Park is a public session open to all ages and all skill levels. This unstructured ice time provides an opportunity for hockey players to focus on individual skill development. Sessions are limited to 40 skaters to maintain a safe environment for everyone on the ice. Parents are welcome to join their child on the ice.
- Skates, sticks and helmets required for anyone on the ice. USA Hockey's full equipment guidelines recommended.
- All pucks provided by the ice rink must be returned to the designated area at the conclusion of each session.
- No goalies allowed during this time.
- No “pick-up" games allowed.
- No checking, rough housing or slapshots.
- Skate trainers are not allowed for use during this time.
Rent the Ice Arena
Ice rentals are booked for the 2021-2022 season. Ice rentals for the 2022-2023 season will start in September 2022.
Extended Season Policy
Weather permitting, the Buhr Park Ice Arena 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 27 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.
The outdoor pool is currently closed for the season and will reopen Memorial Day weekend 2022.