Buhr Pool and Outdoor Ice Arena



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About the Facility

Welcome to Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena and Pool! Buhr Park features a six-lane, 25 yard pool with a 12 foot deep well, a separate zero-depth entry children’s wading pool, locker rooms, picnic tables and lounge chairs to enjoy. In addition to the pool, there is an outdoor regulation size ice rink which operates during the winter season. ​​Right outside the pool area you can enjoy 39 acres of rolling hills, picnic areas, with barbecue grills, a playground, softball diamonds, soccer fields, and outdoor tennis courts at the park.​​

​​​​​​Please note, we d​o not allow outside swim instruction or coaching of any kind. Additionally, groups of more than 10 must call in advan​​​​ce. We are no longer able to accomm​odate day camps and day care groups at our facility. If you would like to br​ing your camp group or day care to swim, please contact Veterans Memorial Pool at 734.794.6235. ​


2751 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Carly Houston,
Recreation Supervisor



2024​ Season 

Buhr Park Outdoor Pool runs May 25-Sept. 2. ​

Open Swim: May 25-June 13 and Aug. 26-30

  • Monday-Friday: 4-8 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 1-8 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 1-8 p.m. 

​Open Swim: June 14-Aug. 25

  • Monday-Thursday: Noon-7 pm 
  • Friday: Noon-8 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 1-8 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 1- 8 p.m. 

Tot Splash: June 14-Aug. 25

  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-Noon 
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Lap Swim: June 14-Aug. 25

  • Monday-Thursday: Noon-8:30 p.m. (2 lanes available) 
  • Friday: Noon-8 p.m. (2 lanes available)
  • Saturday: 1-8 p.m. (2 lanes available)
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (4 lanes available) and 1-8 p.m. (2 lanes available)



The Ann Arbor Octopods Swim Team is for ages 5-17. There are four sessions throughout the year, with registration required for each session. Registration i​s underway. 

NEW: Aqua Infants Experience
These drop-in classes will offer an opportunity for your 6-12 month old swimmer to sing, swim and socialize. Each week, the instructor will lead the group in songs, games and activities that will help your little swimmer get comfortable in the water and learn a few skills. We will be offering 30 minute class every Tuesday, June 18-Aug. 6, 1-1:30 pm. Fees: $7.25 per drop-in class or five punches for $30.

Admission Fees

​Ages 3 and under                   FREE with a paid adult

Youth ages 4 to 17                  $5

Adult ages 18+                        $6

Senior ages 55+                      $5 

Punch Passes

This card is good for daily admission for you and your family members. One punch per visit per person. Valid for all open swim and lap swim times at all of our public pools. Punch passes are not valid for master's swim times. Passes are only valid for one year at any of the public pools. Punch passes are not eligible for refund.

10 punches: $40 

25 punches: $100 

50 punches: $187.50 

100 punches: $350

Open Swimming Schedule

Open swim time includes 2 lanes for lap swimming, the shallow and deep end of the pool for everyone to enjoy. Daily admission applies, and all punch passes are valid. At least two lap lanes are available for lap swim. ​

May 25-June 13

  • Saturday and Sundays: 1-8 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday: 4-8 p.m.​

June 14-Aug. 25

  • Monday-Thursday: Noon-7 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sundays, and holidays*: 1–8 p.m.

*Holiday hours may vary but will be posted in advance.

Tot Splash

The ​children's wadding pool will be open for toddlers. 

June 14-Aug. 25

  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

​Lap Swim Only Schedule

At least two lanes will be available for lap swim during open swim hours. 

Lap Swim only: June 14-Aug. 25

  • Monday-Thursday: 7-8:30 p.m. (2 lanes available)
  • Sunday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (four lanes available) 

Deep End Testing

All children under the age of 12 must pass a deep end test to swim every season at Buhr Park to swim in the deep ​end. Deep end testing will be available at scheduled times throughout the day.  

Tunes at 2

Swim, relax and jam! We plan to play music daily from 2-4 p.m.

Group Swim Lessons

NEW: Aqua Infants Experience

Tuesdays, 1-1:30 p.m. 

Runs weekly from June 18-Aug. 6 (no classes the week of July 4)

These drop-in classes will offer an opportunity for your 6-12 month old swimmer to sing, swim and socialize. Each week, the instructor will lead the group in songs, games and activities that will help your little swimmer get comfortable in the water and learn a few skills. We will be offering 30 minute class every Tuesday, June 18 to Aug. 6, 1-1:30 p.m. Fees: $7.25 per drop-in class or five punches for $30. ​​​

Traditional group lessons

Group lessons are offered for children ages 6 months and up. Class size is limited. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Swim lessons are 30 minutes and the fee is $55, resident; $67, nonresident. ​
Register Here

Registration Da​tes:

  • Session 1 available 5/1/24 at 8 a.m.
  • Session 2 available 7/1/24 at 8 a.m.

Session 1

  • Tuesday/Thursday, June 18–July 11
  • Sunday, June 16-Aug. 11 (no class on ​​July 3-7)

Session 2

  • Tuesday/Thursday, July 16-Aug. 8 

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Time Level
9-9:30 a.m.DolphinsTiger Sharks
9:40-10:10 a.m.Goldfish​
Hammerhead Sharks
10:20-10:50 a.m.GuppiesMako Sharks
11-11:30 a.m.MinnowsDolphins​
11:40-12:10 p.m.GoldfishMako Sharks
12:20-12:50 p.m.MinnowsDolphins


Time Level
9-9:30 a.m.DolphinsTiger Sharks
9:40-10:10 a.m.GoldfishHammerhead Sharks
10:20-10:50 a.m.GoldfishMako Sharks
11-11:30 a.m.GuppiesMako Sharks
11:40-12:10 p.m.MinnowsDolphins
12:20-12:50 p.m.MinnowsDolphins

Group Lesson Levels


This program helps toddlers ages 1 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.


A class for 3 and 4 your old swimmers who are just starting off. Swimmers will be in the water with only the instructor and will work on getting comfortable in the pool and some important basic skills.


This class will work on building the basic skills in the water. Your 5 and 6 year old beginner swimmers will work towards more independence in the water. They will be challenged to float and move through the water on their own.


Fundamental aquatic skills for those who can fully submerge head, float independently, blow bubbles and feel comfortable in the water.


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.


Intermediate stroke development for those who can swim front and back crawl for 10 yards, demonstrate elementary backstroke and enter deep water comfortably.


Full stroke development for those who can swim front crawl for 15 yards with rotary breathing, swim backstroke for 15 yards and tread water for at least 30 seconds.

Private Swim Less​ons​

Individual swim instruction for swimmers ages 3 to adult, each private lesson is 30 minutes long and customized to meet the needs of the swimming participant. Please call the pool to find out dates and times available. Space is very limited. Private lessons are for one participant only. Fee: Half hour $18 resident; $22 nonresident. ​​

Ann Arbor O​​ctopods

An inclusive team for swimmers ages 5-17. There are four sessions throughout the year, with registration required for each session. Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool, front crawl. The summer session of Octopods Swim Team will participate in the Washtenaw Interclub Swimming Conference (WISC) which offers competition in dual meets along with a championship meet at the end of the season. Practices for the summer take place at both Buhr Park Pool and Veterans Memorial Pool. When registering, select the desired practice time and location. Summer registration will open May 1 at 8 a.m. Summer session runs from June 17-July 26. Have questions or want to talk to a coach? Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

Register Here

​Buhr Practice times

11 and up, advanced 9/10: 

  • Monday-Friday: 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 7-8:30 p.m.  

10 and under: 

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30-10:30 a.m.  
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7-8 p.m. 

Vets Practice times

11 and up, advanced 9/10:  

  • Monday-Friday: 7-8:30 a.m.  
  • Monday-Friday: 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

10 and under: 

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Buhr Park Day Camp

Our outdoor camp offers opportunities for fun both in and out of the water. Campers will spend the day outdoors playing field games, water games, traditional camp games, sports, and loads of crafts. Campers will be grouped by age and be paired with camp counselors they will spend their week with. Our camp themes will guide crafts, games, and activities but campers will spend a great deal of their day playing in the outdoors. Every day of camp will include active games, crafts, a snack, and swimming time. Buhr Park will not host camp the week of July 1-5, check out other camp opportunities at Fuller Pool or Gallup River Camps for this week. Campers ages 5-12 may register. 

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.                

Camp Fee: $210 resident per week; $255 nonresident per week.

Register Here

June 17-21, Space Week
June 24-28, Mythical Creatures Week
July 8-12, Music Week
July 15-19, Pirate Week
July 22-26, Mystery Week
July 29-Aug. 2, Dinosaur Week
Aug. 5-8, Michigan Nature Week
Aug. 12-16, Around the World Week​

City of Ann ​Arbor Public Pool Rules​​​

  • ​​All swimmers must take a shower before entering the pool.​
  • Everyone must wear a clean bathing suit with liner to enter the water.
  • No running or horseplay.
  • All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older.​
  • All children under the age of 12 must pass a deep end test in order to swim in the deep end.
  • Inflatables are not allowed in the pool (balls are permitted). All flotation devices must be U.S. Coast Guard approved.
  • Diving is permitted only in the deep end of the pool. No flips, spin jumps, or back dives are allowed.
  • No smoking.
  • Snorkels, masks, fins, kickboards, and pull buoys are for lap swimming only.
  • The City of Ann Arbor is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • The wading pool is for children ages 7 and under accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and/or guardians must actively supervise their children.
  • No glass containers are permitted within the pool area.
  • The consumption of alcohol prior to or while visiting the pool is prohibited.
  • Persons with infections, a communicable disease, or open skin irritations are not allowed in the pool.
  • No spitting or otherwise polluting the pool.
  • No pets are allowed on the pool deck.
  • No animals are allowed in the pool.
  • ​All food waste must be disposed of in garbage cans.