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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 ​
​Buhr Outdoor Pool is now open for the 2019 summer season!  Registration for our summer programming is open.  Take Swim Lessons, enroll in Day Camp or join our Swim Team!

Day CampOutdoor PoolSwim LessonsSwim TeamSplash Days

To view all the programming we offer click the 2019 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 is now closed for the 2019 season.  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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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.​  To register for any program or buy a swim pass click Rec 1 Registration System

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

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 27) ​Resident ​Nonresident
​Youth or Senior​$95​$120
​Adult​$125​$160
​Family*​$240​$300
​Regular Pass (purchased on or after May 28) ​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 Schedule
June 15-September 2

​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:
Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- Aug. 1; Session 4: Aug. 5-15.  Each Session consists of eight classes meeting Mondays-Thursdays for two weeks.  Tadpoles, Minnows, Dolphins and Sharks are 30 minute classes.  Otters and Orcas are 45 minute classes. 

​​​​​​​​Tadpoles

​​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:
Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- Aug. 1; Session 4: Aug. 5-15.  Times:  10:10-10:40 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-noon.

​Minnows

​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:  Session 1: June 17-27; Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- August 1; Session 4: August 5-15. Times: 8:50am-9:20am, 9:30am-10:00, 10:50am-11:20, 11:30-12:00

Dolphins

​​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:
Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- August 1; Session 4: August 5-15​Times:  8:50am-9:20am, 9:30am-10:00, 10:10am-10:40, 10:50-11:20.

​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. Fee: $45, resident; $55 non-resident. There are four different sessions:
Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- Aug. 1; Session 4: Aug. 5-15.​  Times:  ​​8:50-9:20 a.m., 9:30-10 a.m., 10:10-10:40 a.m., 10:50-11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-noon.

Otters

​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:
Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- August 1; Session 4: Aug. 5-15. Times:  10-10:45 a.m., 11-11:45 a.m.

Orcas

​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:
Session 2: July 8-18; Session 3: July 22- August 1; Session 4: August 5-15.​  Times:  9-9:45 a.m.

​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.  Lessons are offered June 18 - Aug. 16 on Monday through Thursday, noon-1pm.  

​​​​​​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 Saturday, July 13 from 2:00-4:00! 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.


Outdoor Ice Ar​​ena

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena is closed for the season. 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

​Day​Time​Note
​Tuesday
7:45 - 8:45 pm​Half-price admission
​Wednesday

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


​Thursday
7:15 - 8:45 pm​
​Friday
7:15 - 8:45 pm​
​Saturday
2:30 - 4:30 pm​
7:15 - 8:45 pm

​Sunday
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:

December 26, 27, 28, 31

Jan. 1, 2, 3, 4, 21

Feb.15, 18

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 24 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.  

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 - 8:45 pm​Drop-in women only
​Tuesday

​3:30 - 4:30 pm
9 - 10 pm

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