Veterans Memorial Park Pool and Ice Arena

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About the Facility

The Veterans Memorial Sports Complex features the Veterans Memorial Park outdoor pool (open in spring and summer), indoor ice arena (open in fall and winter), lit baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a 30,000 square foot skatepark, meeting room and a park shelter available to rent. A concession stand is available in the main lobby, along with coin-operated lockers and storage units. Veterans Memorial Park​ has multiple parking lots so be sure to review the parking guide (PDF) and general park access details.

The Veterans Memorial Park Outdoor Pool is open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. The City of Ann Arbor operates three outdoor pools, in addition to Mack Indoor Pool. Learn more about our other pools.

The Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena is open seasonally, every fall and winter. The complex includes a regulation-size rink of 85 feet by 200 feet with spectator seating for 800. A standard line of hockey and skating accessories are available in the pro shop and we have four hockey locker rooms.

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2150 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 481​03

Cameron Schmitt,
Recreation Supervisor​

734.794.6235​​

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Swim Lessons

Register online for swimming lessons! Class descriptions and level information are available under each class link on the catalogue.  Registration for Session 2 is now open!


Octopods

The Ann Arbor Octopods Swim Team is for ages 5-17. The spring and s​ummer classes are hosted at Veteran's Memorial and Buhr pools!




2024-2025 Rink Schedule

Looking for ice arena schedules, registration or other information? Check below for more rink information.

Veteran's Memorial Outdoo​r Pool​​​

Daily Admission

  • 3 and under FREE with a paid adult
  • Youth ages 4 to 17: $5
  • Adult ages 18+: $6
  • Senior ages 60+: $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. Punch passes are not valid for master's swim times. Passes are only valid for one year at any of our public pools. Punch passes are not eligible for refund.

  • (10 punches): $40
  • (25 punches): $100
  • (50 punches): $187.50
  • (100 punches) $350

Public Swimming Schedule

Two lap lanes will always be available for lap swimming during open swimming hours.

Open Swimming

  • Monday-Friday, 1-8 p.m. (no camps 3:30-8 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Sundays, and holidays*: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.​

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

Veterans Memorial Park Pool will operate through August 25, 2024.

Tot Splash Schedule

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*This time is dedicated to having only the tot pool area open. In addition to this time, the tot-pool area will remain open for use during open swim hours.

Family Swim Area

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*This time is similar to Tot Splash, but extended into the main pool to accommodate families with both toddlers as well as elementary school aged children.

Lap Swim

  • Monday, Wednesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Waterslide

Patrons must be 42" tall to ride. For your safety, jewelry, or swimsuits with zippers are not permitted on waterslides. Only one patron slides at a time as a single rider.

Waterslide hours:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 1-8 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 1-6 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1-5 p.m.
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

*Schedule subject to change.

​General Information

Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an individual at least 16 years old. If your child is not toilet trained, please have them wear a swim diaper or waterproof pants. For your safety and comfort, smoking, alcohol, glass containers and inflatable toys are prohibited. The City of Ann Arbor's four pools offer a variety of programs for all experience levels. This includes swim team, swim lessons as well as lap and public open swim times. There are also a wide range of rental opportunities at each facility for personal or business use.

Deep End Testing

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

Adult Swim

During open swimming, 10 minutes prior to every hour will be adult swim only. This is a great time to have children use the restroom, take a break, drink water, and reapply sunscreen. There will not be adult swim 10 minutes prior to the pool closing.

Tunes at Two

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

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.

Youth Swim Lessons

Group lessons are for children ages 6 months and up. Ability requirements must be honored unless prior instructor approval is granted. Register at any city pool during public swim time, by phone or online. Unless otherwise noted the fees are: $55 resident/$67 nonresident. Please note that there is a new schedule this summer.

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

  • Mon./Wed. June 17– July 10 
  • Tues./Thurs. June 18 – July 11
(no class on ​​July 3rd or 4th)

Swim Lesson Fees: $55 resident/$67 nonresident ​

Session 2​

  • Mon./Wed. July 15-Aug 7
  • Tues./Thurs. July 16 – Aug 8
Swim Lesson Fees: $55 resident/$67 nonresident


Monday/Wednesday Lesson Time Level
9:00-9:30 a.m.DolphinsHammerhead SharksMako Sharks
9:40-10:10 a.m.DolphinsTiger SharksGuppies
10:20-10:50 a.m.DolphinsMinnowsGoldfish
11-11:30 a.m.GoldfishMinnowsMako Sharks
11:40-12:10 p.m.GoldfishMinnowsDolphins
12:20-12:50 p.m.GoldfishDolphinsMako Sharks
Tuesday/Thursday Lesson Time Level

 
6:00-6:30 p.m.Minnows   
6:40-7:10 p.m.Dolphins   
7:20-7:50 p.m.Mako Sharks   

 

NEW: Aqua Infants Experience
Thursdays 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Runs weekly June 20-Aug 8 (no class 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. Pre-Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

GUPPIES

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.

GOLDFISH

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.

MINNOWS

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.

DOLPHINS

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

MAKO 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.

HAMMERHEAD SHARKS

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

TIGER SHARKS

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 Lessons

Individual swim instruction is for swimmers ages 3 to adult, each private lesson is 30-minutes long and customized to meet the needs of the swimming participant. Private lessons are for one participant only. Fee: Half hour $18 resident; $22 nonresident. Typically, private lessons will be available, June 14-Aug. 17, Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. -1 p.m. Full schedule to be determined, check with staff to schedule.

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 am.

Have questions or want to talk to a coach? Contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

​Birthday Parties

​Interested in having a birthday party at Veteran's Memorial Outdoor Pool? We allow birthday parties on a first come first serve basis. Space on the pool deck is non-reservable. We do have an indoor meeting room that is available to rent out for birthday parties. Reach out to staff for further information, or to schedule a birthday party!

Group Visits​

Fuller Park Pool and Buhr Park Pool no longer accommodate large groups including but not limited to camps, schools, and other organizations. If you would like to coordinate a visit for your group, please contact Veterans Memorial Pool at 734.794.6235 or [email protected]. Veterans Memorial Pool will accommodate groups as space allows. Please notify Veterans Memorial Pool a​t least 5 days prior to your desired visit date to check availability.


 

 

 



Veterans Memorial Ice Arena​

Daily Admission

Adult: $6
Youth/Senior: $5
Skate Rental: $3

Sticks and Pucks

Sticks and pucks at Veterans Memorial 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 front desk 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.

**Rink only provides rental skates, nets and pucks

Admission Fees

Adult: $8
Youth/Senior: $7
Skate Rental:​ $3
** Ice Skating Punch Passes are not valid for Sticks & Pucks admission

Hockey Leagues

We are growing our hockey programming for the 2024-2025 season. For more information reach out to Veteran's Memorial Staff at [email protected].

Birthday Parties

Want to have your birthday party at the rink with all your friends? We are now hosting parties during our Saturday and Sunday public skates; 1-2:30 p.m. You get the party room from 12:30-3 p.m. that you can bring in whatever food and drink that you like. We have refrigerator and freezer storage capabilities as well. Cost: $100 (paid at reservation); $6 for each skater, skates included (counted and collected the day of). Book online or call the rink at 734.794.6235.

Meeting Room Rental

The Veterans Memorial Park meeting room is available to rent year-round. The room is approximately 718 square feet with a small refrigerator, 65" TV, speakers, connections for laptops, video and other portable devices. The room features eight tables (6 feet x 2.5 feet) and 50 chairs. Fees are $40/per hour, resident; and $50/per hour, nonresident (one-hour minimum rental). For inquiries, please reach out to the general email box, [email protected]

Ice Explorers

Age Group: Children 2.5 - 3.5 years old

Duration: 30 minutes per class

Description: Ice Explorers is an introductory program designed to prepare young children for our Kinderskate program. This class eases children into the ice skating experience through a structured approach:

First 3 weeks: Off-ice classes

Focus on developing foundational skills that will ease the transition to on-ice activities.

Remaining weeks: On-ice classes

Apply and build upon the skills learned off-ice.

Requirements:

  • Helmets
  • Gloves

This program serves as an ideal stepping stone for children before they enter the Kinderskate program, allowing them to become comfortable with ice-related activities in a gradual, age-appropriate manner.

Kinderskate

Age Group: 3.5 to 6 years old

Duration: 45 minutes per class (30 minutes instruction + 15 minutes circle time where parents can join (skate rental $1))

Description: Kinderskate is designed for preschool-aged children with no prior skating experience. This program helps young skaters develop preliminary coordination and strength on the ice while building confidence in skating and themselves.

Key Features:

  • Four progressive levels
  • Fun and games for an enjoyable, memorable experience
  • Works with Snowplow Sam badges

Equipment Requirements:

  • Helmets are required
  • Snow pants and gloves recommended
  • No double runners or adjustable skates allowed

This introductory class provides a positive and structured environment for young children to begin their skating journey.

Beginner Skating

Age Group: 6-15 years old

Experience Level: No prior experience necessary

Description: This program builds a strong foundation for new skaters, allowing them to explore the world of skating at their own pace. The curriculum is divided into two main stages:

  1. Active Start:
    • Encourages skaters to replace hesitation with excitement
    • Fosters a love for skating
  2. FUNdamentals:
    • Focuses on developing key skills:
      • Agility
      • Balance
      • Coordination
      • Speed

Class Coverage: Basic badges 1-3

Equipment Requirements:

  • Helmets are required
  • Gloves are required

This program provides a structured and enjoyable environment for beginners to master essential skating skills, setting the stage for further advancement in various skating disciplines.

Advanced

Description: This advanced class is designed for skaters who have mastered the fundamentals and are ready to progress to more complex skills. The curriculum covers badges Basic 4 and up, focusing on three key areas:

  1. Skating Skills
  2. Spins
  3. Jumps

Program Structure: The class is divided into these three sections to ensure a comprehensive development of figure skating abilities. This structured approach provides skaters with a strong foundation in all essential aspects of the sport.

Progression: Upon completing this level, skaters will have the skills and knowledge to choose their path in figure skating:

  • Recreational skating
  • Competitive figure skating

This class serves as a crucial steppingstone for those looking to advance their skating abilities and potentially pursue figure skating at a higher level.

Beginner Hockey Skills

Description: This program focuses on teaching the essential skills of hockey skating, emphasizing proper techniques with and without the use of pucks.

Skaters will learn:

  • Basic hockey stance
  • Stride technique
  • Knee bend
  • Other crucial fundamentals for hockey success

Goal: To develop more proficient and agile skaters on the ice.

Prerequisites:

  • Skill level equivalent or higher than Learn to Skate Basic Badge Level 2
  • Skaters must provide their own hockey stick and helmet

This class is designed to build a strong foundation in hockey-specific skating skills, preparing participants for future hockey training and gameplay.

Adult Instructional

Age Group: 16 and older

Skill Level: All abilities welcome

Description: This inclusive skating program is designed to accommodate adult skaters of all skill levels, from complete beginners to more experienced skaters looking to refine their techniques. Whether you're stepping onto the ice for the first time or aiming to perfect your skills, our class provides a supportive and engaging environment for adult learners.

Key Features:

  • Personalized instruction to match individual skill levels
  • Focus on both fundamental and advanced skating techniques
  • Opportunity to progress at your own pace
  • Supportive atmosphere for adult learners

Safety:

  • Helmets are required for beginners
  • Helmets are highly encouraged for all participants, regardless of skill level

Whether you're skating for fitness, social enjoyment, or personal challenge, this class offers a great opportunity to develop your skating abilities in a fun, adult-oriented setting.

Join us to experience the joy of skating, improve your skills, and meet fellow adult skating enthusiasts!

Fitskate: On-Ice Fitness Class

For: Skaters ages 18+ who can comfortably skate forward, backward, and stop.

Description: This class utilizes your on-ice skills organized into three workout categories:

  1. Body Weight
  2. Speed, Agility, and Quickness
  3. Resistance

Together, these components provide a complete skating workout.

Schedule: Starting September 30th, Mondays, 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

  • First 30 minutes: Structured workout
  • Final 15 minutes: Finish workout or cool down

Required Equipment:

  • Yoga mat
  • Two dumbbells (2-10 pounds, sized to your fitness level)
  • Skates

Note: This class requires a minimum number of participants to run. It may be cancelled if there is insufficient interest. Please sign up early to ensure the class takes place.

Join us to enhance your skating abilities while getting a full-body workout on the ice!

Adult Hockey Skills Clinic

Whether you're looking to improve your game or get back on the ice, this adult hockey skills clinic is perfect for players of all levels. Our experienced coaches will focus on:

  • Skating techniques and power
  • Puck handling and control
  • Passing and receiving
  • Shooting accuracy and power
  • Positional play and game strategy

Sessions combine drills, and personalized feedback to help you elevate your performance. Suitable for beginners to intermediate players aged 16+. Full hockey gear required.

Join us to enhance your skills, build confidence, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow adult players!

Youth Hockey Skills Clinic

Give your young hockey player the edge they need to excel on the ice! Our Youth Hockey Skills Clinic is designed for players aged 6-16 who want to improve their game and have fun doing it.

Our experienced coaches will focus on:

  • Foundational skating skills
  • Stick handling and puck control
  • Passing and receiving techniques
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Basic offensive and defensive strategies
  • Teamwork and sportsmanship

Through a mix of engaging drills, and games players will develop their skills in a supportive environment. We cater to all skill levels.

Full hockey gear required. Join us to watch your child's confidence and abilities grow both on and off the ice!



Please reach out to Veteran's Memorial Staff if you have any questions regarding ice skating lessons this upcoming season!